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What is home?
What does it mean to us?
A place of peace--rest--affection?
Of gaiety--and laughter?
The place we love--reverence--yearn for?
For which we are ready to work,
and plan and strive?
Or does it mean confusion, inharmony?
Hour after hour of petty quarrels, differences?
Frowns and fault-finding?
Home is first of all within ourselves.
The most stately of mansions, the richest draperies,
rarest rugs, furnishings will not make a Home--
Unless there is Peace--Stillness--Unselfishness--
within Every Heart.
Home is not bounded by the four walls of a house.
It is the heart of Life.
To it Life comes.
In it Life is nurtured, ideals born,
knowledge gained.
Upon it the strength of the nation is built.
It is the cradle of World Progress--
And guarding it, guiding it with skillful hands--
watching with seeing eyes, are
Women--and Men.
The woman Within--the man Without--
returning at night
to the Home Centre--his day well-spent.
The World's Home-Makers.
The World Without--the business day--
is like the home
World Within.
The tasks that must be done are tasks--
The Man at work--
Driving the trolley, that others may ride to work.
Guiding a bank, that money may do
its most for business.
Managing a store.
Tilling the fields
For what?
For his own home--and for all homes.
That is why business exists.
The woman's work is more than
Scrubbing potatoes--
Preparing the meal--
That the family may be fed.
Washing the floors, the paint--that the home,
The Centre of Industry, may be Clean.
It is comforting the child--
Pouring peace and harmony upon the man--
who is disturbed by the friction without.
Each tiny task a brick in the structure of
Home--the Centre
For which civilization exists.


The basis of happy home life is a real Home Partnership. The man earns, the woman wisely spends, and works at home, creating for the man the comfort and rest that he must have--that mental, spiritual and physical sustainment that only a quiet home can give.

The phrase "Home Partnership" means much:

A common understanding of the size of the family income; an amicable budgeting of the general expenses, including sufficient for the personal expenses of the man,--also the personal expenses of the wife. A friendly agreement as to the selection of the home and its furnishings, for it must express both the man and wife; the training of the children; and the family pleasures.

"Togetherness" is the keynote of a successful home. But it does not mean that everything should be shared. In many cases this results in the overpowering of one personality by another, the strongest dominating.

In any successful business partnership, either partner can make a plan, which is discussed by the two. If objections are raised feelings are not hurt. The arguments are heard and, if either one proves the plan is not good, the one who presented it is big enough to give it up. On the contrary, if it still appears to be a good plan, it is quietly explained further. Without loss of temper, sick headaches, hard words, the matter is settled.

The reason so many home plans go wrong is that both the man and woman are not "sold" solidly on the idea. The man says "yes" when he knows it's not right, because the woman teases him into acquiescence; the woman says "yes", because she is afraid of a long argument.

In a successful partnership, the woman must back up intuition with reason--and the man must speed up reason!. . .

Home Partners or Seeing the Family Through
by Ida Bailey Allen


Once upon a time
There was a woman
Who loved
She longed to paint, to make fine music.
But her life was cast in other lines.
Disappointment embittered her soul.
"Shall I live forever in a dream of what I cannot be?" she said.
"Because my time must be given to homely tasks and the care of children, shall I never express beauty?"
She visited a gallery.
She saw a picture--a perfect thing.
Fruit arranged in a basket, and some garden flowers.
And near-by another--a quaint bowl of milk--a loaf of bread and a blue-eyed child.
"I have fruit, and a basket covered with dust," she said.

It was time to feed the Littlest Child.
He was blue-eyed.
There was a wholesome loaf.
On the top shelf was a quaint bowl.
She put it before him--filled with milk.
The scales fell from her eyes--
She had the WHOLE Loaf.


is the biggest job in the world; it bosses them all. It hangs over the others like a storm cloud, or a ray of sunlight, as the case may be. It is the gigantic hub of the wheel of life, with its radiating spokes of lesser positions on which the world rides to its destiny.

Your giants of industry; your brilliant men of letters; your military geniuses; your titanic engineers; your world-renowned statesmen, philosophers, mystics; your musicians, painters, sculptors -- all -- yes, every mother's son of them--must own his subservience to the home and its influence, where were moulded and skillfully directed his earliest thoughts and ambitions. Yes, it goes beyond his earliest years even to the wonderful moment when his coming was realized, and through the long months until he was an actuality.

