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The Power of a Positive Mom- Chapter 1

*I started reading this book- it's really good! I wanted to share some highlights from each chapter as I read (I'm slow- usually I read out loud to Harrison so just a little bit at a time).

The Power of a Positive Mom

By: Karol Ladd
(click on book to purchase!)

Influence Beyond Measure

-Motherhood: It's the toughest job we ever loved!

-Committing ourselves to love and care for our children as God commands- even if it means putting their needs above our own, time and time again- is the way to a full and abundant life. Motherhood has this kind of selfless love built into the job description.

-Still, we often feel put to the challenge when someone asks "And what do you do?" Unfortunately, because of the way society thinks, it seems shallow to answer, "I'm a mother." Even though we know that motherhood is a high and important calling, we feel as though we must be able to list several substantial interests outside the home to satisfy our inquirers. It used to be that our occupation was spoken of with respect and honor; now it's treated as a mere accessory in the ensemble of life!

-Certainly we do not receive a lot of accolades for the job of motherhood. Often our many hours of hard work seem to roll by largely unnoticed, but our work does make a difference in this world. My dad always says, "Spectacular achievements come from unspectacular preparation." The tasks we do day in and day out as a mom may not seem so spectacular, but they are achieving an important end goal: raising the next generation.

-You are absolutely essential in your home and in the lives of your kids. Your job has more than monetary value; it has eternal worth!

-Colossians 3:23 & 24- "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance form the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

-Insightful poem:

I took a piece of plastic clay

And idly fashioned it one day;

And as my fingers pressed it still,

It moved and yielded at my will.

I came again when days were past,

The form I gave it still did last

And as my fingers pressed it still,

I could change that form no more at will

I took a piece of living clay,

And gently formed it day by day,

And molded with my power and art,

A young child's soft and yielding heart.

I came again when days were gone;

It was a man I looked upon,

He still that early impress bore,
And I could change it never more.

-Choose: I will view my role in motherhood as a highly significant investment of my time and energy.