Looking for great Mother’s Day gift ideas this year? Nothing says “I love you” more than telling your mom just how much she means to you. Ann Voskamp offers 10 points of joyful parenting, and a chance for you to help a mom and baby in Haiti. Read how below…
Motherhood is a daily bravery. I can’t say that I don’t waver. My laundry basket is never empty. I lose library books. Most days I feel just a tad bit overwhelmed and crazy.
Simplicity is always, ultimately, a matter of focus. Which is what I keep telling myself here – here with our six exuberant kids, picking up the errant crayons, the scattered Legos, the boys’ sweaty uniforms from practice. And in the midst of it all, just to find soul space, to breathe deeply and laugh long, to focus on the grace for this moment, for this one glorious day.
In my own journey as a mom, I’ve discovered a simple manifesto. It all starts with three simple, powerful words: Just for today. Not tomorrow, next week, or next year. Today. Now. In this moment…
1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.
2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything else.
3. Today, I will not have any emergencies. There are no emergencies! Only amateurs hurry.
4. Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!
5. Today, I will pray to speak words that are only STRONG words, words that make these children feel strong. Grace words. Grace is the only non-toxic air. All other words I breathe are death words.
6. Today, I will pray to be consistently consistent. I will create safe rhythms that our children can find security in. I will create daily ceremonies because everyday we are CELEBRATING the gift of now!
7. Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.
8. Today, I will hug each of my children as many times as I serve them meals — because children’s hearts feed on touch. I’ll look for as many opportunities to touch my children today as possible — the taller they are, the more so.
9. Today, my priorities will be all Things Unseen.
10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!
Need a great reason to thank your mom this Mother’s Day, besides the fact that she’s just overall a wonderful mom?
Ann Voskamp announced a campaign for this week called the “1,000 Moms Project,” the focus of which is to ask people to share the most important gift their moms gave them. If 1,000 people share, Ann will donate just over $25,000 to a moms mission in Haiti, where the average family lives on just $37 a month.
How it works: Just share the most important gift your Mom gave you – on either Twitter (use the #1000gifts #moms hashtag) or in the Facebook Gratitude Community, or write a letter of thanks to your Mom on your own blog. And Ann will join you in honoring Mom by giving a much-needed gift to a Mom and baby in Haiti.
And if 1.000 moms are thanked either on Twitter, individual blogs, or on the One Thousand Gifts FB page – Ann will match your thanksgiving & sponsor a Maternity/Child Survival Center in Haiti for a whole year!
Let’s all publicly honor & thank our mothers! 1,000 moms can make a Mother’s Day Difference!
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