My daughter’s words from months ago still echo in my ears.
I need to smile more, but I just don’t think about it. I need some sort of reminder!
I just came back from a wonderful run. About halfway back, a question came to my mind…
I feel “serious”…
responsible, behind, hurried.
I’m a “stay-at-home” mom.
I’m “livin’ the dream”.
The only pressure in my life is self-imposed.
I plan the schedule. I set our routine.
So, why am I not relaxed and light-hearted?
Taking time to answer the “why” was revealing for me!!!
Like a light being turned on, answering this question gave me a fresh, more objective perspective. I don’t need to try to chase away the darkness of a gloomy-feeling. (I need to live by faith, not feelings!!!) As I uncover the light the Lord has put inside me with His presence by choosing faith, hope, and joy, the darkness and heaviness disappears on its own.
When I came home from running, Handsome handed me a package that came in the mail. Chuck Swindoll’s book, “Maybe it’s time to LAUGH AGAIN, Experiencing Outrageous Joy”. (Thank you, Lord!)
It is time for me to laugh and smile…
I won’t wait until school is out and summer break begins. I will choose joy today!
I wrote this post yesterday evening, and before I put my kids in bed, I gathered them in my room.
We all drew smiley-faces on our hands and agreed to try to make each other smile and laugh the next day.
I hope these ideas inspire you with a few creative ideas of your own.
- I woke my kids with silly songs from my childhood…
- I have been slipping smarties to the kids when I catch them smiling throughout the day.