Mom- A Reflection of God

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I saw a t-shirt the other day that I loved. It said, “I am beautiful. It is the God in me.” I wish that I could wear that shirt in my heart and believe it. My head knows that I am doing the most important job in the world, raising my children. My brain knows that my hard work will pay off one of these days. Yet, my feet are tired, my body is exhausted. I wish that I could just reflect God’s character and just be. But it is off to another busy day.

My sink is filled with the dirty dishes that I didn’t get to last night. There are clothes to wash and clothes to put away. I must feed the children, do diapers, clean faces, stop fights, make naptime happen, sweep the floor, do the bills, go on errands, feed the kids again and get them to bed. This cycle happens everyday. It is routine, yet never predictable. Something crazy always happens.

So how can my heart stop and feel proud that I am who God wants me to be, right now? And how can I know that God is right there beside me?

I see His love in my little one smiling up at me. When I receive their hugs, God is hugging me. God says, “You are reflecting my love to them, to help them know that they are loved by me.” I am a conductor of His electric current of love and happiness. It is by sharing this beauty that I may feel it too. God wants me to stop, amid the chaos and embrace that love and then share it.

I am MOM. I am the WOW that He created me to be. I am a reflection of Him. I am beautiful, because He is in me.

I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Bring on the day.

Meghan

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Failure is growth

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This applies for all mistakes, misfortunes and shortcomings. They are there for a reason. They are there to help us grow. Be excited next time you fail. This is an opportunity to try things differently. Celebrate each failure. I know that that sounds funny, but who knows what might happen if you do. Give it a try and see. Say to yourself next time you make a mistake, “Oops, that didn’t work. Ha Ha, now I get to try something else. Oh, the adventure of the unknown. Let me learn it a different way.”

Laugh about things when they go wrong. Life is meant to be joyful. When you fall, get up, laugh at yourself. Be light hearted. Then with a smile walk on. Everybody fails. The question is can you do yours gracefully and with joy?

Meghan

Embracing Failure

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I want to learn. I want to grow.

I don’t want to expect that I will get to the end of the tunnel and find happiness, because maybe it won’t be there. In my exhaustion I continue to focus on hope, wishing that it would bring me a better future. Yet, do I see the beauty around and within me right here?

I work so hard to accomplish my goals. Hard work and talent can get you far, but unfortunately don’t always mean that you will be a success. I don’t want to hope for something better eventually. I want to enjoy the now.

I want to embrace my failures as steps toward my goal, not as something that defines who I am and tells me whether or not that I am smart. I want to be good enough, as is.

I want to desire a life of learning and growth, over a life of success and validation. One stretches you to places unimaginable, the other places you on a pedestal expecting others to worship you and prove that you are worthy. I am special even in making mistakes. My shortcomings open up the doors of opportunity for me. It is my choice whether or not I accept the adventure that they offer.

Let me raise my hands when I don’t know the answers. Help me to ask for help. Encourage me to try, and try and try. Then congratulate me when I fall, for this means that I can get up and try again.

The goal is not the end of the tunnel, but the laughter and love that you experience during your journey.

Enjoy the trip! Whether you literally do or not.

3 Questions That Could Change Your Life

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Every night I tuck my boys in and ask them the same questions:

1.  What is your happy thing from today?

2.  What is your wish?

3.  Who did you help today?

I write their answers down in a journal, we cuddle and then pray. This is the happiest part of my day, when we reflect and spend quiet, quality time with one another. I ask these three questions with a purpose, hoping to grow these boys into men with character and heart. This is why I ask:

1.  What is your happy thing from today? I want to encourage them to not only dwell on the goodness that has happened during the day, but to be grateful for it. Life is tough, but God always makes a way. I want my children to see God’s hand in all that they do. When the day has gone oh, so bad, there is always a silver lining. I want to teach my boys to look for that sunshine. It is there. They just need to look for it. By thinking of the happy, they will be grateful for what they have. So many emotional problems stem from self-pity. “I deserve to have everything perfect. The world needs to cater to my needs,” we often think. Then we wallow in despair when we don’t get what we want. Instead, joy is a choice. It is not in what we have, or who we are. It is a decision to believe that we are created by a God who loves us, made us with a purpose and has chosen us to be blessed.

2.  What is your wish? Dreams create reality. Hope steers our decisions; as we look forward into our exciting futures we can actually change them by acting upon our dreams. I want my boys to dream big and then work hard. Being familiar with their thoughts and desires which determine what decisions they make, will give them a special power. If they can dream it, they can accomplish it. Half the battle is knowing what you want. Once you know, you are that much closer to conquering the hurdles in front of you. My favorite wish that they make is when they make a hope or wish for someone else. This warms my heart. It is selfless love, the kind of love God Himself has for us.

3.  Who did you help today? They know this one is coming, so all day they focus on how they can help others. Selfishness kills the spirit, but generosity grows the soul. If I can give my boys one gift, it would be to help them to learn compassion and show empathy for others. The Bible encourages us to help carry the burdens of those around us. I want my boys to be Jesus to someone each day. It may be the only Jesus that they see that day.

So, I ask you:

What is happy in your life right now?

What do you wish for?

And who have you helped today?

Meghan

Be-YOU-tiful YOU!

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You be the very best YOU that you can be, and wear it proudly!

You are different from every other person on this planet for a reason.

There is no one else who can be YOU, or fill your role.

So just be YOU!

You have been made with faults so that people see you, for who you really are, not who you pretend to be.

Enjoy your failures. They define you.

You have been made with shortcomings, so that you will learn to lean on one another.

Let your weaknesses create community.

You were made with pain, so that you can see the hurting in the world.

Reach out. Listen and love the people around you.

You have been made to endure hardship, for it grows compassion and understanding.

Your tears have enlarged your heart.

You have been taught, so that you may teach.

You have been given courage, to show the way.

You are not alone in your struggles.

Your wounds have not been wasted.

There is an abundance of life that springs forth from the ashes of a fire.

You too, can blossom after the storms that may hit.

You are a gift!

Give of yourself, because people need YOU, just the way you are.

Be-YOU -tiful! YOU!

And proud of it!

Finding Kisses From Heaven- February 13

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“Hope is an excited expectation, awaiting the fulfillment of promises that are assured, unchangeable and absolute. It is not dependent on the stars, luck, chance, or timing. Instead, it is a predestined assurance that we are cherished by God and abide in the heart of the One who made us, takes care of us and longs to be our Best Friend.”

Meghan

It is my prayer today that you look up; Despite the darkness around you, look up. The stars are coming out. Hope is always there – for hope is in God; And God never leaves us, or disappoints us. May you find your hope today and hold on for dear life. It will transport you to all the abundant things that God has planned for you.

Just curious. What is your definition of hope? What brings you hope when you feel down? I would love to hear from you.

Meghan