I recently picked up an old favorite, "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss. This book never ceases to challenge me in new ways to walk closer to the Lord and live out practically the faith He has given me. It's not necessarily a quick read. It was written in 1880 and full of language that can take time to digest, but I think that the foreward says it best:
"One book in particular that appears to be having the greatest impact among Christian women is Stepping Heavenward. According to Elisabeth Elliot, Kay Arthur, and Joni Earekson Tada, Stepping Heavenward will encourage, inspire, and challenge your walk with Jesus Christ in a dimension that few have entered.... I have heard that some have lost interest in the book before reaching the half-way mark. And equally I have heard that it was after the half-way mark that their lives were forever changed."
This weekend I was pondering this quote from the book as I was wading through the mess here at home, trying to create order and dealing with the various needs of the children.
"Suppose then you content yourself for the present with doing in a faithful, quite, persistent way all the little, homely tasks that return with each returning day, each one as unto God, and perhaps by and by you will thus have gained strength for a more heroic life."
My most hated task by the end became rewarding as I considered how I could do it in such a way as to be a blessing to the Lord and to my family.