Yesterday, I had such a victory. I have had a lack of joy in my parenting lately. I have really been focusing on all the negative things that my children have been doing and not looking at the blessings. I went into the day intentionally looking for each blessing. Even though I had one of the most intense disciplining days (with the two older boys) that I have had in awhile, I managed to keep smiling and stay calm. We didn't get done homeschooling until 4:00 p.m. and they didn't get any playtime as I kept applying consequences, but by the end of the day they turned it around and we had a nice evening together.
As Steve and I reflected on the day, instead of thinking of all the bad things that happened, I instead focused on the cute, funny and thoughtful things that occurred. There were many!
I want to make this a holy-habit! lately, all my energy has been drained because of disciplining. It has to stop. Focus on the sweet things, while I'm disciplining. What a challenge this will be! But the mind is everything and I am determined with the Spirit's help to take captive my thoughts instead of letting this negativity run me down. Will you pray for me?