I'm starting something new this week. It's called Monday Motivation. Each Monday I'm going to issue a challenge for the week, for myself, and if any readers want to join with me, even better! These challenges are things I need to do to be a better wife and mother. I will do my best all week to live up to, and follow through with the challenge (and by posting it here on the blog I will have a little extra incentive).
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
SMILE AT THE CHILDREN AND BE PLEASANT.
You may be asking yourselves why someone would need to set a goal such as this. I will tell you why. If I play back in my mind many of my interactions with my children, especially when it comes to discipline, I picture a stern look on my face. I want to be able to discipline without being emotionally involved. I not only want to be able to discipline without negative emotions I also want to be pleasant. Proverbs 16:21 says, "The sweetness of the lips increases learning." If I want my children to learn from my instruction then I will need to listen to God and use sweet words. If I were to hold up a mirror to my face throughout the day as I am teaching and training my children how would my face look? Angry? Stern? I want my face to look pleasant as I interact with my children. And taking it a step further......I want to smile! How many times a day do we smile at our children? Sometimes I am distracted by dinner preparations when a child is telling me something and I brush them off or give them a blank look. Other times I remind them to do something with an agitated look on my face. Maybe you have the same struggle. This week I am challenging myself to SMILE at the children as much as I possibly can. I'm going to challenge myself to smile even when it is difficult, not just the times when it would come natural. I am going to make a choice to smile and be pleasant all week! This is an area the Lord has shown me that I need to work on. Join me if you will!