“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful, which God has implanted in the human soul.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There has been a lot written about Frozen and all of the praise it is receiving is well-deserved. Frozen is the best movie produced by Disney since Beauty and the Beast, in my humble opinion. There is so much to like–the story, the music, the characters, the humor, and most of all, the message.
Here is my favorite character, Olaf, singing about summer.
On a more serious note, here is an article which talks about the message from Frozen–that romantic love isn’t necessarily the most important love of all but instead there are many other loves that are more important. It reminds me a bit of C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves.
I’ve started Framley Parsonage by Trollope this week. Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly reading his Barsetshire series. I loved Dr. Thorne last year and had planned to read Framley Parsonage sooner but didn’t get to it.
Since I’ve just started, I only have two quotes to share but as Trollope has wonderful insight into people and much wisdom, I’m sure I’ll have more to share as I make my way through the book.
“…if high principles without asperity, female gentleness without weakness, a love of laughter without malice, and a true loving heart, can qualify a woman to be a parson’s wife, then was Fanny Monsell qualified to fill that station.”
“She liked cheerful, quiet, well-to-do people, who loved their Church, their country, and their Queen, and who were not too anxious to make a noise in the world. “
I love that description of Fanny, Mark Robard’s wife. I aspire to have those same qualities myself. The second quote reminded me of 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the transitions that are the hardest.
When I was a young mother with an infant, wise older women told me about the different “seasons” in a woman’s life. They explained that things changed, depending on the age of your children, and that each season would have it’s own challenges and rewards. They also told me how no one season was really more difficult than another, just different.
What they forgot to tell me was how hard the transitions were. Just when you have a rhythm going in one season, it changes, and all of the things you knew are useless in this new season. You have to develop an entirely new way of thinking about things and doing things in order to live in this brand new world. Just as in childbirth, that time between the child in your womb and the child in your arms is the most arduous and painful of all.
I’m in a transition season right now. I am entering the home stretch of our homeschooling years and starting to think about what I will do when our education journey is over. I’m also transitioning into being a wife again and the mother of a special needs child. There are many transitions right now and they are hard. We have good days and bad days. We have days when I have no idea how to fit in all of the pieces of our lives to make a whole family that works together. We have times when I am being pulled in one direction by old habits and thought patterns and duties and in another direction by new habits, thought patterns, and duties. There are days I wish I could clone myself and days when I think that all of these various strands of my life might be weaving into a whole.
If you are in a place of transition, too, I sympathize. I will get through it and so will you. Philippians 1:6 says that “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. Isn’t that good to know?
“We’re looking for a kind of permeation of the sweet aroma of God’s truth in all that we do in our home and our children’s education, and we all need constant reminders to keep ourselves aware of that. It’s too easy to become dull in our educational pursuits.” –Unknown
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Our educational pursuits become dull as we wander away from the beauty and the sweetness of the Lord and His Word in our lives and in our children’s lives. Let us never forget the charge we have as mothers and teachers to teach our children about Christ and His great salvation before all other things. As He becomes the center of our homes and our schools, the fragrance of His knowledge will fill our hearts and minds and all of the other subjects we teach.