Saturday, November 1, 2008

Home is the True Wife's Kingdom

"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.  But if any calls for her service must be declined, they should not be the  duties of the home.  These are hers, and no ones'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 does depend 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 light, the joy, the blessing, the inspiration of the home.  

Men with fine gifts think it worth while to live to paint a few great pictures which shall sing themselves into the ears and hearts of men.  But the woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies."

                                                               -J.R. Miller

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