Love-A Variation On A Theme

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 of 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

~ Jo Ann Merrell ~

We should try to appreciate every moment that we can
with our children and never wish their childhood away.
One hundred years from now it will not matter
what kind of car you drove,
or what kind of house you lived in,
or how many books you wrote,
or what your clothes looked like;
but the world may be a little better because
were important in the life of a child.

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