Friday, November 12, 2010

Too Good Not to Share!!

This morning has started out rough.  It has been stressful and I feel pulled in every direction b/c sweet littles are in different places in the house and all need me for different reasons.  Molly Beth is throwing up, Jack wants me to put his train track together, Suzannah needs help fixing breakfast, Charley Kate is pulling things off the table...from ON TOP OF THE TABLE!  I managed to get everyone taken care of and situated and sat at the computer for a moment of peace....b/c unfortunately, it's how I escape.  And I went to one of my favorite sites.  Her post was just what I needed today!!!  I have to share it w/ you:

10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting

(any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement)::
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!

Go to her site for a free printable of this that you can hang on your kitchen cabinet or bathroom mirror and an encouraging reminder.  An click the links.  They are so inspirational!!!!


Chris and Becky said...

I needed to hear that today! Thanks Stacy!

The Clevelands said...

Another friend of mine in Kansas just blogged about this! I printed it off for my use!


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