“Bloom where you are planted” is a popular phrase that Isabella Alden took to heart. Many of her books—such as The King’s Daughter and Interrupted—feature characters who use small acts of kindness as a way to witness for Christ under trying circumstances.

A New Graft on the Family Tree is another example. In the book Louise Morgan and her new husband move in with his difficult parents, who do not hide their disappointment in their new daughter-in-law.

If you’ve read the book, you know how Louise responds. No matter how much her mother-in-law complains or gives her menial tasks to do, Louise does everything asked of her with a cheerful spirit, because she believes that in serving her mother-in-law, she is also serving the Lord.

Illustration of an open book and blue vase with pink flowers on a table near an open window. Below are the words: "I bless Him that I may constantly serve, whether I am wiping the dust from my table, or whether I am on my knees." -From A New Graft on the Family Tree, by Isabella Alden.


What do you think of Louise’s method for dealing with her in-laws?

Have you ever had to deal with a difficult person? What method did you use?

3 thoughts on “Quotable

  1. Yes, I’m in such a situation now, have been since the Lord made me go to make peace with them in 1998, and expect it to last perhaps another 5-7 years. I was greatly encouraged by the Lord sending a message this Sunday morning service about “snake bites” (Acts 28:1-6) when we’re trying to serve the Lord and be a blessing to others. If you wish I can post the YouTube link for the message 🙂

  2. Louise’s method is the will of the Lord Jesus and I must say how so aged in spirit this woman is, definitely someone to look up to. As a homemaker myself I need to always follow this principle towards the ones I love and cherish within my household. In any time of my common frustration/anger faced by anyone difficult, the more suitable way of handling them is by prayer first and God then lays out a perfect plan for me on how to go about the situation. Thanks for sharing ♡

  3. Polite women were encouraged to endure hardship quietly and avoid conflict. In Isabella Alden’s book, “Until the End”, she hides her husband’s weaknesses from the children, even when the grew up. I believe this approach led to many more problems than it solved. Women needed to learn discreet ways to confront serious issues. Being kind often isn’t enough to win over unkind people!

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