Thursday, October 16, 2014

Love In The Home -- A Poem

I just finished one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's books, A Love That Multiplies, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you don't recognize the name, The Duggars are the family with 19 children and are featured on a reality television show, 19 Kids and Counting.  Listening to this book has been such an opportunity to learn from a woman who is so many years ahead of me at striving to be a Godly mother.

Among many other gems in this book was a poem that Michelle has framed in her home where she can see it every day.  It struck such a cord in my heart that I will probably hang this somewhere in my home where I can see it every day as well.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper--not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness--not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window. Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials. Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive. Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood. Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God's perfection of my child. As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.
Author Unknown

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