Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth 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 dwells is worthy of 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 dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Family Poem

Herbert Russell, the ruler of his home

Gives glory to Jesus; the one true God alone.

That he may become a man after God's own heart

and that love to his children generationally departs.

Cynthia Dineen, the bearer of God's light,

Will judge and disern the wrong from His right.

She will shine forth in this world with God's precious love.

She is a true gift from the Father above.

John Russell, God's joy shines on his face.

To the world he will show God's precious grace.

He will become the man of prayer he was prophesied to be

And spend many a day down on his knees.

Nicholas Brian will be victorious and strong in the Lord.

The Word he shall yield - his mighty sword.

The battles of life will be fought and won

because he will seek power from the Son.

Timothy Levi will grow to be an honorable man.

Seeking the Lord for His holy plan.

His joy will be contagious to other in this life.

To join them to the Truth, his source of Light.

Praise Elizabeth will praise the Lord all her days.

She has a testimony of life that cannot be swayed.

She will give her oath of allegiance only to Christ.

And His life will radiate throughout her life.

Michael Elijah will be bold for the Lord.

He will express God's character to a lost dying world.

God's glory and grace he will share unashamed.

His fervor for Jesus shall never be tamed.

Emily Ruth, what an incredible joy

Will forever be in the Lord's employ

A true friend she will strive to be

and win many a heart for eternity.

Herbert = Bright, Ruler; Russell = Like a fox
Michelle = Who is like the Lord; Rene = Reborn
Cynthia = Bearer of God's Light; Dineen = Judged
John = God is gracious; Russell = Like a fox
Nicholas = victory; Brian = Strong one
Timothy = Honored by God; Levi = Joined to
Praise = Praise; Elizabeth = Oath of God
Michael = Who is like the Lord; Elijah = the Lord is God
Emily = Industrious; Ruth = Friend

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