"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Word to Busy Mothers

This is a poem from a book entitled "Garden of Grace" by Mrs. Silas Bowman. One of my good friends sent it to me (Thanks Christal :-) and since it both convicted and encouraged me I thought I'd share it here.

A Word to Busy Mothers
Since you are a busy mother, you have much to do.
Things are often in a rush and you are often in a stew.
Meals to fix, clothes to wash, and dirty floor to sweep,
Little tots and babies, too, to care for and to keep.
Garden must be tended; there is sewing to be done;
Certain deadlines must be met; you are always on the run.
Though this work is all important, keep it in it’s place.
Never let it shut out God or stop His flow of grace.
While you are hanging out the wash or ironing with care,
Still your thoughts to meditate and breathe a silent prayer.
Read a portion of God’s Word while rocking babies to sleep;
Count your blessings while you work although you feel to weep.
Sing about His goodness as you pick, prepare, and can;
Speak about His praises and His mercies to mere man.
Tell the children of His love while tucking them in bed;
Thank Him daily that His hand has clothed them, warmed and fed.
In the evening leave your work and worry in God’s care;
‘Ere you start another day prepare yourself in prayer,
And God will surely bless your day and give you grace to do
All those things that must be done and always fall on you.

Mrs Silas Bowman


  1. lovely. Thank you for this tonight.

  2. Wise words in a beautiful poem. May I repost this, copy it, and generally use it for my own purposes? Giving credit, or course, to Mrs. Silas Bowman.

    1. Jenny, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. It's fine with me if you use it. We just found it in a christian poetry book (Garden of Grace)

  3. Very well said. Someone should put the poem to music, so it can play in my head all day.