Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuesday Tea Time & Testimony ~When You Are Weary

We are joining our Friend Sandi over at Rose Chintz Cottage for another edifying and encouraging Tuesday Tea. She has some wonderful advice this week and that is to smile! I am wondering if God did not intend that little message for me hehehe!!

I have been reading and enjoying recently Devotionals with Laura by Dan L. White. As I look to the next several weeks ahead with my husband traveling for work I found myself feeling a little discouraged and overwhelmed facing the household and all my responsibilities. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a kindred friend in this, she to also faced days that seemed long with much work that needed to be done on the Rocky Ridge Farm.
Here is an excerpt from the devotional
Here are Laura and Manly's reflection on how hard their parents worked.

The Man of the Place and I were sitting cozily by the Fire. The evening lamp was lighted and the day's papers and the late magazines were scattered over the table. But though we each held in our hands our favorite publications, we were not reading. We were grumbling about the work we had to do and saying all the things usually said at such times.

"People used to have time to live and enjoy themselves, but there is no time anymore for anything but work, work, work."

Oh, we threshed it all over as everyone does when they get that kind of grouch, and then we sat in silence. I was wishing I had lived altogether in those good old days when people had time for things they wanted to do.

What the Man of the Place was thinking, I do not know; but I was quite surprised at the point at which he had arrived, when he remarked out of silence in a rather meek voice, "I never realized how much work my father did. Why one winter he sorted five hundred bushels of potatoes after supper by lantern light. He sold them for $1.50 a bushel in the spring, too but he must of got blamed tired of sorting potatoes down cellar every night until he had handled more than five hundred bushels of them."

"What did your mother do while your father was sorting potatoes?" I asked.

"Oh she sewed and knit," said the Man of the Place. "She made all our clothes, coats and pants, undergarments for father and us boys and well as everything she and the girls wore, and she knit all our socks and mittens ~shag mittens for the men folks, do you remember, all fuzzy on the outside? She didn't have time enough in the day to do all the work and so she sewed and knit at night."

I looked down at the magazines in my hand and remembered how my mother was always sewing and knitting by the evening lamp. I realized that I had never done so except now and then in case of emergency.

But the Man of the Place was still talking. "Mother did all her own sewing by hand then," he said,"and she spun her own yarn and wove her own cloth. Father harvested his grain by hand with a sickle and cut his hay with a scythe. I do wonder how he ever got it done."

Again we were silent, each busy with our own thoughts. I was counting up the time I give to club work and lodge work and yes I'll admit it ~politics. My mother and my mother in law had none of these, and they do use up a good many hours. Instead of all this, they took time once in a while from their day and night working to go visit a neighbor for the day.

"Time to enjoy life!!" Well they did enjoy it, but couldn't have been because they had more time.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

I was blessed to know an older more seasoned Christian women than I who God crossed my paths with a few years ago, and I adored her she was so full of spirit and life and I remember something she said to me that I do not think I shall ever forget she said "Speak it how it should be and not how it is!" wise words indeed. So instead of grumbling under my breath speaking how it is, I will dig out some of that joy from down in my heart and speak it how it should be! There is always time for Joy.


Laura Ingalls Wilder suggestion of what to read when you feel weary Matthew11:28 & Romans 8:31 to 39

Matthew 11:28-30
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Romans 8:31-39
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  1. Good morning Watts Family,
    I really enjoyed your post today! I love your little blue tea pot and cups. Laura Ingalls Wilder has always been one of my favourite authors. I would really like to visit her homestead someday! I really enjoy reading about days gone by. My grandmother also made everything by hand and worked from dawn until the lights were turned out. Thank you for joining me today for Tea Time. I have added your link to my post. Have a beautiful day, dear friend.


  2. I so enjoyed this post. It looks so warm there. Could you send some my way?

  3. Hi Heather,
    I really enjoyed this post. Oh my, I've been a little down lately what with hubby traveling and all there is here to do on the farm when he's gone, and I'm not even going to mention the weather, but how on earth can I complain. What I have to do is nothing compared to what women did "way back when"! Oh my, humble pie.
    Laura is one of my favorites. My husband and I read and re-read the books to all our kids while growing up, and they read them too. I thought I had all of her books and writings but the one you mentioned here is new to me. I will have to look it up. I do have her list of Bible verses, which the LIW society in Mansfield copied out, which is in Laura's handwriting. It was found in her Bible which she kept by her chair. We live about 45 minutes from her homestead, Rocky Ridge Farm, and have visited it more times than my kids want to remember. Whenever we had relatives visiting, that was one of the places we took them. I still like to go there and go through the house and museum. I always see something new in the museum that I missed before. Her home is as she left it the day she died, and the Rock House has been restored and open to the public too. If you are a fan, it's worth the visit. Every year, Mansfield has a Laura Ingalls Wilder festival which is fun too.
    There is a lot to learn from her life and writings. Yesterday, I was having lunch with my 28 year old son(the dairy farmer) and his wife, and he was discussing the weather and mentioned that maybe we are having a "Long Winter" like Laura had! You can tell this was a subject we really studied!! he,he,he, Enjoyed your post.
    God bless, dear friend,

  4. Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing it and all those wonderful Scripture passages too. I know that feeling of being overwhelmed as it fits so well with all that has been going on with my life since my dad died.

    I just love Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have all the books and the cookbook. I love how they cooked with a LOT of grease! LOL

    You have a wonderful week as you trust in God your Savior to supply all your needs:)

  5. Farmers here have a tough time too with it not bringing in enough and the men having to work full time elsewhere.
    I'm in a pocket village surrounded by farms and try to support them by buying their beef and eggs. Unfortunately no veggie farmers close by.
    Your blue teapot and cups look inviting.
    Have a great week.

  6. Dear Heather,

    A very nice devotional, indeed! Oh, how much wisdom and common-sense Laura had; she had such a refreshing way of reminding us how bad off we are NOT.

    Thanks for sharing the scriptures, too. Resting in the Lord is only real kind of rest, isn't it?

    I hope you had a lovely tea; time for us to warm our teapot here!



  7. great post! It's amazing how work was for them back then, and yet we complain even though we have so many conveniences that make it easier. Work is good for all of us, but it is so wonderful to rest in the Lord. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I can get to feeling tired and weary more often than I'd like to admit. These verses bring great encouragement. Thanks for posting!
    Kindly, ldh

  9. Hi Heather! What a beautiful tea set, and I love that beautiful blue color!! Your post is inspiring, and is a healthy dose of reality as well! I enjoyed tea very much with you today, and thank you! ~tina

  10. Dear Heather,

    Laura Ingle Wilders is such an encourager. I have never read her ~ but it is never too late to learn from someone that has been blessed with wisdom.

    Dear friend, I know this week is rough for you, but you are surrounded by your lovely family and us - eventhough we are far away - you are in my prayers.




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