One site I’ve really begun to enjoy is the “Girl Talk” blog run by the Mahaney women (thanks to Bethany R. for the recommendation!). As I was browsing through it yesterday, I stumbled across a couple great thoughts on motherhood that I thought I’d pass along. They’re the kind of things I want to keep in mind as I enter this adventure of being a mom myself (and they’re the kinds of things that my own mom kept in mind, too! :)).
The first quote is from “Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss (my blog’s namesake :)). She is responding to some questions and criticisms she was receiving from someone as she prepared to welcome her third child into the world:
“She says I shall now have one mouth the more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music, and drawing. Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other. Here is a sweet fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ’s name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother’s heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers!”(Stepping Heavenward, p.228-229)
The next quote is from the reader who sent the previous quote in to the website (sorry, I have no name to credit for it). I was blessed by it, though:
The world says that children are a burden. The Bible tells us they are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). The world tells us that our significance is found in making a name for ourselves. The Bible tells us that we are to make God’s name great, in whatever He has called us to do. I need to remember, in however mundane the task, that God has bestowed on me the high and holy honor of raising children to live for His glory. May we embrace our calling as Mrs. Prentiss did, with great joy and purpose, making a willing sacrifice of time, love and leisure for the sake of the precious children the Lord has entrusted to us.