Have a good cry.

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Organize your attitude #40 To organize our attitudes does not mean to “buck up,” “get over it,” or “plaster on a smile.” Organizing our attitudes is not positive-thinking changing reality. Organizing our attitude is recognizing that our perception of reality is an interpretation, and double-checking that our interpretation is correct. If we’re getting cranky because of the way we see things, we’re not seeing things correctly. No, there’s not always a way to spin our view so that things are … Read More

Build your house.

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Organize Your Attitude #39 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. – Proverbs 14:1 Our words build or tear down – there is no neutral. And what do they build up or tear down? Our own homes, our own families. Every word we say, every look we give, communicates to our children and gives them identity – whether good or bad. We are their mothers. Even while arguing and complaining, they are … Read More


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Organize Your Attitude #38 You know those days. Those terrible no good days where we just can’t seem to pull ourselves together, even after two (or three) cups of coffee. Sometimes we have to choose the right attitude before we feel it. If we wait for our feelings to lead the way, we’ll be left nursing hurts and holding grudges. We’ll be left with our coffee dregs and headaches, feeling miserable. It’s tough. Feelings are powerful and insensitive to reason. … Read More

Purge your closet.

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Organize your attitude #37 What’s in your closet? Do you know? Is it a black hole? Sometimes, setting order to one small area helps us set order to our mindset and our attitudes. Our closets might not be publicly visible spaces, but they are personal spaces. Our closet, whether we like it or not, says something about us. What does our closet say? What message are we picking up from our own closets each morning? Most likely, our children aren’t … Read More

See your doctor.

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Organize your attitude #36 My youngest child just turned 4. For the last 13 years, the primary medical attention I have received has been from a midwife. 

Sure, there’s been an occasional urgent care visit, but besides a midwife, I’ve not seen a primary care physician. As I was making routine well-child visits (all overdue) for my children, my husband encouraged me to make one for myself as well. I’m not unwell. I’m not even low-energy. But preventative care is … Read More

Go to church.

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Organize your attitude #35 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” –Psalm 122:1 We’re not meant to do life alone. We’re not even meant to do life as a single family unit. We’re meant to live in community and fellowship with a body of believers, regularly, intentionally, and humbly. Attending church is a way to organize our attitude because at church we confess our sins, worship God, and fellowship with … Read More

Hug your kids.

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Organize your attitude #34 Once upon a time, I had a somewhat embarrassing item on my daily checklist: Smile at each child. Eventually, I graduated to “Hug each child.” Yes, it was on my list that I had to actually check off, because I knew it was a good and necessary habit for a mom to have, and yet I did not have it. Slowly, checkmark-by-checkmark, I built the habit until I didn’t need it on my checklist anymore. It’s … Read More

Ignore the mess.

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Organize your attitude #33 Christmas is almost here. Kids are off school, excited, and doing what kids do best: creating messes. Add to that typical chaos all the extra stuff of Christmas – more sweets, new toys, wrapping paper, packaging – plus extra exuberance – and you have the makings of a real disaster. But it’s only a disaster if you look at it with the attitude that your home should always be neat and tidy and life is all … Read More

Make something.

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Organize your attitude #32 At the end of the day, do you check out, flat and dull? After a full day of managing life and other people, do you have no oomph left? Make Something. After a long enough stretch of doing-doing-doing, we need to recharge, refill our minds and souls, and connect with others and with our creative side. As humans, we are made in God’s image. God is a Creator, The Creator, who created the entire world out … Read More

Eat breakfast.

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Organize your attitude #31 Do you stop to eat breakfast every morning? A cheerful disposition is not only mental. It is also physical. Our stomachs have a say in our attitude, and we would do well to not overlook that reality. We’re not above our bodies. When we are hungry, when our blood sugar drops or spikes, when we don’t drink enough water, we will have a harder time maintaining our mental equilibrium. We need to eat breakfast. Breakfast is … Read More

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