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, March 18, 2011

The Hedge of Thorns

Our family just finished reading "The Hedge of Thorns" by John Hatchard in 1819 and rewritten by Mark Hamby in 1999.  It's an excellent book about how the Lord put's protective barriers around our lives but how our sinful, rebellious nature often breaks through the walls of protection.  Of course, that's where consequences abound and we can either become bitter over them or be thankful for the Lord's Hand in our lives.  I read this with my 25 year old many years ago when she was young and was surprised that my 18 year old remembered.  Evidence again that young children get more out of what they are exposed to (either good or bad) than you imagine. 

Thanking the Lord today for the many hedges He put in my life and for the thorns that kept me from walking a dangerous path.

P.S.  If you are interested in this book, you can order from Lamplighter Publishing.  It's a great company.

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