Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making Your Home Sing Monday: It's Time To Declutter!



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling,recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 55 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

This last week I decluttered some of my Christmas decorations.  I went from seven boxes down to four boxes, so I only decluttered by three boxes.  But still, it means I have three boxes less to store!

Then, because I was still "in the mood" I went ahead and decluttered some of the stuff in my decor box.  I am sort of over my "roosters" phase so I got rid of a couple of roosters and some other decor items.

Sometimes you've got to take advantage of the decluttering urge when it strikes because if you wait around too long, you may not be in the mood as much.

I also find that I can let go of things easier if I declutter a few times a year.  I may not want to let go of something but a few months later I may find that I am not as attached to it anymore.

I am not the only one who is simplifying.  My facebook exploded with posts this week from friends who are cleaning out their pantry, or their spare bedroom, or their home office, etc.  It seemed like everyone was longing to free themselves from some of their "stuff" that hangs on and threatens to choke us sometimes.

The end of the year seems like a good year to do that, doesn't it?  What is threatening to choke YOU today?  What things are YOU hanging onto that seem to own you rather than you owning them.

Let go, pass something along, or toss something away but spend a little time decluttering so that you can breathe a little easier this week and make your home sing!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.



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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling,recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 78 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

I assume you guys have been as busy as I've been these last couple of weeks.  This is why I've barely been online.  

I don't know how many of you are still around or if you're heading out to visit family for the holidays, but I figured I'd get this meme up anyway.

So have a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.



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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 80 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

Sorry for getting this up so late!  I meant to do it last night as usual but we were busy and so I totally forgot.  So sorry and hope you all had a great weekend!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.



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Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's Not About Me And MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 85 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

I love the Christmas season!  But one of the things I don't love about it is how crazy the stores are.  Even going to a grocery store can be a life changing event as you try and not strangle the 12th person that just bumped into you without even an "excuse me!" or park what seems like a million miles away because the parking lot is full.

Yesterday I had to go to the store.  I knew we were in trouble the minute we pulled into the parking lot and cars were frantically trying to force their way into the lanes in order to get a parking spot FIRST!

One car was trying to back out and another car wanted their spot, but THAT car was not following the arrows and was driving in the wrong direction.  The car behind the car backing out wanted the spot too.  So the car backed out but then couldn't leave because neither the car in front of him nor the car behind him were going to give an inch.

Horns were blaring as all three vehicles just sat there, unmoving, while traffic piled up behind and added THEIR horns to the growing orchestra.

Really?  Seriously?

All that tension, added stress and high blood pressure for a parking spot?  

Now don't get me wrong, I have had less than stellar moments over a parking spot that I felt was mine, and found myself getting irritated.  But when it all comes down to it, it is a parking spot.




We may not be able to change how rude other people are but we can change how rude we are.  We may not be able to change how others respond but we can change how WE respond.

We may not be able to stop the problem but we can stop contributing to the problem.

So this week?  This week I am going to shop intentionally, with grace. That means I am going to try and give grace to others when they shove me out of the way in order to be the first to get through the door, or run into me with their cart yet AGAIN, or try and shove their way ahead of me in line.

I am also going to try and NOT be the one who is shoving other people or knocking my cart into theirs because I am not being careful or honking my horn because I am impatient.

I am going to try and smile and be polite when others are rude and demanding.......even when it kills me.

And I am not going to shorten MY life by a few seconds or a few years by getting all steamed up over a parking spot.

With the Lord's help I am going to make my home sing this week by intentionally looking for opportunities to be gracious and unselfish.....because I can be very selfish and ungracious sometimes.  But this season is not about me. It's about Him.

And when it comes right down to it......it's just a parking spot.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Yesterday


Yesterday I was a mother to two little boys.  Yesterday I was wiping noses and changing diapers. Yesterday I was wondering if they would ever sleep through the night.

Yesterday I was praying for just five minutes of peace and quiet.  Yesterday I was hoping no one would find me in the bathroom.

Yesterday I prayed for just five more minutes of sleep.  Just five!

Yesterday I was tripping over toys and telling them to please come put their coats away.

Yesterday.  It just seems like yesterday.

Today it is very quiet when I get up in the morning.  Today there are no noses to wipe or diapers to change.

