It's March! Did you know it's Women's History Month?
When I am tempted to think I have too much to do I habitually remember Abigail Adams, who fought a war from home with civility, intellect, devotion, and a pen. I also think of Isobel Kuhn and Gracia Burnham and Elisabeth Elliot. I think of Hudson Taylor's long-suffering, praying mother. I think of women I know, like Regina Syabbamba, and Hildegarde Johnson.
I think of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who upon meeting, Abraham Lincoln said, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
This woman did not waste her time, nor did she sacrifice her role as a wife and mother in order to fight slavery. She, like so many women, gave her life to each, finding that one compels the other. I read this book last year, and highlighted most of it. I particularly enjoyed her personal journal entries from the time in which she was writing Uncle Tom's Cabin at her kitchen table, while caring for a houseful of children. I find it comforting, enlightening, funny, familiar, and encouraging.
“True love ennobles and dignifies the material labors of life; and homely services rendered for love’s sake have in them a poetry that is immortal.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe