Francine In Retirement
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     Who is the best cared for in every household?  Is it not the little children?  And does not the least of all, the helpless baby, receive the largest share?  We all know that the baby toils not, neither does it spin; and yet it is fed, and clothed, and loved, and rejoiced in more tenderly than the hardest worker of them all.


This life of faith, then, about which I am writing, consists in just this—being a child in the Father’s house.  And when this is said, enough is said to transform every weary, burdened life into one of blessedness and rest.


Let the ways of childish confidence and freedom from care, which so please you and win your hearts in your own little ones, teach you what should be your ways with God; and, leaving yourselves in His hands, learn to be literally “careful for nothing;” and you shall find it to be a fact that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.


          “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  This is the divine description of the life of faith about which I am writing.  It is no speculative theory, neither is it a dream of romance.  There is such a thing as having one’s soul kept in perfect peace, now and here in this life; and childlike trust in God is the key to its attainment.

—Hannah Whitall Smith

The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life

Old Tappan, N.J.: Spire Books, Fleming H. Revell Co.,

1942, 1972, 1978




8 Responses to “KEY TO PEACE”

  1. Beautiful, wise post, Francine – thank you!

  2. A beautiful post, Francine, and you’ve chosen the photos wisely. Well done.

  3. Beautiful words and images 🙂

  4. Francine,
    Thank you for sharing this poem. It’s beautiful and inspiring. 🙂

  5. Beautiful faces Francine 🙂

  6. This reminded me of St. Therese of Lisieux’s spiritual principle – the way to the Father is to be like a little child. One who is so little and helpless could not do anything but it was that helplessness that makes the Father stoops down to pick up the child and put her/him on his knees.

  7. Francine,
    I love everything about this post. I can’t believe that we both published posts within a day of each other that were about children being the key to peace.
    I really like the comparison you make between the baby in the household and us in God’s house. When I was young I felt God in the wind across my arms. Your post reminds me that I can still feel this heavenly caress if I just stay my mind and heart on the Divine. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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