Today there is no one waking me up in the middle of the night asking for a drink of water.


Today I am a mother of two young men.

Yesterday is gone, but today is just beginning.  Today is brand new, just waiting to be written.  There is much to find joy in today.

"This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Take Out, Anyone?




I did.  I really did type too fast and sent the above message.

After reading it, my hubby made me laugh by sending this message in response.  It read:

"I'm working late."


As I said, spelling is everything.  Take out, anyone?




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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Traditions! And "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 106 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

Wow, this year is going fast!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Right now it looks like Christmas threw up all over my house.  All we did was pretty much drag the Christmas boxes out but no real decorating has been done yet.

I've been watching Christmas movies 24/7 on the Hallmark channel.  O.k., maybe not watching 24/7 but I love the Christmas movie season!

My husband has already informed me that we need to watch "White Christmas,"  which is also our daughter-in-law's favorite Christmas movie.   Our eldest son wants to watch "Miracle on 34th Street" which is HIS favorite and I'm pretty sure that our youngest son will want to watch "Jingle All The Way."

MY favorite Christmas movie is "It's A Wonderful Life." 

Isn't it funny how some movies become a tradition?  I remember watching "The Wizard of Oz" every year as a child with my family.  Not at Christmas time, of course, lol!

You can make a tradition around a movie, a book, a song, a place, a food........the tradition opportunities are endless.

Christmas traditions bring back warm memories of Christmases gone by, of family members who are no longer with us, of precious moments when our children were younger, and even of our own childhood.

Making a birthday cake for Jesus, new pajamas on Christmas morning, baking and decorating sugar cookies, Christmas caroling, making a snowman...........these are traditions that you might choose to observe every year.

Some of our family traditions are things that we did a couple of times and then one of our children declared it a must have, and thus a TRADITION was born!  Some traditions eventually end, of course.

For example, our children used to sleep in front of the Christmas tree the first night it went up and the last night before it was taken down.  This tradition carried on for years until they got to be teenagers and sleeping on the couch was fine for one but the loveseat was too small for the other, which left the hardwood floor......they tried it but didn't like it much.

But the awesome thing about tradition is that you can always make a new one if you want, or you can choose to keep an old one.  You can even modify a tradition!

This year I'm choosing to keep our tradition of watching favorite Christmas movies, and driving around looking at neighborhood Christmas lights.

What traditions are you choosing to keep this year?   What is YOUR favorite Christmas movie?  Renew an old tradition, discover a new tradition and make your home sing!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 103 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste into your post if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

Wow.  Can you believe that this is Thanksgiving week?  How did that happen?  And Christmas is right around the corner.

I need to get my house in order this week.  Right now I have part of a bunk bed in my living room and the other part of it in the dining room.  I'll bet YOU can't say that, can you?  Or maybe you can!  ;)

Our kids don't need bunk beds anymore, lol!  So it's time to pass it on to someone who can use it.  Plus, it really doesn't do much for my decor.

So this week I will be making my home sing by concentrating on a few things that I've been putting off lately.

What about you? Have you been putting anything off?  This might be a good week to get caught up on a few things!  I'll race you!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

So I Done Got Me A Smartphone...


Well, I did it.  I done got me a Smartphone.  Problem is, I think it's smarter than I am.  And it knows it too.

Texting has never been my strong suit, and now I have this thing on my phone called Swype - or something like that.  Anyway, I just move my finger around like it's having a seizure and if I'm lucky I hit the right keys and make a word.

But it's not always the right word.  My problem is that I swipe my finger around really fast and I don't proofread what I'm typing because what's the fun in that?

Below is a recent conversation I had with my son....


For the record, I did not want to see them butter anything.  I wanted to see them "both" and said "I can see butter anytime."  Or rather, I tried to say it.  The phone had other ideas.

As for the "Lol n kill" comment, I have absolutely NO idea what that was supposed to be, don't remember what I was trying to say anymore.  But I'm pretty sure I wasn't going to laugh and then go kill something.

Another time I sent a text inviting them over to eat nachos but the phone invited them over to eat Navajo. That phone is just trying to get me into trouble.  Seriously, I think my phone is out to get me.

This is why I am now trying to proofread before I send my texts.  It's not nearly as much fun though......


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 88 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.

