Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Inspiration for Moms

A Shield Around Me

As a mom, I’m guessing there are times you would love to hear a kind word and receive a boost of encouragement. You certainly deserve it. Your job may be thankless, but it is valuable. Your role as a mom is hugely significant in this world as you are investing in the next generation. You may feel worn and torn at times, but you are not forgotten. God sees you. He is with you. He loves you and hears your cry for help. The Psalmist’s words can speak to us, “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory and the one who lifts my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.” Psalm 3:3,4
How marvelous to know that our loving Heavenly Father, cares for us, guards us and hears our prayers. The world may not be applauding us daily. There are no award ceremonies for moms, but Psalm 3 reminds us the God is the one who lifts our head high. Dear precious mom, I want you to know how much you are loved and cared for by Him. Reflect on His love and care for you today.

Family Tip
Need a few quick, fun yet quiet activities for the kids? Go to your sock drawer and pull out the socks that have no mates. Oh yes we all have them! Use the socks to make hand puppets. For lighter socks you can use markers, and for darker socks you can glue or pin construction paper of felt eyes and ears. If you have any small pom pom balls left over from a project, they make a great nose. Let each child create their own puppet if you have enough socks (at my house we always have plenty of mate-less socks hanging around). Name the puppets and create a story or a little puppet show with your newly made friends.

You can also use the socks to create a soft wobble for older kids. Put one or two socks inside a long athletic sock. Tie a not around the ball and now you have a ball with a tail. You can play toss back and forth outside by throwing and catching only by the tail. You can also try your hand at tossing them into a basket or a coffee can. Enjoy a little healthy sock competition!

Conversation Starter
In what ways have you seen evidence of God at work in your life this week?

Monday, September 17, 2007

He Holds you by the Hand

Positive Moms Devotional:
Remember when your precious little one was learning to walk? Perhaps some of you are looking forward to that day. First the young pre-walker begins to pull up on a couch or side table. Then as he begins to get his footing he looks out and begins to try to take those first few baby steps. There you are with arms open wide ready to help him. Now dear mom, I want you to picture God with His arms open wide ready to help you and cheer you on. He loves you with an everlasting love. Often we think of God up in Heaven with his arms crossed looking down at us and shaking his head. That’s not the picture God gives us in the Bible. No, quite the contrary. He knows all about us. He remembers we are dust, and yet He lovingly reaches out to help us with an Amazing Grace. Relish His love for you. He cares for you and wants to hold your hand as you stumble through this most challenging job of motherhood. Don’t try to do it on your own. Place your hands in His. Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. Psalm 37:23, 24 says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Thought they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” May you feel His arms of love embracing you and holding you as you walk through this week. I’m so glad you joined me this morning. Here is my prayer for you this week: Dear Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father, thank you that you hold us by your hand. Thank you that you love us and help us through this job of parenting. It is wonderful to know that we are not alone. We look to you this day and cast our cares upon you. Please Lord grant each mother reading this blog today strength, joy and patience. Praise you because You are the giver of all good things. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Parenting Tip: Look for ways to help your child take one more step in a positive direction, whether it is literally walking or perhaps learning a new skill or even growing spiritually. This week remember that your kids are young and learning. Have patience as our Heavenly Father has patience toward us. Ask God to give you insight in how to help your child learn one step at a time and ask Him for patience along the way.

Conversation Starter: If you could learn a new skill (riding a bike, painting, playing the piano, learning a new language, etc) what skill would you choose? What would be the first step in learning that skill? Who would you choose to help you or teach you?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Positive Moms

Positive Moms Blog was created to be a cup of cool water for moms. It is filled with sincere encouragement, and practical tips to help everymom be a positive influence in her home. I'm Karol Ladd (author of The Power of a Positive Mom ), and it is my desire to offer you words of inspiration and helpful hints to assist you in being the positive mom you want to be in your home. Join me as we journey through motherhood together. I look forward to visiting with you every Monday as we enjoy a little Monday Morning Motivation to get you started for the week. We all need a boost of encouragement from a friend and fellow mom. I hope I can be that for you through this journal.