Flamingos and Sewer Trucks (Oh, yeah)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Welcome to Reap to Sow, where we are discussing The Power of a Positive Momby Karol Ladd. Links for the series are posted below. Click to catch up or jump in!

I hope you have enjoyed reading Chapters 9 and 10 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?

Chapter 9: The Ladies' Pity Party
The "Read" Power Point asks us to read Philippians 4, which is just jam-packed with verses that can help us be more positive moms. The challenge is to find a verse that can take us away from the pity party, and this is what I underlined:

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

Put it into practice! Yes, that is it. Put it into practice. Don't just "think about" what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) - put it into practice!

Practice being true - get real with yourself about whatever is making you grumble and complain.
Practice being noble - take the moral high road, even when it is lonely.
Practice being right - ask God what that is, and how you can know it.
Practice being pure - rid yourself of "their grass is always greener" envy.
Practice being lovely - in the eyes of God.
Practice being admirable - your children are watching.
Practice being excellent - push yourself beyond your average.
Practice being praiseworthy - think about what God would praise, and then do that.

Those practices are sure to end a pity party.

(Flamingos have nothing to do with this. I've just wanted to use this picture for a long time. But wait - Are their heads buried in a full flock pity party, or are they super-focused on practicing that one-legged thing? Hmm. . . .)

Chapter 10: Attitude of Gratitude
The "Do" Power Point talks about starting a Thanksgiving Journal. I've been keeping a "gifts" journal, a la One Thousand Gifts since I read the book in January. It is a list of things to be thankful for, gifts of all sizes from God, that I might otherwise overlook. This practice has been one of the most powerful things I've ever done to strengthen my relationship with Christ. As a bonus, as I've become more aware of the gifts surrounding me, I am quicker to share them with my children. . . I am a more positive mom.

Just yesterday, as I was driving the boys to preschool, Big Guy was sniffling in the back seat, nervous about returning to school with his sling. He claimed that he didn't want to go to school, unheard of for him. My direct attempts at cheering him up failed, so I looked out the window and said, "Look at the clouds in the sky. God has made such a beautiful world."
I continued, "I see warm sunshine and trees changing colors. I see some birds, and a cat."
"What else do you see, Mama?" his voice asked.
"I see the leaves falling, and oh, look - a sewer truck!"

Normally, I wouldn't count a water company truck on our street as a gift from God, but on this day, when my son needed some cheering, sunshine, leaves and trucks were just the ticket. Even better, when we got to school, his friends greeted him at the classroom door with hugs. One girl even brought him cookies. Big Guy's eyes lit up, and I saw God in all those little faces. I'm not sure that I would have noticed any of that, had I not been recording gifts like sunshine, trucks, and cookies, for months.

It appears that thankfulness, or "an attitude of gratitude," makes the gifts abundant. Could it be that they were always there, but I am just now noticing? With my eyes more open, can I help my children see more clearly?

That is the goal.

What Power Points did you choose to sow this week?

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.

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  1. Love it! Especially the pictures of the flamingos - the first thought that came to mind what this is how I must appear to the Lord in the depths of a pity party: "Oh, woe is me." ;)

    I started listing things I've been thankful for too - it's amazing how uplifting it is...especially when I take up the challenge of Scripture to "give thanks in all circumstances" - it definitely feels enemy-defeating when you thank God for the tough stuff...and mean it.