His mother was more than "A rag and a bone" -- in each case she consciously, or unconsciously, possessed knowledge of the greatest science of them all -- that of home-making. She must have understood the value of the sunlight, of fresh air, water, cleanliness, good food well combined and thoroughly cooked; of sanitation; of common-sense nursing, and the influence of environment; of sensible clothing; of rest periods; of a good admixture of normal work and play; indeed, it is even more than probable that she was endowed with "the love of God" and with this light watched the unfoldment of the soul as closely as she watched that of the body.

Hidden beneath the exterior of every personality there is -- of ambition. Every woman in the world has a secret longing to better her own condition and to help to make the world "homelike." . . .

Ida Bailey Allen's Modern Cookbook, 1924

Dear Gentle Reader,

IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK THE KITCHEN. It's time to unlock the pantry, to venture once again into our cellars and storehouses, and break free from the golden shackles of convenient, ready-made, industrial food. It's time to cook supper....When you think of it, what could be more important than feeding yourself and others with good, wholesome, well-prepared food and truly enjoying the experience?...Cooking slowly with patience is inherently entertaining, and for food it yields tastes better, costs less, and connects you with the people you feed in a way that a prefabricated meal can never hope to do. There is, it cannot be denied, unspeakable pleasure in providing sustenance for others with the labor of one's own hands....

The Lost Art of Real Cooking:
Rediscovering the Pleasures
of Traditional Food
One Recipe at a Time,
Ken Albala, 2010

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click ---> The World-Tilting Gospel:
Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight

click ---> God's Wisdom in Proverbs ii

click ---> The Organized Heart:
A Woman's Guide to Conquering Chaos
(a, b, c)

...It is at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a believer to cease from living to himself. He who blesses others cannot fail to be blessed himself. On the other hand, to seek our own personal greatness is a wicked and unhappy plan of life, its way will be grievous and its end will be fatal.

click ---> Charles H. Spurgeon

click ---> Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
but unto Thy name give glory,
for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake.

† Psalm 115:1♥

click ---> Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

† 2 Corinthians 2: 14-17♥

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click ---> put off the old man ~
put on the new man
Spirit-filled life!
(a, b, c)

. . . It seems to me that if a man is a Christian, Christianity ought to eat him right up. It ought to go right through him, and he should be known to be first and foremost a Christian man. Let him be all the rest on an equality with his fellow-men, and I think he may even be superior to them in business tact and capacity. I believe that religion will even sharpen his intellect, and that often communion with God in prayer will give him that calm frame of mind which will enable him to do his business all the better. But the first thing with a saved man is to glorify God, and if you are in a position where that cannot be the first thing, it is a question whether that is the position you should occupy. . . .

In Christ's church any man more earnest
than his fellows will at first meet with
greater opposition from the church than
from the world.

Charles H. Spurgeon

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If you believe first,
you may have as many good works as you please;
but if you believe, you will never trust in them,
for if you trust in them you have spoilt them,
and they are not good works any longer.
Have as many good works as you please,
still put your trust wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ,
for if you do not,
your key will never unlock heaven's gate.

Author Unknown

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click ---> Bird of Paradise Quilt top (a, b, c) ii, iii

...Elizabeth Phelps's diary also reveals that quilting activity ebbed and flowed, depending on her personal responsibilities and life stage. When she was a young unmarried woman, Elizabeth quilted an average of six times a year just prior to her marriage, and usually with friends....After she married and began rearing her young family, the busy housewife was able to quilt less than once a year....As her children grew older and more self-sufficient, Elizabeth quilted about twice a year on average....

Four Centuries of Quilts:
The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

Think your plate is full ~ especially during the holidays?

"I rose at half past four, got breakfast for seven persons, washed the dishes, made the beds, swept two rooms upstairs, scrubbed scoured tin ware chairs and benches, scrubbed the porch, and whitewashed the ceiling, and was done before 11 o'clock. I did not get dinner but washed the dishes, scrubbed another porch, churned, worked in the garden awhile, got supper for six, warshed dishes, fed chickens, gathered the eggs, fed three calves, milked two cows, strained the milk of five, washed the milk buckets, and trimmed a hat before going to bed."


