In my recent Pay it Forward post I shared a story of a random act of kindness my sister had done on our recent Disney trip. As we prepare to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, what better time to think about ways we can Pay it Forward to those around us? Whether you help a family member with a rent payment one month or put money in a parking meter for an unknowing stranger…you are PaYiNg it FoRwArD. We will be collecting Pay it Forward stories from our readers between now and Monday, November 19th. These stories will be compiled into a special post for Thanksgiving to share with our readers.
Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
This past weekend I spent the unofficial beginning of summer at the Jersey Shore with my family at my parent’s beach house. Each morning my son rode his bike while my daughter pushed her baby doll in a stroller next to him as I pushed our beach cart full of “NeCeSsItiEs” up the block and a half to the beach. I couldn’t help thinking how much easier this seemed compared to the past few summers when I had to manage the beach cart and the kids in a wagon behind me. The morning of Memorial Day as my son and I were making our way up to the beach I hit a bump with the beach cart and the cart and all of its contents landed on the street. Four chairs, my beach bag, and enough sand toys for a small army scattered all over the street. My first instinct was to get my son Nicholas to stop riding his bike so that he would be safe while I picked everything back up, and then I began to collect all of our beach gear. As Nicholas and I started picking up the sand toys I noticed two young boys who were about high school age had watched the entire incident and just LooKeD at me and kept on walking. I stopped what I was doing and pointed them out to my son. I explained to him that someday he is going to be a “big boy” like they were and that he might see a Mommy who is having trouble like I was. I told him that I hoped that when he grows up he would… At that point Nicholas stopped me and finished the thought for me. He looked at me and said, “Mommy, I would help the Mommy pick everything up.”
Nicholas Memorial Day 2012
There are so many times as parents we get caught up in the busyness of the day-to-day routine that we forget to look for the moments that may have an ImPaCt on our children’s futures. I thought this teachable moment was going to show Nicholas what to do when he gets older, but what it also did was remind me that although I am SO hard on myself, I must be doing something right for my son to already know a lesson that those boys may have missed somewhere along the way.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
I was given a devotional a few months ago (from a very thoughtful and great friend!) and it has cHanGed my life in so many ways. In case you are needing a spiritual boost, help with calming your anxiety, or a reminder that God has good pLaNs for you (even if you currently don’t believe Him!), this is a book I highly recommend!
There is a devotion for every day and I read it every morning. The devotions are only a couple of paragraphs long–it only takes a second to read–yet it will help you ALL day long!
Here are a couple of my favorites:
January 17- “Come to Me with a Thankful Heart, so that you can enjoy My Presence. This is the day that I have made. I want you to rejoice today, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Search for all that I have prepared for you, anticipating abundant blessings and accepting difficulties as they come. I can weave miracles into the most mundane day if you keep your focus on me….”
April 16-“…When you criticize or complain, you are acting as if you think you could run the world better than I do. From your limited human perspective, it may look as if I’m mismanaging things. But you don’t know what I know or see what I see. If I pulled back the curtain to allow you to view heavenly realms, you would understand much more. However, I have designed you to live by faith, not by sight…“
This book also makes a great gift! I have purchased this book for others by going here. I also purchased it on Google Books so Doug can have it on his smartphone!
Maybe a good Father’s Day gift to consider :)
I need help. We all need help.
On Thursday I talked about ways to hold yourself accountable when wanting to change an area of your life in my post Back to Reality. This applies to any area or time in our life. We all have things we want to improve, but don’t know how to get there. Where can you reach out for HELP?
One area of my life that I wanted to improve was my daily enthusiasm for deepening my faith. I had been in a rut and didn’t know where to start. MY HELP this week has been listening to Christian music. Let me tell ya, it is working!
I had originally tried diving into the bible, and to be honest, all I kept doing was staring at the words on the page. At that point in time, IT WASN’T WORKING! So if you can’t get momentum, keep trying until something clicks! Maybe your new HELP will be a friend you aren’t thinking of, a new book, getting involved in a group/organization, researching the internet….explore ALL options! Don’t give up!
And in case you are where I am, below are some of my new FAVS! Check them out, and SING and DANCE with me!! (If you can’t see the video’s below, copy and paste the titles into youtube)
Counting on God–New Life Worship
Phil Wickham – At Your Name (Yahweh Yahweh)
Audrey Assad – Sparrow
NewWorldSon-Learning To Be The Light
Last Friday I made my 9 day promise to be a more patient mommy and not “LoSe It” when things get out of control. Within 3 hours of the post going up I was already struggling to keep my cool when my kids seemed to be on an all out crusade to do the opposite of anything I was asking them to do! Thankfully my husband stepped in and told me to go out and run my errands by myself. I got in my mommy mini-van and listened to my Christmas music and savored each uninterrupted moment I had as I drove. While I was out I sent Lara a text saying that I seemed to be FaILiNg miserably at my 9 day promise. She wrote back some great advice…”Actions are stronger than words.” Now when my kids act up instead of yelling I am taking Lara’s advice and am just moving them to time-out without saying anything. They are old enough to know why they are in trouble without me going on and on about it and saying nothing keeps me from “losing it”. By the time their time-out is over I can talk to them about what they did in a calm manner.
When working on your Live-It List, think about the people you can ReLy on to help you be successful. Whether it be skydiving or completing a quilt, think of the people in your life that you can reach out to who can help you AcHieVe your goals!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)