Focusing on what matters today, Mom!

I follow a blog called A Holy Experience … lots of really good, remembering-what-matters-in-life, let’s-get-perspective-and-focus-on-Jesus Truth!  Not too long ago she posted a list of 10 points of Joyful Parenting.  I really like them … the are great reminders of really what matters in a day as oppose to getting caught up in the daily grind, how annoyed I am or how annoying others are! 🙂

Honestly, when I first read this I thought “I really like this list. …  There is no way I’m going to be able to do all these today!”  It very quickly turned into ‘oh my gosh, why am I not already doing all these things anyway?!’  Luckily, God was gracious and I stopped myself right there and realized the encouragement this provided; just a gentle reminder of things I can do to turn my days around into better ones.

I hope you find it the same way.  Gentle reminders … ways we can improve or change a bad day, a bad attitude, a bad focus …

Here’s your 10 Points of Joyful Parenting: 

1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.

2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything else.

3. Today, I will not have any emergencies. There are no emergencies! Only amateurs hurry.

4. Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!

5. Today, I will pray to speak words that are only STRONG words, words that make these children feel strong. Grace words. Grace is the only non-toxic air. All other words I breathe are death words.

6. Today, I will pray to be consistently consistent. I will create safe rhythms that our children can find security in. I will create daily ceremonies because everyday we are CELEBRATING the gift of now!

7. Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

8. Today, I will hug each of my children as many times as I serve them meals — because children’s hearts feed on touch. I’ll look for as many opportunities to touch my children today as possible — the taller they are, the more so.

9. Today, my priorities will be all Things Unseen.

10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!

Be gracious with yourself, friend, and know you can create the change that can be of great benefit to your family!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. 'gini
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:21:43

    I love this list and I do love that blog also. It so focuses me on keeping the main thing the main thing.
    #4 on the list just happened to me:). I was driving in this chaotic traffic called “Tax Free Weekend” shopping and was getting frustrated. A guy in front of me was looking at his phone and of course he made the light just in time and I didn’t and in my mind I thought…”idiot”! Immediately I thought of the verse,

    “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart”

    I apologized to God and tried to think about the virtue of patience and understanding and giving grace to others:):)


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