“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Loving the colors!
“We have lofty demands for suitors (well, not that lofty – just that they have Jim Elliot’s heart, C. S. Lewis’s mind, William Wallace’s courage, Clark Gable’s face, Cary Grant’s clothes, Josh Groban’s voice…), but we want them to love us just the way we are. So the men we want to marry often don’t really exist – and if they did… well… why would they want to marry us?”
“So, we make our wish lists and pray that we get Missionary Martyr Malibu Ken for Christmas. But what will we have to offer him? How are we preparing to be what he might need in a wife? How long are our lists of standards and requirements for ourselves?”
“Godly men need women who have the intrepidity, courage, and sturdy virtue to come alongside them in the rigors of their lives. They also need wives who have a good grasp of such things as current affairs, worldview, and politics, and who care about the things their husbands are interested and involved in. They need helpers who recognize that loving their men means loving the mission and work their men are called to.”
“Men need women who will know how to represent them in their interests well, as their ambassadors. “The heart of her husband safely trusts in her,” says Proverbs 31:11, “and he will have no lack of gain.” When husbands know they can depend on their wives, it gives them confidence to be more peaceful, more visionary, more entrepreneurial, more full of faith, and more bold in their leadership.”
“Men need wives that will keep them on the path, speak words of life to them, be a voice of wisdom, encourage them in righteousness, inspire them to fight the Lord’s battles, and be a challenging example of pure conduct before them.”
“A good wife is heaven’s last best gift to man: his angel, his minister of graces enumerable, his gem of many virtues. Her voice his sweet music, her smiles his brightest day, her kiss the guardian of his innocence, her arms the pale of his safety, the balm of his health, the sure balsam of his life. Her industry his surest wealth, her economy his safest steward, her lips his faithful counselor, her bosom the softest pillow of his cares, and her prayers the ablest advocate of blessings on his head.” – Jeremy Taylor.
“Ultimately, they need wives who will stir their hearts, soul, minds, and strength toward undivided focus on God and the work He has called them to.”
“In choosing wives, most young men aren’t looking for a mommy to take care of them, a goddess they can worship, or a human Pomeranian they can pamper. They want a friend, someone they can talk to, confide in, get counsel from, and, yes, enjoy being around. We often want them to choose wives according to what’s good for them, but we can’t expect them to choose wives the way they would choose a hairstyle or a nasty medicine.”
“An excellent wife dose more than pack is lunches and pick up his socks (although these are important). She delights him with her company and conversation, sustains him with her strength, stimulates and sharpens him with her wisdom and intelligence, emboldens him with her praise, bolsters him with her cheerfulness, comforts him with her love, and heartens him with her courage.” (<– This is my favorite quote from this book)
“We didn’t realize that a woman’s appearance, countenance, speech, and attitude don’t just communicate who she is – it says something to the world about who her husband or father is. Whether intentionally or not, we don’t just communicate our identity – we communicate theirs too.”
“While a good man should never choose a wife based solely on her posture, make-up, shoes, hair, expressions, tone of voice, weight, and people skills, he absolutely will choose a wife based on her overall outlook, spirit, personal taste, attitude towards others, view of herself, and character. A good man will see past a dignified bearing, joyful and loving countenance, tasteful attire, thoughtful eyes, peaceful composer, or gentle and quiet manner – to see strength and dignity, love and joy, aesthetic discernment (good taste), thoughtfulness, peace, and a gentle and quiet spirit. And these are all the things a good man would want on his crown, at his side, and in his home.”
“The best (and only appropriate) thing we can do to “encourage a suitor to pursue us” is to be worth their pursuit. If we want to be found, we need to be worth finding. If we want God to give us to a good man, we need to be a good gift.”
The Little’s, having a snooze on the love seat as it dumps snow from the sky <3
I love photography. I know, I know, I hide it so well.
I’m taking one of the Great Courses, er, courses on photography, it’s taught by Joel Sartore of National Geographic.
Highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more. Applicable from amateur to professional.