Cultivate friendships.

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Organize your attitude #51 A too-oft overlooked way to brighten our attitudes and get them back on target is to talk to a friend. We are not meant to live isolated lives. We are created to live in families and in church communities. The New Testament says we are like one body with our fellow believers, and we cannot say we have no need of them. Friendships take time investment. But they are worth it. When we know we are … Read More

Develop grit.

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Organize your attitude #50 Too often, we try to get organized in an attempt to control our lives or make them easier. So then, when life does not go as expected or when it is not easy, we think we’ve done something wrong. We try with renewed energy to “get organized” and “improve ourselves,” hoping we’ll So we are bound to failure. Life isn’t like that. But, just because entropy affects all of life and just because God’s goal isn’t … Read More

Take a break.

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Organize your attitude #48 No matter how much we have to do, we all need to take breaks. Our bodies were not meant to be go-go-go all the time. Sleep is crucial to our health, to our ability to go at all. Meals are for us spiritually, culturally, relationally when taken sitting at a table rather than on the go. Sleep and meals are the basic breaks built into the rhythm of our lives, and we’d do well to heed … Read More

Fill your mind with truth.

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Organize your attitude #47 Our minds are busy places. We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background. Our days are not still and silent. They are humming with thoughts, conversations, and noise. But most of it really is just noise, even those thoughts racing through our … Read More

Read a novel.

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Organize your attitude #41 Yes, read a novel. It doesn’t even have to be a Great Book. Just a story. Get out of your own particulars, relate to someone else, and gain perspective. When we read novels, we are able to see the world from another point of view, experience different settings and lifestyles and circumstances, and are better able to see how small circumstances build into a big picture – into a story. I’ve shared before how it was … Read More

Have a good cry.

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Organize your attitude #40 To organize our attitudes does not mean to “buck up,” “get over it,” or “plaster on a smile.” Organizing our attitudes is not positive-thinking changing reality. Organizing our attitude is recognizing that our perception of reality is an interpretation, and double-checking that our interpretation is correct. If we’re getting cranky because of the way we see things, we’re not seeing things correctly. No, there’s not always a way to spin our view so that things are … Read More

Build your house.

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Organize Your Attitude #39 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. – Proverbs 14:1 Our words build or tear down – there is no neutral. And what do they build up or tear down? Our own homes, our own families. Every word we say, every look we give, communicates to our children and gives them identity – whether good or bad. We are their mothers. Even while arguing and complaining, they are … Read More

See your doctor.

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Organize your attitude #36 My youngest child just turned 4. For the last 13 years, the primary medical attention I have received has been from a midwife. 

Sure, there’s been an occasional urgent care visit, but besides a midwife, I’ve not seen a primary care physician. As I was making routine well-child visits (all overdue) for my children, my husband encouraged me to make one for myself as well. I’m not unwell. I’m not even low-energy. But preventative care is … Read More

Hug your kids.

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Organize your attitude #34 Once upon a time, I had a somewhat embarrassing item on my daily checklist: Smile at each child. Eventually, I graduated to “Hug each child.” Yes, it was on my list that I had to actually check off, because I knew it was a good and necessary habit for a mom to have, and yet I did not have it. Slowly, checkmark-by-checkmark, I built the habit until I didn’t need it on my checklist anymore. It’s … Read More

Have a menu plan.

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Organize your attitude #30 Do you know one real downer that happens all too often? Not knowing what’s for dinner when 5pm rolls around. You know what I’m talking about. And, yes, it happens to me, too. Do you know one real awesome feeling? Knowing at breakfast time what’s for dinner, pulling the meat out of the freezer the night before, and maybe even doing a little head-start prep while the kids eat breakfast. A menu plan makes those mornings … Read More

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