Recently I’ve been doing my daily devotions with the book The Power of a Positive Mom. For those mothers who are looking for God’s grace during the stressful times of motherhood, I highly recommend this book. Karol Ladd has made me smile even when I want to cry.
I’m not saying I’m naturally a positive mom. Quite the opposite. I find that I often don’t smile, not because I’m not happy, but just because I don’t ‘think’ about it. Truth be told, some days I can’t imagine smiling, because things just pile up until suddenly I’m lucky if I’m not walking around with a permanent scowl on my face.
For instance, my son has decided recently that his favorite thing to do is refuse to eat. It doesn’t matter if it’s his favorite food, he’ll throw it on the floor without tasting it. Do not pass go. This has been going on for days. Eventually he’ll finally eat, but sometimes the battle gets to be a little too much for my nerves.
My daughter has been actively testing her limits as well. She’s six, and I know that at this age, it is usual for them to start thinking more in terms of me, me, me. That knowledge doesn’t make the moments any easier to deal with. Especially when I know that my daughter is a beautiful child inside and out, and that she is generally gracious, caring, and helpful.
In my devotion this morning I read about the power of a smile and smiling even when you don’t want to. Not an hour after I decided I was going to do this did I fail. Miserably. However, with a lot of prayer for guidance and strength, I know the LORD will help be with this. I know that smiling at my daughter when she walks in a room will lighten her heart, and the same for my husband and complete strangers.
Smiles are contagious, and we should spread them like a very happy and healthy plague.
Like I said, I’m not a naturally positive mom, but I’m not a Debbie Downer either. It’s time to make sure I don’t become one.
Have you smiled today? I’d love to hear your stories. Please share them in the comments. 🙂
May the LORD keep you and yours,