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Saturday, July 28, 2012

No More Rotten Lunch

"Just in case you aren't feeling like mother of the year today, let me make you feel better. While I was packing lunches recently my daughter said with great urgency, "Mom, just make sure none of the food you are packing in my lunch is rotten." Alrighty then. A statement like that will just build your mom confidence ALL DAY LONG!"

That was a quote from Lysa TerKeurst this week! I just love how honest she is about the everyday mom moments she has. Life is not glamorous! And if you wonder why so many L.T. posts on our blog, it's because we use the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions as our own Carelink meeting devotions. You can go to their website and sign up to receive their daily devo's in your email inbox. Here are a couple more tips she had to keep from coming unglued in the morning mom routine. ~Tiffany

Tell the world to wait.
When I wake up, my mind is like a dry sponge. What I soak up first will saturate me most deeply. If I don't want to be consumed with the stresses of my day, I must soak up what will renew my mind instead — God's Word. Even if it's only for 5 minutes, I've got to put the world on hold until I've checked in with God.

Remember I'm managing blessings.
If I want my attitude to be made new, I must keep things in perspective. While my frustrations seem big, things like lost shoes and less than perfect lunches aren't big problems. They are small aggravations that come with managing blessings.

Let my kids own their 'irresponsibilities.'
My kid's irresponsibility will not become my emergency. I need to communicate my expectations so they know they're going to have to own the consequences of their choices. For example, if they wait until the last minute to print their report and the printer has no ink, they'll have to print it at school or turn it in late. Either way, I can't own this situation and let it throw me into frantic, fix-it mode. I can let the consequences of my kid's choices scream, so I don't have to.

All of this is going to take some intentionality and I seriously doubt I'll do it perfectly. But I'm excited about trying. I'm excited to "put on my new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Which is a fancy way of saying I'm excited to have less unglued mama mornings and a lot more peace this school year.

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