lent 2010: for the past several years I’ve adopted a habit or given up a habit for the forty days before Easter in remembrance and celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. This year I am going to try to give up discouragement. It is so easy as a stay-at-home mom to become discouraged about what I didn’t accomplish each day. The house is never quite as clean as I had hoped, the to-do list always seems to get longer rather than shorter, and there never seems to be enough time to “accomplish” anything that feels significant and productive. But in truth, my value comes not from what I accomplish but who I am as a child of God. And when I stop to think about it, I do “produce” quite a bit even on the most unproductive days…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control are all fruits that are slowly growing in our home, along with a few tangible projects. I plan to share these “accomplishments” here as often as I can, as a reminder to put aside discouragement and dissatisfaction with the wonderful life God has given me. This might be the hardest habit I’ve ever tried to break during lent. Are you interested in joining me on the journey? If so, post your own “what I made today” in the comments or on your own blog and link it here so we can all rejoice in our progress together.
- Today I made a post-vacation messy house look almost clean again.
- Today I made one stamped card with the leftovers from last week’s stamping class.
- Today I made a sick little boy feel safe and loved after a nightmare. Well, I had some help on that one.