Okay, so this Joyful Monday is more for us MOMS than it is for the kids. But this is oh, so valuable!!
TODAY is EVALUATE YOUR LIFE DAY!
Brene Brown has said, "Great mothers know that they are worthy of love and belonging, and as a result they raise children who know they are worthy of the same things (Rising Strong, p. 113)."
Motherhood brings up all sorts of emotions that sometimes are hard to deal with. We have the pressure on our shoulders of not only ourselves being emotionally stable but also tend to carry the emotions of our children on our backs as well. Right or wrong, good or bad, this is a reality in the life of a mother.
When we are emotionally exhausted it is that much harder to carry their weights. What do you do to strengthen your emotional bucket? I, personally, do yoga, read, take a nap or write (writing is amazingly therapeutic!). So, do something to recharge your battery and tell yourself you are worthy! You are strong, raising strong kids!
This one's a little easier to examine. We know how healthy we are or are not in the physical department. We know we don't exercise enough and that we eat too much junk food. Rather than feeling shamed by this, make a change. I'm going to commit to drinking more water. :-)
Women need women. Dr. Leonard Sax writes about this in a couple of his books. He tells us that the quilting bees were an integral part in a woman's life in colonial times. He says we've gotten away from the "back fence" neighbor feel, borrowing baking ingredients and advice across the fence. That footpath between houses is no longer as prevalent in this day and age. When's the last time you borrowed sugar from a neighbor? Or had lunch with a friend? It's too easy to be too busy for friends, but friendship will keep you strong as a mom. I am eternally grateful for the friendships that have developed in my life and excited to gain more as time goes on. ;-)
The scriptures give us great guidelines for this category through the words of Alma. We know these questions well:
During our most recent General Conference, Elder Larry R. Lawrence invited us to ask the quesiton, "What lack I yet?" What am I doing to increase my relationship with God? What am I doing to keep myself progressing toward Him? Tough but important questions when it comes to evaluating ourselves!
Some Final Thoughts
Our bodies are gifts from God, yet complex in their make up. Each of these components - - emotional, physical, social, and spiritual - - rely on and affect the others. To be imbalanced in one is to be imbalanced in all. Yet, sometimes when we are socially strong, that can compensate for when we are emotionally weak. Let us take a moment "examine [ourselves]" and see where we are in all areas of our lives, make changes, and watch for results!
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"With His love and the love of His Son in my heart, I challenge each of us to
follow our spiritual desires and come to ourselves. Let’s have a talk with
ourselves in the mirror and ask, “Where do I stand on living my covenants?”