Digging Ditches

“Mothering is like ditch-digging.  As mothers we can do nothing to persuade or convince our children to love God.  We can dig the ditches, but we can’t fill them.  We can teach our children about God, pray for them, live the Christian life before them, and expose them to others who love and serve God.  But only God can give them spiritual life.  God doesn’t need our help, but in His sovereign plan He invites us to take part actively – to colabor with Him as He works in their lives.”

Jean Fleming, from her book
A Mother’s Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother

This quote was added to my Commonplace book 4/5/10

     I’m about one-third of the way through this book, which is filled with much wise counsel for Christian moms.  I’m slowly making my way, page by page, highlighter in hand, toward the book’s conclusion.  Many thanks to the sweet friend who sent this book to me several months ago.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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3 comments to Digging Ditches

  • Hi Cheryl,

    i am so happy you are enjoying the book.I had to learn the hard way to Let Go and not help God in my childrens lives. I love this quote. Thank you for sharing it with us.



  • Thanks for sharing that Cheryl. As my children become teenagers I am having to learn to let go a bit and let God work in them and make them who He wants them to be.  I love this quote! I copied it into my book too. Going to check out that book too – sounds like a good one.

    By the way, it is good to “see” you again! You have been missed!

  • I love that quote. Think I’m going to order the book. Thank you for the recommendation.