I’m a big believer in GRACE. In the spirit of that, and acknowledging that I could always improve upon some things, I’ve created this 2017 Mommy-Festo. Perhaps you ladies out there could tweak it to create your own!
This Year I Will:
-Practice patience with my children, but allow myself to step away when I feel overwhelmed.
-Not try to hide my feelings from my children, but recognize that my feelings are not always an accurate indicator of my circumstances.
-Put on make-up, high-heels, and a pretty dress just for me, just because. But I will not feel guilty on the occasional days when I don’t get out of my PJs.
-Spend more time kissing and complimenting my husband in the presence of our children instead of fighting with him.
-Not dwell on my thoughts when tempted to sin, but take them captive and be transformed by the renewing of my mind.
-Do a better job of meal-planning, while also realizing that my kids will be okay if they eat macaroni and cheese or hot dogs when I’m just not up to it.
-Forgive myself when I have a melt-down, but not wallow in self-pity to the point of missing out on the awesomeness around me.
-Work-out regularly so that I feel well and strong enough to engage in the activities I enjoy, not just because I want to look good, and not because I want to compete with other women.
-Accept the fact that I am getting older, while embracing the season I’m currently enjoying. Period. To borrow a line from Kids, one of my favorite new songs by One Republic, “I refuse to look back thinking days were better just because they’re younger days.” Amen.
-Do things that will help me grow even if they make me uncomfortable, but also recognize when it’s time to say no.
-Be gracious, kind, and tolerant to those who are different from me, yet hold firm to my personal convictions.
-Travel to some place I have never been, yet be able to enjoy the bliss of a lazy day at home.
-Give grace to the difficult people in my life, understanding that God and others have extended unmerited grace to me.
-Give sacrificially, and accept gifts gratefully without the feeling that I need to do something to deserve them.
-Not freak out if my house gets dirty, but not allow it to get to the point that I’m embarrassed if people stop by unexpectedly.
-Enjoy having some drinks with my husband, family and friends, but not rely on alcohol as an escape or coping mechanism.
-Learn something new, but appreciate the things that I already know.
-Give myself grace because I don’t have it all together, but be grateful for what God has already done in my life.
-Put my phone down and be more present in the moments while finding a way to realistically and healthfully manage an increasingly automated lifestyle.
-Not retaliate and enable bitterness to take root in my heart when encountering toxic people. Instead, I will ask God to help me know when to try or walk away.
-Take risks in business, yet recognize when those risks are poorly timed or unwise.
-Leave some margin for the unexpected moments that take my breath away, whether those moments are good or bad.
-Not gossip about my husband, friends or family, and be honest about my own short-comings.
-Forgive others quickly and apologize even more quickly.
-Set aside more time for focused prayer and Bible reading while accepting that my Father is present and loves me even when I’m distracted.
-Accept help graciously and offer assistance when I have the available resources, without talking myself out of it.
-Honor my commitments but not over-book my calendar.
Which of these resonated with you? I’d love to hear about it. Happy New Year everyone–may this year be one of blessing, renewal, forgiveness and joy! Cheers!