You guys, some weeks I feel like I’m cruisin’, just kicking the trials of motherhood in the rear, speeding down the freeway of daily life without a care in the world.
And….on other weeks,
I’ve got a ticket for one on the Struggle Bus. 😐
Sometimes my spirit is dampened by the words or actions of others, sometimes life’s circumstances just become too much when piled on one after another, and, you know what, most of the time it’s my very own attitude that needs a bit of a realignment in order to take on what life is throwing. To be very honest with you, I have not been World’s Best Mom this week. I’ve been less than patient, frustrated quickly, and, worst of all, I found myself shooing my kids away more than I was opening my arms to them. Sigh. This sour attitude of mine wasn’t random: it was a culmination of my husband getting stuck with a longer-than-normal shift leaving me lonely and tired, some unkind and unwarranted words sent my way from Internet strangers, feeling like a failure at keeping up with my home AND my business simultaneously, and…the thing that brought me to tears finally…? I’ll let you check my Instagram stories [HERE] today for that little tidbit. 🙄 It was such a ridiculous thing to cry about, but, when you are at your wit’s end, just about anything can break that camel’s back, you know? I laugh now, but man…a good cry sure felt good. 😉
Anyway, I know you guys can relate. We all have on weeks and off weeks, but…usually, for me anyway, the fix comes when I fix my attitude, even in the midst of trials, big or small. One way I try to do this attitude adjustment is by taking 5-10 minutes in the morning or during kiddo naps to read a very quick yet very poignant devotional, or, if my parenting patience levels are subpar that day, I’ll read a chapter from this book.
YOU GUYS. HEAR ME:
If you only have ten minutes a day to try and be a better human/mom, these are the books for you. Let me tell you why:
–Streams in the Desert is not your typical daily devotional book. It’s a culmination of thought-provoking, inspiring and downright challenging selections from varying authors, hymns, prayers and verses. The style of this book (lots of different types of selections, rather than the same author’s thoughts constantly) is so intriguing to me, because it’s a different style, a different perspective each and every day. The daily readings take maybe 5-10 minutes, and I leave feeling refilled each time. This book is especially powerful if you are in a dark place, if you are struggling through challenges big or small, or if you just need help adjusting the ol’ ‘tude…like me. It was sent to me by a friend, and, as a friend, I’m telling you it is one of the best and most helpful AND most interest-keeping devotional helpers I’ve read. No one tells you how to think in the readings: a thing is said and you decide how to take it in. I LOVE that concept.
–Loving the Little Years, likewise, not your typical “27 Steps to Magically Being a Perfect Parent” type of book. No no no. ✋🏻 At the time of writing, this gal had FIVE children FIVE AND UNDER. 😳 Holy sweet mother of Moses, give that woman a medal. Or a cookie. Or a glass of wine. All three. 🙀 The thing I love about her book is that it is not precious, it is not written from a perspective of looking back fondly on all the bright and shiny moments remembered from motherhood. Nope. In the opening chapter, she can hear hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out as she writes. It’s THAT kind of book. 😉 She keeps those chapters shooooooort, y’all. So short, in fact, that this morning’s chapter that I read only took two taps of my Kindle screen, and done. 🙌🏻 She tells it like it is, she wrote from a place of GETTING IT, and…her words will challenge you to open your arms and adjust your ‘tude…so that you can love your kids where they are. It’s truly the ONLY parenting book I haven’t rolled my eyes all the way through, and it is certainly the only one I have ever reread. I seriously read it at least once a year, if not more. Short, to the point, funny, and challenging. Boom.
Anyway, I thought I’d share these two very very quick yet poignant daily reads with you in hopes that someone out there might be encouraged to tune their ‘tude right along with me. I struggle and fail often; and I think it is in the failing that we have a chance to change and grow. These two short and sweet tools certainly help me in my own growth, so I thought I’d pass them along to you buddies.
Appreciate y’all each and every time you take a few minutes to stop and say hello over here–I love connecting with you on the blog, and I hope you do, too! Let me know if there are any other great devotionals or parenting books/blogs I should check out, and have a great day, friends!