"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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Hey, moms–do less!

Most of us who are mothers struggle, for one reason or another, with “mommy guilt” from time to time. Often, we are made to feel like we should be doing more. Rarely are we told we should be doing less, but maybe it’s time to start thinking that way.

Julie B. Beck said it, and I agree:

“Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world.  That is influence; that is power.” 

Here they are, my very good reasons to start “doing less:”

Thank you, Ms. Beck, for the inspiration. I am taking your words to heart.

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What if…..?

Once again, a question I came across on Pinterest has been challenging me, so I wanted to share it with you here.

It’s a simple question, really. But for several days now it’s had me asking the big, “What if…..?”

What if each time I’m tempted to COMPLAIN about something, I bow my head instead?

What if my friends and family never hear me WORRY aloud, because I’m too busy taking my concerns before God to verbalize the things I shouldn’t be worrying about anyway?

What if I never MURMURED about anything, but took every struggle straight to the only One who can do something about it?

The “What if…..?” questions go on and on, and the answer, of course, is that God’s way is ALWAYS better.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

So, are you ready to work on this with me?

Today, instead of grabbing your cell phone to call your best friend when you’re worried, or texting your husband when something goes wrong, or unloading your frustrations on your mother or you kids or your co-workers—or anyone else who will listen—why not FIRST take it all to God in prayer? I can’t wait to see the difference it makes!

Who’s with me?

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Cold corn and contentment

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

Can you guess who said that? It’s a proclamation that kind of puts me to shame. After all, if Helen Keller could be content, can’t we all? I can’t imagine living in a world of darkness OR silence…much less both. Yet, she was not only content, but found wonder in her situation. Amazing!

What jumps out at me in her statement is that she learned to be content. I don’t think it’s natural to feel that way. But, we can learn! And I’m not just talking about being content with the things we have, but with our circumstances in life, too. We’ll never have every situation just the way we want it, but we can learn to be happy wherever we are, with whatever we have.

Ms. Keller’s surprising assertion reminds me of another declaration I need to remember, this one from Philippians 4:11-13.

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Are you content today? Let’s work on it together!

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I handed my three-year-old sweetie a plastic piece of corn-on-the-cob I’d found on the floor, and said, “Here, Remi, go put this where it belongs.” Later in the day I opened the fridge—the real fridge, with the real food in it—and found this sweet scene:

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