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Inspiration for Mothers

While hunting down motherhood quotes for a baby shower, I’ve come across all sorts of wisdom.  Since we homeschoolers are mothers first of all, I thought I’d share with you.   And, please, if you have any quote or concept you love, please share it in the comments below.

Here’s one quote from The Mother At Home by John S.C. Abbott.  “If you would be the happy mother of a happy child, give your attention, and your efforts, and your prayers, to the great duty of training him up for God and heaven.” 

George Washington said of his mother, “All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

Billy Graham thought that, “Too many women have too much leisure time for their own good. They have time for criticism, gossip, faultfinding, and complaining. They have time for idle games and pay too much attention to things of the flesh. There are other women who have too little time for the enduring things of life. They are too busy flitting about doing this and that. They have great activity and much doing, but they lack time for building Christian characters. Both kinds of women — the too-idle and the too-busy need to take time for meditation and quiet repose in prayer to God. They need time to cultivate their souls that in turn they may cultivate their children’s lives.

His practical wife, Ruth Bell Graham, said, “As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.” 

After the birth of my oldest child, a nurse told me, “Your baby will tell you what she needs.” 

Yesterday an older mom told me, “Each child is an individual.  We moms need to step back and see the children the way God made them.  We cannot try to fit them into who they are not.”

Here’s one from my own mom, “Yes, your kids are sinners…just like their mom!”   

With awe one mom shared how she discovered, years after the fact, that the Lord had really answered her daily and sometimes hourly prayers for her very challenging child.  She had been led to do the very things that the experts recommended for a child like hers.

One very successful mom pointed out to parents of teens, “Remember, you are the adult!”

Douglas Wilson has written an excellent book full of wisdom, conviction, and encouragement, Standing on the Promises:  A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing.  Unfortunately I can’t quote the whole book here; instead I encourage you to read it.

Of course, the Bible is foundational to parenting and everything else.  Here’s one example, our wedding text, Philippians 4:4-8.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

May the Lord bless you as you raise and educate your children. 

Do you have any nuggets of wisdom to share?  Please tell us in the comments.

For more inspiration, see  No Ordinary Blog Hop, Encourage One Another Wednesday, Women Living Well Wednesdays, Works For Me Wednesday , Raising Homemakers.

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3 Comments

  1. JoAnn says:

    Such great quotes, all of them.

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  3. Rose Godfrey says:

    I really liked these quotes, especially the one from Billy Graham. Too often, I congratulate myself when I move from the goofing off type of idleness to the super-structured, wow-I-finished-my-list mode. It was good for me to remember that busyness can be just as empty as laziness.

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