I am just posting the linky party as I don't have a "real" post to go with it.  A friend dropped by today, then my brother and his family stopped by, and then after that our oldest son and daughter-in-law joined us for dinner.

So today was a lovely day spent with friends and family and so I don't have a post ready for tomorrow.  Lucky you! ;)  Have a great week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Tale Of Two Chickens. Only, Not Really.

Our 20 year old goes to college during the day and has a part-time job in the late afternoon and evenings.  So he is rarely home for dinner unless it's a day off.  Usually he eats leftovers for a late lunch before he leaves for work, but sometimes he can't because there aren't any so he has to make something to eat.

This particular afternoon he heated up a chicken patty in the microwave and I started to defrost chicken in order to make chicken and rice for dinner.

Something you should know.  My son loves sports.  Seriously.  Always has, always will. 

So I walk in the other room and my son is plopped on the couch in front of the t.v. watching some sports channel.  Guess what was on the coffee table right in front of him?  Chicken.


No, not this kind of chicken..

The bag of chicken patties.  That belong in the freezer.  Because they're frozen.

So I lightly scolded him for not returning the bag to the freezer ("I was waiting for the commercial, Mom!") and then I walked all over the house trying to find my smoothie glass.

I had set it down somewhere to go do something and then forgot where I put it.  So I walked all over the place looking for it.

I even looked in the bathroom because, well.....you never know.  (In case you're wondering, it wasn't there.)

Then I walked back into the kitchen and discovered the bag of frozen chicken breasts still sitting out on the counter because I forgot to put them back in the freezer.

I'd say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fighting Vs. Communicating



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 78 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which you are welcome to grab and paste if you want but it's not a requirement.  It is a "no-follow" button.


It was a huge fight.  I don't even remember what it was about anymore, it was too long ago.  We were newlyweds.

But what I DO remember is that, in the middle of it, I said something hurtful to my husband.  I remember knowing that it hurt him, and I didn't care.

I had wrapped my anger around me like a blanket and I was determined to win this argument at all costs. Even if I had to hurt my husband to do it.  Winning was what was important, not my husband and not my marriage.

Sometimes we tend to think of an argument or a fight as something that must be won.  We forget about the issues we were discussing, the goals we might want to reach together, and start focusing on you did this, and you never do that, and you always.....

Pretty soon we are no longer discussing the issue at hand.  We are no longer communicating.  We are fighting.  And that night?  I was determined to win.

How can we look at the one we love, the one whose heart is knit with ours, and not care that they're hurting?

How can we say words that hurt, words that crush, and words that cannot ever be taken back, and not care?


There is fighting and there is communicating.......

Fighting is expressing your anger, communicating is expressing your thoughts and feelings.
Fighting is seeking to win, communicating is seeking to understand.
Fighting escalates, communicating facilitates.
Fighting hurts, communicating heals.

That night I had hardened my heart against my husband and I was hardening my heart against God.  That night was ALSO the night that God showed me my heart, and I didn't like what I saw.

That night I realized that winning wasn't important.  My husband was.  That night I remembered that marriage isn't "me."  It's "we."

That night I asked for God's forgiveness and my husband's forgiveness for my selfishness and hurtful words. I would have lost far more than I ever could have gained that night, had the Lord not turned me around.  What a gracious, loving God we have and what a precious, patient husband I have!

Some people like to say that fighting is healthy in a marriage.  I like to think that communication is healthy in a marriage.  Fighting is nothing until you get to the communication part.  Otherwise it's just conflict with no resolution.

When you look up the word communication, it uses the word "to share" to describe it.  Sharing information about feelings, thoughts, needs and desires, etc.

When you look up the word fight in the dictionary, it uses the word "angry" to describe it.  Angry arguing, angry conflict, etc.

But I also noticed that the dictionary describes fighting as gaining something by a struggle, or struggling to endure or overcome.

When we make communication important and stick to the issue at hand, when we fight to communicate and fight for our marriage, we are fighting a good fight.  We are fighting a fair fight.  We are fighting so that we both win.....together.

Now that's a thing worth fighting for!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Photobooth Fun!


We had quite a fun time in the photo booth at our son's wedding!  And since I didn't have a post prepared and played hooky by watching a movie tonight with my family instead, I am posting some fun photos that we did (how's THAT for a long sentence?).

