Give the gift of innocence, beauty

Emile Claus

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men. Martin Farquhar Tucker

When I am traveling and hosting conferences and writing a book at the same time, I do not have the time to write long blog articles. Yet, in meeting all of these moms and talking with them, what I have to say is fresher and my ideals are at their highest. Yet, time is a limitation and I must stick to my deadlines, so I would appreciate your prayers.

But, one thing I would say this morning, is give your child, (and yourself), the gift of an innocent heart. A child's heart is hopeful, trusting, loving, unashamed, unselfconscious and pure.

We are what we feed on. Whatever things are true,  whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things, ( Phil. 4:8), was the grid through which I taught my children to cultivate life. If it didn't fit this grid, then we did not do it.

There is a power and strength to purity and innocence. It brings flashing light and reality to impure things. It sees the value of people compared to possessions. Innocence has a testimony, a voice and an ability to see God, as no other. (Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matt. 5:8)

So, consider how to eliminate evil, contemporary values, materialism, sarcasm, junk, violence, inane media, dependence on machines from your children's lives. You only have a season of time to build in them an appetite for what is best.

And so, in this vein, I commend my sweet daughter, Sarah's blog to you. It is filled with beauty and with the filling of souls with all that is beautiful, as this was how she was raised and the fruit of her soul reflects the foundations that were laid. Simply place your cursor on the picture and you will enter her world and see a little of her Oxford life.

Beauty and innocence to you, today, my sweet friends.