This book is a collection of essays directly from her heart to the hearts of mothers everywhere. She has suffered much worry and heartbreak over the lifestyle choices of her teenagers and young adults. However, you don't have to have a wayward child to benefit from this book. It will speak to every mother who seeks to guide her children into a life of righteousness! As Mrs. White says in the chapter entitled, Mother of Sinners:
It is a sad and somber day when Mother realizes her children are sinners. There is something called "The Depravity of Man" and a "sin nature." These are things our children will fight against, each day, for the rest of their lives. It causes them great pain and suffering . . . But it hurts Mom the most. The sad realization is when you have young adults and teenagers who try so hard to walk the road of righteousness, but keep getting distracted by the world. They come home full of adventurous experiences - some thrilling, some heartbreaking - but there is sadness in their eyes and marks from the thorns. There is no pure holiness in them, like you thought there would be when they were baby-cherubs in your eyes. There is dirt and filth because frankly . . . . your children have been dangerously playing in the world. And it will tear your heart out.
Her admonition? Don't give up no matter what! Keep patiently loving them, praying fervently for their souls, and trusting God with their lives! Mrs. White lovingly reminds her readers that God is working behind the scenes, and using even their shortcomings and failures to shape the lives of our children. We must trust Him!
She encourages mothers to persevere in the hard work of mothering! A godly mother has an unbelievable impact on her children, her grandchildren, and on future generations. Mothers must not give up when they don't see the fruit of their labors; they must keep working and praying and trusting that the harvest will come! This is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
I see this as what we mothers are doing in the home. We are labouring in difficult fields, training and caring for our children. sometimes we encounter stubbornness, willfulness, and foolish decisions, as our children learn and grow into adulthood. They don't see all the work we do behind the scenes - we struggle with drought, too much rain, wildlife, and a multitude of weeds who come in and try to destroy our crops. We toil in these fields on a daily basis and often we don't see success. We wait . . . and we pray . . . and we beg God to give us patience and mercy so that we can continue on each day. But we rarely see our results until many years later.
I think that Mrs. White has completely captured the life of a devoted and godly mother in those words!
If you are looking for a book that contains a 5-step approach to fixing your kids and their problems, this is not the book for you. Instead, this book offers you heart-felt encouragement and shares practical ways to persevere in faith and trust in God. My favorite chapter, "How a Godly Mother May Guide an Imperfect Family," lists thirteen ways to stay strong in the Lord through the difficulties and trials.
As the reader, you will find yourself encouraged to mother your children lovingly and patiently. You will be encouraged to persevere through the trials, looking to the Lord to be your source of hope and joy. You will be inspired to be a gentle, godly mother who will leave a legacy of faith and love that will impact her family for generations to come.
Mrs. White is the Mother of 5 children and a Grandmother of 2. She has been homeschooling for more than 20 years. She and her husband live in an old 1800's house in rural Vermont.
Her blog, "The Legacy of Home," was created in April 2009 and was designed to encourage homemakers and homeschoolers to have peaceful, godly homes.
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