Monday, March 16, 2009

Today...

Here is what I wrote last night in my journal before going to bed as I prayed about a fresh new week starting after a mediocre one last week. I was seeing the end of the year on the horizon and wondering if I'll have the steam to make it to the end and finish well. I often feel like The Little Engine that Could chugging up that hill saying, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." This is my version of a Monday morning kick in the pants to get me off on the right foot, and actually, I know I can with His help and grace!

Today I will....
  • treat my children the way I would if Jesus were physically in the room.
  • remain calm both in demeanor and voice; I will chose to stop and step away for a moment if I am unable to do so.
  • shower my boys with hugs and kisses.
  • model appropriate choices. When I make a mistake I will immediately confess and ask forgiveness.
  • find positive ways to say things and encourage the behaviors I am seeking.
  • focus 100% on my boys and not allow myself to be distracted by the computer, telephone or other tasks awaiting me at the end of the day.
  • remember "Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character." and I will do the hard work to help "lay down the rails" for good habits to form in my boys.
  • laugh 100 times today!
Happy Monday to each of you. I hope it's a great week for all. :)

7 comments:

Brittney said...

You have NO idea how much I needed to read this, this very morning. After spending the last week and a half sick, I am really not wanting to start this week focusing on others. I really just want to continue wallowing. BUT...I will NOT! I am going to print these out and put them some place where I can refer back to them as needed...hope you don't mind that a section of your journal will be on my fridge! :o)

Thanks, Jennefer! I hope your Monday goes as you hope! :o)

Carisa said...

AMEN!!!!!

:) Carisa

Heather said...

Thank you for these wonderful reminders-- I needed every single one of them :)

Blessings to you and well-wishes for a fabulous St. Patty's Day tomorrrow!

Emmy said...

awesome post Jennefer. :)

Butterfly said...

I just stumnled along your blog from another blog... What a blessing it is!

School for Us said...

Oh, how this cut right down deep inside of me. Thank you for sharing your plans! And, reminding me of what my goals should be...

Wendy said...

I'm sitting here going through some of your old posts and this one was EXACTLY what I needed to read. Thank you Lord!
We started back to school this week and it has been so tough. I've felt like throwing in the towel so many times...I think it's time to take a step back and reevaluate. Tomorrow is a new day.

Thank you.