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SMART Habit Saturday

July 7, 2007

Smart Habit Saturday

Okay, another week has flown by.  Does it just seem like the older we get, the faster time flies?  Mentally, I feel like I’ve barely graduated from college, but the reality is quite different!  Anyway, I was sick most of last week and didn’t do really great with sticking with my habits, but at least now I have the mental awareness that they are intentionally being worked on.  Somehow, I am still doing better than before I made the commitment to work specifically on these habits.

Here’s a report on my progress so far:

Playing games with the children — Good

Chore Charts — Great!

Making up my bed daily — Uh…, let’s not go there this week…

Touch the mail once only — Really Good

One Diet Coke a Day — It. Is. Never. Going. To. Happen. As long as I have kids at home!!!!!  So, okay, maybe that’s not true, but I am really struggling with this one.

I do want to start working on another habit this week as well.  I want to take the time each day to specifically encourage my children.  I always try to do this, but when the kids are behaving terribly, especially when one or two are made to look like shining stars because another is behaving as if the world revolves around her…uh, wait a minute…like he belongs in a zoo…no, that’s not it…like a sinner, it it all too easy to forget anything positive about the poorly behaved child. 

Even if I can’t think of much that is positive (and let’s face it, I’ve had some of those moments), I can still affirm that my child is made in the image of God, made for God’s own glory, and is loved and valuable.  Then, when I am rational again, I can remember other specific things, like their laugh or smile or helpfulness or goodness to their sister and brother.  This is not to excuse my child’s sin, but to let them know that this is why we need a Savior, and that to Him, we are valuable.  So, this week, I will work on being encouraging at the times my children are at their worst–speaking the truth, but in love, and giving them hope.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. nsdesperatehousewife permalink
    July 7, 2007 8:20 am

    Sorry you were sick last week but glad you are feeling better. I think that’s when you know it’s a habit – when that mental awareness kicks in. Maybe that’s why I’m so up & down – my mental awareness for anything has been lacking lately. Good luck this week. That sounds like a great habit!

  2. July 7, 2007 10:42 am

    I hear you on the soda thing. Good job on the games (and you were sick, too).

    I aspire to touching the mail only once too. Hope you are feeling better.

  3. July 7, 2007 1:06 pm

    Sorry you were sick, that’s not fun. 😦 I think there’s one habit that we all have that is the hardest for us. I figure eventually we’ll master it. Good luck this week!

  4. dwellinginpossibility permalink
    July 8, 2007 8:48 am

    Being positive to my children requires a lot of conscious will power on my end. I know what you mean! Good luck on a very worthy goal.

  5. July 9, 2007 11:25 am

    “This is not to excuse my child’s sin, but to let them know that this is why we need a Savior, and that to Him, we are valuable…”

    Amen…Too much of what children learn today is about a positive “self” image. Who are we really? We are sinners saved by God’s grace and our value and worth is found and built upon that grace, which was the sacrificing of His one and only son for our sins because He loves us…As a result of this positive “self” image that children are taught, the biblical idea of considering others above ourselves is lost…

    What a challenging goal it is to shepherd our children according to the ways of Scripture, but you and your children will be much blessed by it!

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