Monday, August 1, 2016

Establishing Routines

The Harvester by Bouguereau


For almost a month now, I have been taking a wonderful course online with my good friend and mentor, Becky Edwards of the Purpose Driven Motherhood blog.

As homemakers and mothers, we all know that we need to establish morning and evening routines, but summertime has really done a number on our family and my personal routines this year, as we all have slept in too much and let our schedules fall by the wayside.

So, while I know I should have routines I follow, I had forgotten WHY I should have routines until Becky's class reminded me.

Just as we need to plug in our mobile devices each evening to charge them for the following day, we also need to "power up" each morning and night in order to function at our best!

I now have a checklist of five things that I do each morning and night that sits on my nightstand, ready for me to mark as I complete each task. I have let go of the need to do them in exact order-- which helps me feel more in control-- but they ALL get done most of the time.

This powerful "Why" has been a blessing to my spirituality, to my relationships with my husband and children, and it has helped me prepare better for this school year than I have in quite a long time. My house is cleaner, and we feel more calm and happy.

All because of five little things I do as I rise and and five more as I retire each day.
Here are my own examples:

Mornings-

  • Pray on my knees
  • Make my bed
  • Drink water
  • Study my scriptures (while sitting outside, if possible)
  • Get dressed and ready for the day

Evenings-

  • BREATHE (I spend about 5 minutes doing some deep breathing.)
  • Pray on my knees
  • Brush my teeth
  • Spend time with my husband
  • Journal and/or ponder

Everyone's routines may look different, and that's the beauty of creating them for ourselves! We each know what we need, and if we're not sure where to start, we can counsel with the Lord about what to focus on.

I challenge my readers to start and end each day with a written routine of the little things that can make or break a mother's day. 

I'd love to hear how establishing and following routines blesses your life, so please comment and share!

Lots of love,

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Miracle

Today I felt so privileged to accompany the little children in my church's class for kids. (We call it Primary.) They sang a song during singing time that really touched my heart and inspired my soul.

I was just a substitute pianist, so the song was not very familiar to me, but as the kids sang through it this afternoon, I could hardly see my music through my tears, because of how powerfully the message was speaking to my heart.

I hope you enjoy this gorgeous music and it's uplifting message on this, #HisDay .



Love,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Sheep Is Worthy

Jesus, the Good Shepherd by Warner Sallman

"The sheep is worthy of divine rescue simply because it is loved by the Good Shepherd.
It matters not how you became lost—whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control. What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children. Because He loves you, He will find you. He will place you upon His shoulders, rejoicing. And when He brings you home, He will say to one and all, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.'”  
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Today, I took my troubled young adult son to an orientation meeting across town for his new job that starts tomorrow. After he had been inside only a moment, he rushed back out, his face flushed, slamming the door as he climbed back in our van. Apparently, he had forgotten the necessary paperwork to attend the orientation, and now has to go on another day, and won't get to start his first work day tomorrow.

Earlier I had been annoyed that I had to take him half an hour away from home on a hot afternoon, telling him sarcastically that he owed me a milkshake when he gets his first paycheck.

But in that moment of his frustration, all I felt was love.

On our way home, I felt impressed to pull over and buy us both a small ice cream cone in the drive-thru. 

After I put in my order, he asked me, "Why would you say that I owe you a milkshake, but then you buy me ice cream on the way home?"

All I could do was smile and say "Because I love you."

And as we rode home with our drippy ice cream cones, we had one of the best conversations we have had in quite a long while.

Did I do anything? 

No. Not really. God did. 

The Lord reminded me that He loves us all, no matter what mistakes we have made.

And He makes it possible for me to love my son, even when he is not perfect, either.

I pray that one day, my wayward son will come to know that his Heavenly Father loves Him-- because his mama does.

Love,
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