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!"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Cup of Tea

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful for beauty is God's handwriting--a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read "Everything I Know I Learned Over Tea" tonight to relax after a day of teaching at co-op.  It's a great quick read and encourages to take time for family, for friends, for even yourself in this hurried world.  Always enjoying a tea party with family, I am going to try this little tradition as part of our 3:00 snack each day.  A little time out in the busyness of school, chores, homemaking, etc. to reflect on the blessings of the day, the needs of my children, or even to dig into the Word to refill from a day of "pouring out".  May we each take time each day with or without tea to reflect on the goodness and the greatness of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



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