"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Queen of the Home {16}

"Home is the true wife's kingdom.
There,  first of all, 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.
But if any calls for her service must be declined,
they should not be the duties of her home.
These are hers, and no other one's.
Very largely does the wife hold in her hands, as a sacred trust, the happiness
and the highest good of the hearts that nestle there.
The best husband - the truest, the noblest, the gentlest, the richest-hearted - 
cannot make his home happy if his wife be not, in every reasonable sense, 
a helpmate to him.
In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife.
Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere.
Her hands fashion its beauty.
Her heart makes its love.
And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman
who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call,
should consider any price too great to pay, 
to be the joy, the blessing, 
the inspiration of the home. "
~J.R. Miller, 1874