Being a mother is one of life’s greatest blessings and I am so grateful to be on this journey. However some days are harder than others, some moments bring heavier challenges. There are days as a parent it feels like one defeat after another with an overwhelming blanket of failure closing in. The day when everything little thing seems to be going wrong, all of the kids are having a rough day and it all bubbles into one disaster filled day. The day that you know the sun is there hiding behind the clouds but you cannot see it or feel it. I don’t think I am alone, I am pretty sure that any parent can relate to what kind of day this is, thankfully these days are few and far between.
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.’ James 1:2
Sometimes it may not be the whole day but just parts of a day that weigh down and burden you with feeling like you have failed in some way and it feels like the sunshine is a million miles away instead of just behind the clouds.
‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.’ Job 8:21
To help stay focused on the positive and keep me to be more aware and sensitive to God’s blessing in my life I have been capturing the wins each day. This has helped to break through the clouds and see the sunshine even on the more difficult challenging days. Some days I am not as good with this, I fall to the negative feelings of defeat.
But overall capturing the wins has really been encouraging and quite rewarding. For several months in my journal I have a space everyday for writing down my ‘WINS’. So as I go through my day I am making a conscious effort of looking for the positive things and then writing them down. Some days I am able to find more wins than others. Some days I struggle to find the wins however I am always able find something positive to write down. This has helped keep my heart and mind focused on seeing God’s blessings in my life, small and big.
Some days my wins are as simple as ‘5 minutes of uninterrupted bathroom time’.
A beautiful sunrise on the way in the morning.
The way our youngest snuggles in my lap to play.
Sweet note from my loving husband.
As I have been capturing these positive moments and details of my life it has been most rewarding to go back and read the wins from weeks and months ago. My heart and mind are filled with these precious moments in time. Capturing my wins as turned out to be wonderful rays of sunshine in the stormy days.
‘Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.’ Psalm 100:1
‘You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.’ Psalm 30:11
‘When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.’ Psalm 94:19
I pray to keep my eyes focused on You. I pray our marriage, our family, our home will keep You in the center of everything. I pray for your will to be done in our lives, I pray to glorify You especially in our trials and struggles. Help me to focus on the big and the small blessings in our lives. I pray to keep my eyes and my heart open to Your blessings and the good being built within our family and home and to not dwell on the negatives or the struggles. I am human and I make mistakes and fall short all the time, I pray to learn from my mistakes to grow stronger because of them. I pray for direction and guidance. Please Father give me courage and strength to be the wife and mother You have created me to be. Thank you for my family, for blessing me with an amazing husband, for blessing me with the awesome adventure of being a mother. ~~~In Jesus name, AMEN