This week I needed to switch it up and read something a little lighter. A Mother's Book of Secrets was a fun and positive book written by a mother and daughter. They give little secrets to making motherhood memorable and meaningful. Like seeing the big picture, using your imagination, saying no sometimes, praying, creating traditions and having family laws. It is cool to get the perspective of Linda Eyre who is an empty nester now looking back on how it was to raise 9 kids and then the perspective of her daughter Shawni Eyre Pothier who is right in the middle of raising her 5 kids.
One of the chapters is about prayer. They give a really great visual that I just love. Imagine if Jesus showed up at our house. We invite him to sit down and wait while we finish cleaning up, taking care of the kids, cooking dinner and doing the laundry. Then by the time we get back to Him we are so tired we lay down and whisper tomorrow would be better. Instead act as if he is following us around while we go about our day. Then we can pray throughout the day and feel like he has been there the whole time and already knows what we are praying about. I have always been taught we can pray anytime and I do find myself saying little prayers throughout my day, but it was neat to visualize Jesus actually in my house helping me with my daughter.
"Motherhood is like being pecked to death by a duck" anonymous
"If we remember to let some imagination in every once in a while, motherhood is just more fun."
"It makes me feel at peace knowing that after I've done the very best I can do, there's someone more powerful that can fill in the gaps"
"Each thing you want to change about a child or a relationship starts with you changing your response to what is happening."