A mother's tasks!
(J.R. Miller, "Intimate Letters on Personal Problems" 1914)
I know well that a mother's tasks in the home, caring for her children, are not light. It is no easy thing to go on in the same routine, day after day, week after week, month after month . . .
always keeping sweet,
always having a shining face and a cheerful word,
always strong to meet every question and perplexity and difficulty which comes to you.
But I want to say a word of encouragement to you. The mother 's place is the highest place to which any woman can be called! When God puts into your hand a little child . . .
to care for,
to watch over,
to inspire and train for life and eternity —
He puts upon you serious responsibility.
But He also promises the strength you need, and the help for every experience.
One of Augustine's great prayers was, "Command what You will — and then give what You command." That is the way God always does, if we trust Him and go forward in simple confidence. Whatever He commands us to do — He will help us to do. Nothing is impossible when we have Christ with us and in us.
I want to help you to enter upon your days, whatever their care may be, with the confidence that your Master is with you and is going to help you to get through everything beautifully, victoriously and sweetly.
It is a great thing to be able to live victoriously, amid all the cares and frets and frictions and trials of everyday life.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Philippians 4:13