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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Be at the Crossroads . . .

Ran across this recently and I've always

The time comes in every woman's life when her youngest goes off to school ALL day.  It's an amazing time, 6-8 hours of peace at home, in one big chunk, everyday.  During that time, the only dishes in the sink are the ones you used, the only shoes accumulating by the door are the ones you kicked off.  Ahhhh!  The peace and quiet it feels so good.

     Sooner or later those free hours begin to fill up, book groups, lunches with friends, a part time or full time job, shopping, errands, new hobbies,  pets, there's always something to fill those newly discovered hours of freedom.  Mothers, don't miss  this opportunity to remain at the crossroads.

     President Harold B. Lee, speaking about the righteous influence of mothers, encouraged mothers everywhere to stay at the crossroads of the home.  He teaches us that, “Mothers are the creators of the atmosphere in the home and do much to provide the strong foundation for their sons and daughters, to provide them with strength when they leave the influence of their homes.”  This never ceases to be a principle of utmost importance whether they be 2 or 20 years of age.  The mother continues to be the single greatest contributor to the atmosphere and spirit of the home.  Don't miss being at the crossroads. 


Sue said...

I liked being at the crossroads.


Andrea said...

LOVE that quote!

Julie said...

The first time I heard this phrase it spoke to my soul. I have tried to do it ever since. If I can not physically be at the crossroads when my children are coming and going I make sure they call me so they know I am there in spirit and love if nothing else.

mCat said...

This always has brought mixed feelings to me. I wasn't able to be at the crossroads and the guilt was sometimes overwhelming. But then as I have gotten older and seen muy kids become successful adults, I have lightened up on myself and acknowledged the hand of Heavenly Father at the crossroads when I could physically be there.

Kristin said...

Great comments all!

In todays busy lifestyle it's difficult to be at the crossroads always for each child, frequently, amongst other obligations it is one child that takes us away as others are arriving home . . . but I always loved President Gordon B. Hinckley's thoughts about doing the best that you can do and letting Heavenly Father make up for the rest . . .

"You never know how much good you do."

Now, my dear sisters, that is the way with you. You are doing the best you can, and that best results in good to yourself and to others. Do not nag yourself with a sense of failure. Get on your knees and ask for the blessings of the Lord; then stand on your feet and do what you are asked to do. Then leave the matter in the hands of the Lord. You will discover that you have accomplished something beyond price."


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