Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nun's Twenty Third Psalm

I first stumbled upon this poem a decade ago. When I'm in the busy seasons of life, I like to ponder these thoughts because the message balances my soul, and gives me a spirit of tranquility that transcends to the core of my being. I definitely still struggle, but I know where I want my heart to be...

The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind.
And His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in the balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquillity.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, for
I shall walk in the place of my Lord and dwell in His House forever.

written by the nuns at All Saints Convent in Maryland

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Prayer for My Child's Independence by M.W. Edelman

Lord help me not to do for my children what they can do for themselves
Help me not to give them what they can earn for themselves
Help me not to tell them what they can look up for themselves.
Help me to help my children stand on their own two feet and to grow into responsible, disciplined adults.
by Marion Wright Edelman
So what does that mean practically?
  • Letting them fail sometimes, then supporting them as they get back up
  • Giving them chores and responsibilities according to their developmental levels
  • Taking extra time when teaching, in order to ASK questions instead of GIVING answers
  • Turning their questions around, to ask, "What do YOU think?"
  • Having high expectations for their behavior
  • Believing that they are able to accomplish what they set out to do.
What does her prayer mean for you and your children?

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