“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household(and the mess of her daughter’s:) and does not eat the bread of idlesness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.” ~Proverbs 31: 26-29
Today my mom came over to our messy apartment in order to clean. She has offered several times since she knows that with classes all week, it is often difficult for me to keep on top of our little two bedroom abode. Well, I called on her services this week and not only did we have a chance to hang out for a few hours and enjoy some serious brilliant, spiritually knowledgeable mother and philosophical daughter talk, but mom eagerly and energetically dusted every surface, scrubed the fireplace hearth (we never knew it could look so shiny:), vacuumed, did laundry, cleaned the bathrooms…well, you get the picture! She did it all and now, our home just feels fresher, renewed and inviting for the first time in a long time!
To mom: you have never failed to give of your time, love, wisdom, affection, passion for biblical truth and- most importantly- of yourself to us and I know that there is no greater testament to a mother’s love than this.
What I learned from mom today:
1. When cleaning, begin by picking up all the junk lying around (an organized method of cleaning? Who needs that?;)
2. A damp cloth can certainly clean any ashen hearth (one more surface to clean but my, what a difference it makes!)
3. Polish wooden furniture (let it shine for once!)
4. Sometimes it’s helpful for someone else to do a little rearranging (our dresser looks so good! Thanks mom!)
(And then our talks):
5. Abraham Lincoln was indeed a very depressive individual as have many great men been through the centuries
6. I should research the story behind the goddess Europa
7. Ecclesiastes is not the depressing book many believe it to be(it’s easy to only notice the numerous assertions of “meaningless! meaningless!” and miss what is really there…tons of great wisdom and insight for all stages of life. One of my favorite versus from this book? “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you–for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed another.” Yikes!!:)