Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Three Months of Joy

My friend, Laura at Housewife in Town is starting a terrific link-up to help us mommy's get through the long winter months of December, January and February! I think it is a terrific idea and I say- "Count me in!"
Ann Voskamp of http://www.aholyexperience.com/ has a wonderful pdf printable called: A Parenting Manifesto of Joy. Take a look at her website and print the file to hang on your fridge! Each week Laura will be taking a look at one point of the Manifesto, placing it's motto throughout her house and practising it each day, incorporating it into her day. I like that. I need something like this to focus on. Focus and direction are good. They give purpose to life. Below I have copied the Parenting Manifesto of Joy for you to read over for yourself! I am looking forward to getting started! Head on over to Housewife in Town in grab her button header!
For week number one, be sure and read Ann's post
on how to actually have a house of prayer right in your very own home. The piece it well written and totally inspiring.
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A Parenting Manifesto Of Joy
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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 with 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!

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