“The impact Sister Julienne made upon me-and, I discovered, most people-was out of proportion to her words or  her appearance.  She was not imposing or commanding, nor arresting in any way.  She was not even particularly clever.  But something radiated from her and, ponder as I might, I could not understand it.  It did not occur to me at the time that her radiance had a spiritual dimension, owing nothing to the values of the temporal world.”

(~ from Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth)



Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17


Hello my friends!  I hope each of you is having a wonderful day.  I was at Bible Study all day and then made a run to Costco for groceries.  I’ve changed into comfortable clothes now and am getting ready to cook dinner/love on, the family.  David is busy drawing, Caleb and Seth are outside playing, Sarah is napping, and the older ones are at after school activities.  Rich should be home within an hour or so.  It’s chilly today, in the low 50’s at the moment, and a frost advisory for tonight.

I hope you like the quote, it is one that I wrote in my journal this last winter as I read through all of Jennifer Worth’s wonderful books (highly recommended).  I can think of women in my own life that radiate the love of Jesus and I pray that I can be a blessing in that way, as well.

14 thoughts on “radiance

  1. Love Call the Midwife. I usually struggle with nonfiction, but I enjoyed the show so much I decided to give the memoir a try, and I’m so glad I did. Grim in spots, but the overall message of hope and endurance was so uplifting.

    Happy Wednesday!

    • I love memoirs, and there are three more books by Worth that you would probably enjoy, too. The story continues!
      Guess what? I haven’t watched the series yet. I am currently watching “Larkrise to Candleford” and reading the book, too. 🙂

      • I read the other two in the “Midwife” series – what’s the other book? I’ll have to see if my library has it!

        I tried reading Lark Rise to Candleford, but honestly, it kept putting me to sleep. Too rambly! Haven’t tried watching it yet, though.

  2. I was happy to read that wonderful quote. I have been meaning to look for her memoir after watching the show on Netflix. I was so moved by the spiritual truths in the midst of life. Thanks for the recommendation! You are a blessing!

  3. I don’t know the woman, the show or the book, but as to the quote, I want that in my life, too. I particularly enjoyed reading the scripture at the top. I love that one.

    I also dearly love reading about your family…even the small things…makes me feel like I’m there in all that comforting, homey, loving goodness. 🙂

  4. I grew up in the part of East London where Call The Midwife is set. It is really interesting discussing the books and watching the programme with my mum who gave birth to my sister in the local maternity hospital in the late 1950s. My mum grew up in very real poverty, living through the bombings of the second world war and having to leave school at 14, but feels that life wasn’t as grim as the programme – or books – suggests. Of course she can’t believe how easy we have it now!

  5. I love the call of the nidwife book! I did not know that jenifer worth wrote more books. Now I’m super excited! Ill have to check them out! I know I told you to look on my pinterest to see my book reccomendations, but tht afterwards you might not have pinterest. So here’s a few : grace livingston hill, elizabeth elliot, cs lewis, dee henderson, stasi or john eldrige ( captivating, becoming myself, and
    the sacred romance) (non fiction) a shepherd looks at psalms 23, mittenstrings for God,the mitford series, and many many more! Have a blessed weekend!

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