Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Her Gentleness

Then her gentleness is another part of her qualification for duty. She should have, must have, really has, influence and power of impulsion, if not compulsion. Were she utterly powerless , she could do nothing. Her influence, however, is a kind of passive power; it is the power that draws rather than drives, and commands by obeying.

Her gentleness makes her strong.

How winning are her smiles, how melting her tears, how insinuating her words.
Woman loses her power when she parts from her gentleness.
It is this very yielding, like the bulrush
lifting its head after the rush of water which it has bowed,
that gives her a power to rise superior to the force of circumstances which,
if resistance were offered, would break all before them.

She vanquishes by submission.

How necessary gentleness is to the fulfillment of her mission
in handling the young and tender spirits of her children,
in training the first delicate shoots of their infant dispositions,
and for directing the feelings of that one heart on which she depends for her happiness.

There are many varieties of disposition in women,
which may make them sensitive, petulant, irritable, jealous, quick to feel and to resent;
but not withstanding all this, and under all this,
there is a gentleness of disposition
which indicates this vocation
as destined to influence and constrain by love.

-John Angell James, Female Piety



Mrs. C said...

I always come away thankful, after reading your posts.

Thank you for the gentle reminders, teaching the rest of us loving obedience in all areas of our feminine calling.

Eric and Hannah Avery said...

What a wonderful reminder!

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for all of your information!! You so inspire me. We are a two income family and I feel God telling me tha tI have acomplished what I sought out to do and now it's time to come home. Our youngest daughter is now twelve and she needs me so much, but hubby does not fell we can make it on one income. He is a Godly man tna the Choir director, but he is not ready for me to come home. What should I do, continuing to trusting in God to deliver..

Jasmine said...

June, thank you for this. It's beautiful.

Treasures from a Shoebox said...

I needed this today Jasmine! Thank you :)

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