Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Other Side of The Story

"Martha takes a most prosaic view of this proceeding, in which she detects malice prepense on my part. She says I shall now have one mouth the 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 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, to 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!
excerpted from Stepping Heavenward
by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss

1 comment:

Amy said...

How beautiful! I was in Solid Ground Christian Bookstore in Vestavia Hills, AL the other day and started to buy this book. I wish now that I had. Thank you for sharing this excerpt. I will surely get this book. By the way, I look forward to checking in here. Thanks for the encouragement.