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Titled: Secrets of a Happy Home Life
Almost all that follows are direct quotes:
"Christ's peace is a blessing, which comes out of struggle and discipline."
"the etymology of the name 'wife' - it means 'weaver'"
Weaver -a weaver of life - a home weaver. That is a beautiful thought.
Home is the true wife's kingdom. There, first of all places, she must be strong and beautiful. She may touch life outside in many ways, if she can do it without slighting the duties that are hers within her own doors.
Love is always discipline
We say we train our children; but they train us, also, if we think of them as we should,—as immortal beings come from God to be prepared by us for their mission.
"My child, I fear you; you are a spirit, soul! How shall I walk before you? and keep my garments whole? O Lord, give strength, give wisdom for the task. To train this child for You."
If we receive them (children) as Christ's messengers, as sent to us in His name, and entertain them as we would entertain Him if He had come in place of them, we shall get from them deep and rich good and joy.
Love's first lesson is that of giving up one's own way, denying one's self, suffering in silence. Where this lesson has been learned, or is being learned, in a household of young people, each thinks of giving to the others, not of taking from them. Each cultivates gentleness and kindness. The speech of the home grows quiet and tender, is never loud nor angry.
It is possible to grow into all the beauty of peace wherever we may be placed. A lily finds its home in a black bog, but blooms into perfect loveliness
Criticism never fosters affection; you never loved any one better for criticizing you. Usually the best service we can do to a brother or sister is to live a sweet, patient, beautiful, Christly life ourselves, leaving to God the fashioning of their lives.
Suppose you went into an artist's studio and saw a picture at which he had been working for months, yet unfinished; would you, not being an artist, take up his brush and begin to put touches here and there on the canvas? Each life of husband or wife, child, brother or sister, in your home is a picture which God is painting, and which is yet unfinished. Beware that you mar not His work!
If only we can make Christ an abiding guest in our home, and if we can keep ourselves aware of His being with us, our household life cannot help but grow wondrously sweet!