The BIG deals we make about little things can stay with our kids forever….let’s be dead to the small things that rattle us, including fatigue, the temptation to yell, the moment that we already yelled, where we blew it, where we are feeling frustrated and be alive to giving grace to our children just as we have received grace from the Lord. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a mama who dries up her kids’ bones.
And it’s so easy to do.
Our tone of voice. Our words. Our demeanor can be deflating to those around us.
Hit the pause button before reacting and pray. Pray for self control. Pray that if firmness is needed, you’ll be firm not angry. Pray that if you need to sit down, that you can steal a moment to regroup. Pray that if there is an opportunity to smile, that you will soften your cheeks and communicate joy with the motion of your lips.
Let eye contact and sweet tone of voice prevail in your demeanor so your children can be filled with the love and warmth you feel for them that may not always surface among the day’s running around and to-dos. We live by the list, don’t we? We are always on to the next thing. Rushing. Running. I know you are tired. I know you are stretched. Early days of mothering (and the ones that come later) can be fatiguing.
You are pushed.
You just want a break.
Let’s take our days and the power of God available to us and receive His mercy, strength and love so that we can pour those very same attributes into our children and give them good, moist, strong bones. Regardless of our moods, they are going to grow and have memories of their home. Memories of you. A relationship with you.
Let’s make their bones strong with what we can deposit.
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13
Let the truth of God nourish your bones today, mom.