Reaping - Chapters 5 and 6

Monday, October 24, 2011

Welcome to Reap to Sow, where we are discussing The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd. Links for this series are posted below - click to catch up or jump right in!

Chapter 5: The Beauty of a Smile ends the section on Principle #1: The Power of Encouragement. It seems so simple, but how often do we forget to smile at our children? What an easy way to encourage them! So smile, yes, but the real message to reap from this chapter is, "Start giving your smile away as a gift to the people around you, whether you feel like it or not; you'll find that the feelings will follow, and you will be the richer for it." (page 74)

A smile as a gift - to yourself! Hmm. . . .

Chapter 6: A Positive Mom is a Praying Mom starts what has been a powerful section for me, Principle #2: The Power of Prayer. I basically wrote all over the margins of this chapter! It starts with this beautiful poem by Eliza M. Hickok

I know not by what methods rare,
But this I know: God answers prayer.
I know not if the blessings sought
Will come in just the guise I thought.
I leave my prayer to Him alone
Whose will is wiser than my own.

I sort of want to cross-stitch that and put it on my wall :)

So, what to reap here? Regular prayer is important! Prayer opens up communication with God, and we can do it anytime, anywhere. Our prayers can be simple and straightforward, and they can be about anything. I especially like Karol's suggestion to tie prayer requests to scripture. She provides a wonderful list of passages on pages 88-90.

But the real message I am gleaning here is that I need to make prayer a regular, intentional part of my day. Some mornings, I'm all over it. Some mornings, I skip over it. How can I fit it in? First, I need to make it a higher priority, but second - prayer isn't limited to the quiet morning! Karol writes that we can and should pray continually: for the kids when we drop them off at school, for the people who will sit at our table when we cook, for the boss when he hands you yet another miserable project . . . anytime, anywhere.

Prayer is a way to be proactive instead of simply reactive. That makes me smile.

Can you smile at someone today? Will it make you feel better?

How can you make prayer a regular part of your life? Try it, today.

If you are reading along . . . On Friday, I will pick a Power Point from Chapters 5 and 6 to discuss and apply ~ to sow.

We hope you will join us in Friday's comments and provide a link to your blog if you decide to write on these chapters this week. We want to join in your discussion and create a real community here.

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3 Responses to “Reaping - Chapters 5 and 6”

  1. Reap to Sow. . .very cool idea (and great graphic to go with it).

    I make time for a million things in my life, but I struggle to make time for prayer. Why? There always seems to be some other kind of fire going, and in my head, I think, oh, prayer can wait, but soon it waits too long.

    The book sounds great, Courtney. Off to check out your friend Andrea's place.

  2. Finding time to pray always seems so hard to me.  I want a nice, quiet, peaceful morning to pray and sometimes I get it but most of the time, I don't.  I definitely need to be more intentional on praying throughout the day, while waiting in line, waiting in the preschool parking lot for pick-up, while cooking dinner, etc.  If I can remember, I think these would work.  I look forward to reading what Karol says in these chapters!

  3. I always find my kids have a better day after I have prayed for them in the morning.  I am really interested in this book and will be looking into it more.  Changing my parenting style is something I feel God leading me to lately.