As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Thoughts

I have shared this quote before, but I think it bears repeating here on this Mother's Day weekend...

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."
~G.K. Chesterton

Me and My Mom, 1961

I have been so blessed in my life to have known many women who saw their task as a mother as a "huge" one, a serious one, a vital one.  My own mother took her mothering job very seriously.  (She still does.  Once a mother, always a mother.)  My daughter Kristin and my daughter-in-law Sarah are two more such mothers.  How grateful I am!   A grandmother's heart is at rest when she knows that her beloved grandchildren are being raised by such mothers.

If you are a mother, may I encourage you to recognize the enormity of your task?  And may I direct you to the One who equips you for this task? 

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

A few years ago, I shared more thoughts about mothering.  You can read them ~here~. 


  1. What a sweet picture of you and your mom. I very much enjoyed going back to ~here~ and learning more of your thoughts on being a godly woman and a godly mother. Thoughtful words and good advice.

  2. I remember that feeling with my firstborn -- no parents were going to come and get him -- we were the parents! KInd of a shock:) Actually I experienced the same shock the day after my wedding -- wow we are permanently attached to each other! I have been so inadequate for both tasks -- wife and mother -- but I pray that the Lord Himself will fill up all that is lacking. Thanks for these encouraging words.

  3. Wonderful quote!

    I love your Mom's dress - so beautiful...Kati looks like her!

    I am thankful everyday for the blessing of being given this amazing job....


  4. A very sweet post, and photo,Cheryl. and the quote of a grandmother's heart at rest! Priceless!

    Happy Mother's Day !


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