Reap to Sow: Action Day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

To read the first installment of Reap to Sow, Chapters 1 & 2, click here.

Hopefully you read and enjoyed the first two chapters of The Power of a Positive Momthis week. On Monday we talked about what we can reap from those chapters. Today, we will talk about sowing - What actions from the Power Points* can we apply in our lives to become more positive mothers?

*Karol's Power Points at the end of each chapter include a "Read," "Pray," "Choose," and "Do." We won't have time to go over each one in this setting, so I'm just going to choose one Power Point from each chapter to discuss. If you've written a blog post on these chapters, please link it up in the comments below, and please (blogger or not) feel free to discuss any of the Power Points in the comments - we want this to be a fun and open discussion, so jump in!

Chapter 1: Influence Beyond Measure
The "Do" Point got me. This was one of the ways those verses from Colossians continued to stalk me. Karol asks us to write our job description on a card, and include Colossians 3:17 in the lower corner. So my card would look something like this:

Household Manager - Cares for children 24/7; Ensures that husband has clean clothes and is fed; Shops, plans meals, and does most cooking; Cleans toilets and ceiling fans; Volunteers at preschool and church; Attends all child-related activities; Assists husband with small business tasks upon request; Coordinates birthdays, holidays and all tradition-related events; Keeps harmony in the home.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Now, that is sort of tongue-in-cheek, as my husband does a lot to help me and I clean more than toilets and ceiling fans. But the purpose of this exercise is not to become a martyr; the purpose is to realize how important we are as mothers, even when we are cleaning the bathroom or driving to soccer practice.

Chapter 2: The Secret to Your Success
I loved what Karol wrote about expectations in this chapter. "A positive mom realizes that neither circumstances nor people are ever perfect. She is realistic in her expectations . . . " (p. 22) I sometimes cringe at the idea of "lowering expectations," but when I realize that often I expect perfection . . . well, then, expectations need to be lowered. No one is perfect; in fact we are all weak and full of imperfections.

This leads to Karol's point: Imperfect people need help! The secret to success as a positive mom, the secret to even being a positive mom, is to plug into the right power source - God. "God gives us the power and strength each day to live for him. Not on our own power, but his Spirit at work in us." (p. 30)

The "Read" Point direct us to read Romans 8, which deals with the Holy Spirit's work in our lives. It is a wonderful chapter; read it all if you can. I underlined many, but these verses were especially encouraging to me:

(B)ut those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. . . the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5(b) and 6(b)

Ah, yes. Life and peace - that is what I want. What about you?

What does your job description look like? Can you imagine writing and living Colossians 3:17 next to it?

Have you ever thought about the Holy Spirit as a power source, helping you throughout your day? Are you plugging in there, or somewhere else?

What Power Points or parts of Chapters 1 and 2 have you been considering and sowing in your homes?

Share your thoughts and your links in the comments!

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2 Responses to “Reap to Sow: Action Day!”

  1. The picture is so sweet - it reminds me that I don't need to set these wildly high expectations for myself as a mother - it seems what they enjoy most is being with me and sharing in the sublime (picking flowers) and the mundane (unloading groceries).

    From Chapter 1...Here are the responsibilities I wrote down:
    listen attentively to things spoken and unspoken, function as a master chef & chief nutritionist, event planner, wellness manager and personal shopper, serve, raise my children in the instruction of the Lord, play, teach, be fully present

    From Chapter 2....After reading the chapter and Romans, I felt drawn to write a prayer...

    Thank You, Lord, for holding me fast, for allowing me to enter Your presence, for the gift of Yourself. Please guard me in all Your ways, help me to remain in the shadow of Your wing. Help me to see with spiritual eyes the things You want me to know. Help me to draw strength from You for all that You ask me to do. Help me to teach my children to do the same. I love You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

  2. Ok, so after reading this I might have to get this book! Such a great write up Courtney!