No Sugar Coating

Monday, November 7, 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!

Reaping from Chapters 9 and 10

Chapter 9 - The Ladies' Pity Party starts the section on Principle #3, The Power of a Good Attitude. I don't think of myself as being prone to self-pity . . . but then again, who does?! The truth is, we all have reasons (sometimes really good ones) to get down in the dumps. This chapter addresses that by focusing on contentment, and what that means.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . . I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13

Karol does a wonderful job of explaining these verses throughout the chapter - you've got to read it - but here is the meat: "(T)he key to unlocking our prison of self-pity (is) believing that with God's strength we can get through whatever life brings." (page 128)

It is easy to believe that when life is good. Actually, it is essential to believe that when life is good. I've found that I must imprint that kind of strong faith on my heart when the sailing is smooth, so that when the waves rock, the belief is there.

When life is good, we've got to lay the groundwork for being content when life is hard.

Chapter 10 - Attitude of Gratitude
This chapter is timely, as we are entering the Thanksgiving season. As mothers, it is often up to us to create a feeling of gratitude in our homes; a sense of being thankful for what we have. It is something we should do "early and often" with our children. This chapter provides many creative ideas for that.

But what I most appreciate is Karol's recognition that "it is not always easy to be thankful." She writes, "It's hard to believe that the difficult times are part of God's loving will. But as we said earlier, we may not be able to understand why God has allowed something, but we can trust his loving hand to hold us." (page 136)

Chapters 9 and 10 may have bouncy titles, but this book doesn't sugar coat. Karol addresses the hard stuff, so that we can address it, too. That seems to be the first, and most important, step in choosing a good attitude.

If you are reading along . . . On Friday, I will pick a Power Point from Chapters 9 and 10 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.

Thanks for reaping and sowing with us!

Sow - Chapters 7 and 8

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9 Responses to “No Sugar Coating”

  1. "so that whenthe waves rock the belief is there, " uh-huh, uh-huh. Very true.

  2. Sounds like an excellent book!  I'll have to check it out.  I have a link up for series if you are's called the Saturday Morning Serial Linkup...

  3. Sounds like a great book!  I must investigate!  Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like Karol's honesty in noting that it's not always easy to be thankful, especially in hard times. Sounds like a great read, Courtney. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. I've been reading and hearing about having an attitude of gratitude. I think God is reminding me of something! Thanks for sharing! Patsy from

  6. I am interested! Will check it out - thanks for letting me know :)

  7. So true about believing when life is good. It seems like good seasons make us less likely to draw on God's strength and if we can do that in the good times, how much more He will be there for us in the challenging ones.

  8. I've disliked the "God is good -- all the time" cliche.  I've found most people use it when they have an answer to prayer, when things are going smoothly, kids behaving and it's easy to praise.  God IS so good, but He's good in the times we loose a job or suffer physically.  In my life I've experienced the death of a child, chronic pain and betrayal of a close friend.  God was so good in those times.  Sometimes I think we see God the clearest when our pain is the greatest..  

    I love this series you are doing.

  9. Thanks, Pamela. You are so right, "Sometimes we see God the clearest when our pain is the greatest." The key is holding onto that image once the pain is gone.