“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…What you say flows from what is in your heart.” – Luke 6:45 (NLT)
Hey, mamas! Today, we are talking about preserving joy by protecting our hearts and minds from the hazardous influences of life.
When I first became a mom, I realized that no matter which “type” of mom I was going to decide to be, there would always be an oppositional “camp” of motherhood thinking. Whether I breastfed or bottle-fed, home-made organic baby food or bought it, co-slept or crib-slept my baby, not everyone would ever completely agree with how I mothered. I desperately wanted to be viewed as the best mom I could be for my kids.
When I took my eyes off Jesus to focus on what other moms were doing for their children, comparison hindered my strengths as a mother.
As long as we intentionally meditate on God’s Word and reflect the person of Jesus concerning every family decision, we should be confident in our choices. As mother and author Leanna Tankersly says, “The one thing we can control is how we treat ourselves, and that one thing can change everything.”
Blessings and love,
• A practical way to improve the surroundings that affect your self-perceptions as a mother is to pay attention to the people you follow on social media. Make it easier for you to feel confident in the Spirit-led choices you’re making for your family. Tell your accountability partner about any area of insecurity so that they can speak God’s loving truth over you. God has great joy for us right behind the pain of our self-doubt!
- Write Proverbs 4:23 in your journal and on a notecard to place above your kitchen, sink. Read it while you are doing your dishes. Try to memorize it in a week. Teach it to your children when they are sitting at the table for mealtime.