Planting Seeds… J.R. Miller

 

All our thoughts, words, and acts are seeds. They have in them a quality which makes them grow where they fall, reproducing themselves. This is true of the good we do. The mother’s teachings enter the mind and heart of her child as mere germs; but they reappear in the life of the son or daughter, in later years, in strength and beauty, in nobleness of character, and in usefulness of life. Not only is this strange power in the mother’s words; her acts, her habits, her tones of voice, the influences that go forth from her life, are also seeds, having in them a vital principle. Where they lodge, they grow.

You never can lose your mother. She may die, and her body may be borne out of your sight, and laid away in God’s acre. You will see her face and hear her voice no more; no more will her hand scatter the good seeds of truth and love upon your life’s garden. But you have not lost her. Your mind and heart are full of the seeds which fell from her hand along the years. These you never can lose. No hand of death can root them out of your life. They have grown into the very tissues of your character. They reappear in your habits, your dispositions, your feelings and opinions, your modes of thought, your very phrases and forms of speech. You never can lose your mother; the threads of her life are woven inextricably into your life.

~J.R. Miller

The Seeds We Scatter

Notes on Time to a Younger Mother…Something to Think About

I am, by nature, an introvert.

God, by nature, likes to stretch us beyond our comfort levels.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

I, by nature, wanted one child.

God, by nature, gave me four children!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

I, by nature, want to create.

God, by nature, wants to create.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

 

He understands your many responsibilities, the many things that pull on you as a woman. You must ask Him to help you find the minutes here and there.  You must ask Him to show you how to organize your projects in a way that will work for you.

For example, when I’m working on a project, I will often pin or sticky note a note to myself to tell me what the next step is, so that I can go back to it without rethinking it.  I also have several projects going at once.  So, I try to do all the cutting out that I can at once.  The next time, I try to do all the marking I can at once.  Next time, it’s all the pinning I can do at once.  Then, all the sewing I can do at once.  Then all the pressing.  I’m sure you get the picture.

I want blocks of time.  God gives me minutes.

I’m trying to learn to discipline myself to use those minutes more wisely.

Laura

Happy at Home with my four wonderful blessings!

6, 8, 10, and my teenager

If you’d like to see a photo of my blessings, you can find them on my other blog, Harvest Lane Cottage.  Just scroll down on my Day Book entry.

 

My First Give Away!

Hi!  I’m proud to announce my first GIVE AWAY! 

I’ve been so pleased to have so many readers visit my blog each day since I started in December.  When I started I didn’t think I had anything to say.  Surprise!  I did.  ~smile~  Funny, that didn’t surprise my husband a bit.  ~big smile~  Anyway, I’ve had a few faithful commenters who have been such an encouragement to me.  Thanks ladies!  I am looking forward to meeting some of you who have been reading. 

So, here’s my first give away, in hopes that you will come out of hiding and comment!

10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

This is a great devotional book for moms.  No offense to the ladies who aren’t moms.  I’ll have something different for another give away.  In the meantime, if you win, perhaps there’s a special momma in your life to whom you could give it.

 

TO ENTER:

1.  LEAVE A COMMENT

2.  MENTION MY GIVE AWAY ON YOUR BLOG; THEN, COMMENT TO ME AND LET ME KNOW FOR A  SECOND ENTRY.

BE SURE TO LINK BACK TO THIS POST!

I’LL DRAW FOR THE WINNER ON JUNE 9TH.

I wish you luck!  I’m a little nervous about doing this for the first time.  Then again, I was super nervous when I was writing my first blog entry.  So come on ladies, help me gain a little confidence and enter my give away.

 

God bless you all!

Laura

Happy at Home

Something to Think About…Doing it Right….

“What we forget is that following God makes us different- from unbelievers, but also from one another.  God has created each of us uniquely and for a specific purpose; and in that purpose we can dare to accomplish what he asks of us.”

-Judith Couchman Daring to Be Different

As a young mother, and as a homeschooler, I’ve often looked to other mothers to know how to DO IT right.  You know, the right way to diaper, the right way to feed a baby, the right way to dress a toddler, the right way to discipline, the right way to teach my children.

Oh my!  Did I say MY children?  Could it be that teaching their children might be a bit different than teaching MY children?  Of course!  That’s why God gave them to ME to love, nurture, protect, teach and mother.  It took me years to realize that.  I always thought anyone else could be a better mother to my children.  As time has gone by, God has shown me that it’s just not true.  God in his divine wisdom creates the children for the parents and the parents for the children.  Thank you God!

If you’re feeling unsure of yourself.  If you’re feeling like you’re not good enough.  To that I say, Pshaw!  The LORD knew what he was doing when he chose you!  No matter what the circumstances of your child’s birth, or the circumstances you now find yourself in, YOU are chosen to be your child’s momma.  Lean on God, search His WORD and learn of Him.  That’s one reason He sent His Holy Spirit, to be our teacher.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.”

You CAN do this!  Yes, by all means, seek out older mothers, and your own mother for advice and support.

BUT- remember, your best advice and support come directly from the LORD and from the husband He has given you.  If you do not have a husband to love, guide, and protect you, the LORD himself is a husband to the husbandless.  Seek Him!  He’s waiting for you!

I encourage you to seek wisdom in Proverbs and in Psalms.  They are a great place to start.

May the LORD bless your mothering now and for all time.

Laura

Momma to Four Blessings