(I'm not posting photos of our sweet new daughter-in-law yet because I keep forgetting to ask her permission to post photos of her on my blog.  I wouldn't want to do it without her permission.  I always like to ask people first before I put their photos on here).

And now for a little crazy...........


I didn't know that there was something on the ground that you step on to take the picture, and I accidentally stepped on it before we were ready, as you can tell in the first picture above.  This is our handsome oldest son, the groom.

Then it was a mad dash of "What should we do?" and "How should we pose?"

You KNOW that I love me some Disney and some Mickey so when I saw those ears I snatched them up!


Notice how hubby went for the ears in this next set of pictures posted above.  This is my precious mom.  I think I have her eyes, don't you agree?  I also think it looks like she didn't want hubby kissing her in the second photo......I'm only kidding!  She loves my hubby and the feeling is mutual.


Our youngest son.  Isn't he handsome?  He was the "best man."

I was loving those glasses so much that I could barely bring myself to part with them.

If I had time tonight I'd try and write a funny little story to go with each set of pictures, but it's late and I want to get this post up. I hope y'all have an awesome weekend!



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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Don't Leave Your Child's Heart & Mind To Chance


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 96 linkups last week!  You guys are awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)

Have you ever thought about the fact that we will make to-do lists, we will plan parties and vacations and activities, and yet we won't plan the most important thing of all?

We won't plan how we are going to raise our children.  


We fail to plan because, after all, how can you PLAN raising your children?  Isn't that impossible?  Things happen, priorities change, people change, life gets in the way so how can you even think of making any kind of workable plan?

Let me tell you something that you already know:  Children's minds and hearts are too important to leave to chance.

You can parent intentionally, or you can sit back and hope that they will "catch" the right values.  Are YOU parenting intentionally?

Image courtesy of chrisroll at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


If you don't teach your child what is right, someone will teach them what is wrong.

If we don't teach them our values, someone else will teach them theirs.

If we don't teach them our beliefs, someone else will teach them their beliefs.

If we don't teach them what we know to be the truth, someone else will teach them a lie.

We cannot burden our children with something that is too big for them.  But, even at a young age, there are things we want them to learn,  there are character traits we'd like to see them develop, and values we want to instill.


Many years ago I listed some things that I wanted to do for or with our oldest son (he was around age five at the time). I wrote:

Show Scriptural basis for things when we correct him or teach him things we want him to learn.
Devotions with him.
Praise and thanking the Lord for things so he learns how to praise and be thankful.
Focus on the good things he does and good things God does.
Play with him - time just for him each day.
For Me: watch my words and what I say and how I say it (i.e. tone of voice).


For his younger brother who was just a young toddler this is some of what I listed for him:

Read books to him 
Play with him
Sing songs to him
Playtime with his brother (to foster and encourage their relationship)


It doesn't mean that I wasn't already playing with them, etc.  But by writing it down it meant that I was committing to being intentional about it.

We would also, from time to time, note character traits that we wanted to see them develop or values that we wanted to instill in them.  They might have weaknesses that we wanted to encourage them to try and turn into strengths.

We cannot easily encourage our child in their weaknesses if we don't know their strengths.  

When we know their strengths, we know their passion and we can use that to build them up in their weak areas.

For example: If your child really has a heart for service and loves to do things for others, but struggles with wanting things done their way, have them bake cookies with a friend or sibling to take to another friend or neighbor, but let their baking partner choose the cookies they will bake.  Encourage them to work together on decorating the cookies and on brainstorming what to put on the card.

If your child is very creative and loves writing or crafts but is having a hard time being patient with his/her younger siblings, have her write and direct a play with parts for her siblings or have her create a craft for them all to do.  She will probably need your guidance a bit but it will direct her passion and move her in a positive direction for working on that weakness.

Look at your children's strengths and see how you can use those strengths to work on their weaknesses. How can you encourage them to stretch a little?  How can you challenge them and build them up?

Sit down and prayerfully make some goals for your child.  Don't panic.  It doesn't have to be for the rest of their life.  It only needs to be for "right now."

Write down what you would like them to believe about themselves.  How you want them to view God, themselves, their family?




Prayerfully set some goals today and make your home sing!

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