"Fannie and I sewed ourselves sick. Stitched day after day, morning to night. I have about two months sewing to do. I never was so tired of sewing in my life. My fingers are worn out. Made a black silk dress and had much trouble with it. I think life would be so much more pleasant were it not for the trouble and bother of sewing and making clothes. I do wish Mother Eve style had always been in vogue. I wouldn't mind pinning a few leaves together. But, OH!, deliver me from the monotonous stich stitch from morning till night and give rest for aching eyes, sore fingers, and the like."

A man's shirt?

"Stitching the collar: 4 rows, 3000 stitches. Sewing the ends: 500. Buttonholes and sewing on buttons: 150. Sewing the collar and gathering the neck: 1204. Sewing the sleeves: 2532. Setting in sleeves and gussets ....The total: 20620 stitches for which a seamstress in 1860 would be paid about: $.75. To the rescue the sewing machine."

. . . The Great American Quilt, WBGU-TV, 1992

click ---> . . .Let us not judge ourselves by others, and say, with deadening self-complacency, "We are getting on well as compared with our brethren. There are not many additions to our churches, but we are as successful as others." O brothers, if some are still further behind in the course, that does not increase our hope of winning the race! While I was ill, a friend endeavoured to comfort me by remarking that many suffered far more than I did. He looked unutterable things when I replied, "None but a fiend could derive comfort from the greater agonies of others." Shall we, if we have but little of God's blessing, be thankful that others have still less? Did you tell me that John Johnston's potatoes are smaller than mine? I am not going to have my potatoes judged by John Johnston's; my standard as a gardener is not the worst specimen, but the best. Let us measure ourselves by our Master, and not by our fellow-servants: then pride will be impossible, but hopefulness will be natural. We are capable of much greater things; let us attempt them. It is time for us to live, for we are growing old. . . .

Charles H. Spurgeon

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The riches of God's
glory and grace
to you

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Illumination has been granted you. Comfort, also, in a season of depression, or upholding in a time of temptation. God has given you much, today. If He has taken anything away from you, yet still bless His name! It was only what He had given and He had a right to take it. Look through the day and you will find that God has acted towards you as He promised that He would act. You have had trouble, you say. Did not He say, "In the world you shall have tribulation"? Has He not spoken concerning the rod of the Covenant? Affliction only illustrates His faithfulness. Carefully observe the fulfilled promises of each day—it is a good custom to conclude the day by rehearsing its special mercies. I do not believe in keeping a detailed diary of each day's experience, for one is very apt, for lack of something to put down, to write what is not true, or at least not real.

I believe there is nothing more stilted or untruthful, as a general rule, than a religious diary—it easily degenerates into self-deceit. Still, most days, it not all our days, reveal singular instances of Providence if we will but watch for them. Master Flavel used to say, "He that notices Providences shall never be without a Providence to notice." I believe we let our days glide by us unobservant of the wondrous things that are in them and so miss many enjoyments. As in Nature the uneducated person sees but little beauty in the wild flowers— "The primrose by the river's brim, A yellow primrose is to him, And it is nothing more,"so we, for lack of thought, let great mercies go by us. They are trivial to us, and nothing more. Oh, let us change our ways and think more of what God has done, and then we shall utter a song concerning His faithfulness every night!

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I do not believe in keeping diaries and putting down every day what you feel, or what you think you feel but never did feel. I fear it would become a mere formality, or an exercise of imagination to most of us; for when I read very pious people’s diaries they always seem to me to have had an eye to the people who would read them, and to have put down both more and less than the truth; I am a little frightened at the artificial style of experience which it must lead to. The fact is that we have not a great deal to put down everyday if we lead an ordinary life! But there are days which ought to have a memorial. Days of sore trouble and of great deliverance, days of sharp temptation and of wonderful help—these need to be chronicled.

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Charles H. Spurgeon

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what do you ♪♫♪♫"jot note"♪♫♪♫ in gratitude?
temporal or eternal focused?

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Is it a 'spiritual discipline'?
Is it part of 'spiritual formation'?
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How can we possibly believe the promises concerning Heaven, immortality, and glory, when we do not believe the promises concerning our present life? And how can we be trusted when we say we believe these promises but make no effort to experience them ourselves? It is just here that men deceive themselves. It is not that they do not want the Gospel privileges of joy, peace and assurance, but they are not prepared to repent of their evil attitudes and careless life-styles. Some have even attempted to reconcile these things and ruined their souls. But without the diligent exercise of the grace of obedience, we shall never enjoy the graces of joy, peace and assurance.

John Owen