Billy Graham: A Quote for Mothers

March 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm 7 comments

Too many women have too much leisure time for their own good. They have time for criticism, gossip, faultfinding, and complaining. They have time for idle games and lay too much attention to things of the flesh. There are other women who have too little time for the enduring things of life. They are too busy flitting about doing this and that. They have great activity and much doing, but they lack time for building Christian characters.  Both kinds of women — the too-idle and the too-busy need to take time for meditation and quiet repose in prayer to God. They need time to cultivate their souls that in turn they may cultivate their children’s lives.

~ Billy Graham

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. adri  |  March 25, 2009 at 11:11 am


  • 2. Cindy  |  March 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Where are these women? I can give em something to do. But, seriously, good word and one we should take to heart.

  • 3. Cindy  |  March 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    What happened to the taupe fleu-de-lis?

  • 4. composite  |  March 26, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

  • 5. van  |  March 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

    And when our children are gone — we cultivate the lives of others – those whose journey on earth has been a daily challenge. Thanks for taking the time to share these rich quotes.

  • 6. madlove78  |  April 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for posting this quote. It’s a great reminder of the importance of our role as women and as mothers, and of how we should prioritize our lives to carry out God’s will. It means a lot to me, and strengthens me, to know that you are out there in the world and that we are both looking toward the same horizon. I’ve read a few of your entries and can already tell you will be an inspiration to me.

  • 7. Holly @ Crownlaiddown  |  April 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Amen! I needed to read this today, friend.

    May God bless you and make your fresh new dreams come true!


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