Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 144:15

Monday, March 15, 2010

Elizabeth Prentiss, encourager of godly motherhood

“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, 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! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest.”

-- Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward.

“The best convent for a woman is the seclusion of her own home. There she may find her vocation and fight her battles, and there she may learn the reality and the earnestness of life.”

--Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward.

“As you have spoken plainly to me, knowing me to be a wife and a mother, you must allow me to speak plainly in return,” I began.
“Oh, speak plainly, by all means! I am quite sick and tired of having truth served up in pink cotton and scented with lavender.”
“Then you permit me to say that when you speak contemptuously of the vocation of maternity, you dishonor not only the mother who bore you but the Lord Jesus Himself, who chose to be born of woman and to be ministered unto by through a helpless infancy.”

--Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward.


Bambi said...

Maddie--The pictures you chose here are so beautiful, as well as the words. The last paragraph is my favorite. Love, Mrs. Moore

martha said...

Madeleine, I have watched you as you joyfully serve your sisters and tend to their needs with such pleasure. May you always be surrounded by God's most precious treasures of "children"! You & kids go together like soup & sandwich! I love you....U BIG kid, yourself!!