I’ve been trying to keep up with some of the bloggers who are taking the P31 Challenge this year, as well as reading your FB posts for those of you who are reading through the book or have just finished it.
What I’m finding is that as women, we sure do beat ourselves up a lot, don’t we? We talked a little bit about that at a women’s ministry planning retreat I sat in on at my church on Saturday – there was a whole list on an easel that showed the anxieties and insecurities and frustrations we experience on a daily basis if not sometimes all at once!
This was definitely a problem for me when I was going through my experiment, and I always chuckle (and cringe) a little when I read reviews from women and they mention it. Because they’re right – during that year, I questioned and second-guessed myself all over the place. The experiment could have been a whole lot happier I think if I had been able to approach it from a more positive frame of mind.
Psalm 86:15 says, “But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.” If I want to emulate and follow God’s example, who I know from His Word is slow to anger, and rich in faithful love and truth, why am I not compassionate with myself? Why am I so quick to get angry with myself (and then in the process, often angry with others around me, namely my family?) Why do I give up so quickly with myself, and yet so often give others second and third chances?
So.. this week, I want our challenge to focus on what we’re doing right. It is REALLY easy to find everything we’re struggling with. But God has already blessed us with some great skills and talents and qualities as wives and moms, too! Your challenge this week is to focus on three qualities or talents you have as a wife or mom and come back here and share it with the rest of us. No, you’re not bragging. No, you’re not being “proud”. You are in a tangible way, saying out loud to yourself, what God has equipped you with. Because sometimes we need to say it out loud. So we’ll remember. (And if you have trouble coming up with three yourself – don’t be shy, ask your husband, your kids, and if they’re no help, your friends!)
Then I want you to intentionally look for those qualities and talents as you go through your week. How do you use them now? How could you maybe use them in other areas too? Like, you may be super organized when it comes to your schedule but you still struggle with getting the laundry done. It may be more of a change in heart that’s needed than a change in time or better organizational skills. See what I mean?
So, share your three best qualities, and let’s focus on those this week. It’s going to be a great week, don’t you think?!