Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Last week, I woke up the girls. At least I tried to wake them. About the third time, I was less than patient. I immediately started thinking, "I'm raising lazy children. They are going to get fired from their jobs someday because they oversleep!" (nothing like jumping to conclusions!) With all that emotion running through my mind, at breakfast I spoke in short, enunciated sentences...like an angry drill sergeant. I was grumpy, therefore, they were grumpy. I was irritated, therefore, they were irritated. I dropped them off to school angry, therefore they started their day angry.
And I heard about it after school. They told me how mean I had been. Mostly they were right.
Our influence goes much further when we stop trying to fix, correct, or change. Instead, listen. They will feel much more loved when we skip the first things so we can think before speaking - an area that needs plenty of practice in my life!
"The words of the reckless pierce like swords,but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
*Pg. 15, Ballantine Books, 2008
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Love on your garbage guys...
Carrying away our trash is a thankless job, but can you imagine the scene if we didn't have Sanitation Departments?! It would be a much stinkier, much messier world! This week turn trash into treasure when you take out your refuse. Attach a card thanking your garbage workers and include a gift card to Sonic or some other drive-thru. Everybody needs to be appreciated. What a great surprise this will be.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
- "I love that you're honest. I really feel like I can trust you."
- "Because you're humble, you have a way of making people feel comfortable."
- "You're sister is growing so much because of the way you treat her. Thanks for doing your part to help her become all that God wants her to be."
Why is it much easier to see the negatives in our children instead of the positives? Make an effort today to watch for the "good stuff" then tell them about it. (It wouldn't hurt to look for "the good stuff" in your spouse, too!!)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Ask them what they want to do.
If it's your husband, does he want to watch the game - sit and watch it with him.
Do your kids want help cleaning their room? Would they like to play a game?
Take time today to do something "they" want to do...whoever "they" may be.
Happy Super Bowling!!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I can't seem to get my kids to work on the same card for days, but during our snow days at home, they have made several (now the challenge is actually getting them to people!)
Idea for today:
How about pulling the construction paper out after dinner tonight and making Valentine cards for a neighbor, teacher, friend or even each other. How much more fun can it get than folding a piece of paper, cutting it, then opening it to find a heart?! Who needs entertainment when you have construction paper and scissors?!
Happy cutting and gluing!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The first one: Who was Cupid?
In Roman mythology, Cupid was the god of love/desire. He is shown shooting his arrow to inspire romantic love. Of course, if you want to know more about Cupid, you can google, "Who was Cupid?"
But, I find it interesting (and contradictory) that our God is described in the bible as, "...God is love." I John 4:8. He's not just the god of love, He IS love.
So, as we start this month celebrating those closest to us, let's begin in the right spot. I John 4:7-9, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him."
The One who showed us unconditional love stands as our example of how to love those around us : unselfishly.Instead of forcing us, He gives us the opportunity to choose how we will love - no arrows required.
Think about those you love. In the past month, how have you loved them? Generously, happily, unselfishly? Or have you gone through the motions because you're supposed to? Look back at the unreserved love of Jesus, (ouch) and love because He loved you first.
(We are ending our 2nd snow day in Texas. Another one tomorrow. What a great time (test) to love those in my house!)