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7 Words That Could Change Your Day

The words stayed with me long after my vacation in Maine

long after I’m miles and miles from the store

long after the long summer days have ended.

“It’s Going to be a Wonderful day.”

Yes, that’s how she greeted us each morning when I pay for

 my hot vanilla coffee

 and blueberry muffin.

Big smile on her face

and those words.

“It’s going to be a wonderful day.”

I always received them like a blessing on my day.

Of course it would be wonderful.

Why I was on vacation and the sun was shining

and well it couldn’t possibly be anything less.

But what about today?

My coffee is poured on this early Friday morn

 and I’ve had my morning Quiet time

and then those words come to mind

It’s going to be a wonderful day.

I could feel myself smiling,

But then…

what about all the pain

the suffering

the known huge struggles all around?

Those still exist .No denying that.

But in the midst of it all

to declare that it will be a wonderful day is more about a

personal  statement than about  the conditions all around us.

No, it’s an inner preparation –

a mental mindset-

to declare right at the beginning

it WILL be a wonderful day.

Reminds me of ‘This is the Day that the Lord has made

and I will rejoice and be glad in it.’

Today.

A gift.

A declaration.

A truth.

No matter what

It’s going to be a wonderful day.

Suddenly I feel  energetic, and strong and upbeat.

It gives a  clearer perspective of hope

that prepares  me for whatever lies ahead.

Yes, I might not have the ocean but I have this gift. These 7 simple words.

At the beginning of the day

to declare

that it will be a wonderful day.

Guess I have a new way to start my day.

Instead of waiting to see

I’m calling it. And encouraging you.

If every day you began it by saying to yourself

‘It’s going to be a wonderful  day’

wouldn’t that help? A lot.

You might just find it helpful too.

Try it with me.

And please take the time to share with me your experience.

 

 

The Promise

As I scroll down my social media feed and check my email I’m overwhelmed by offers to join this and sign up for that. Good things. Yes classes, conferences, trainings that I might enjoy and benefit from. But I wonder….

Pushing away from my laptop I reach for my Bible, my trusted Companion, for many years now and begin to read.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go. I will guide you with my eyes.. Psalm 32: 8

I stopped and read it again.

Clearly God has promised to show me the way I should go and how I should live.

But day after day I am faced with more ideas than my little brain can hold.

Confusion sets in.

Paralysis grows.

Sometimes I simply choose nothing

or other times I choose what seems to make the most sense at the time.

But He has promised to teach me.

Those words echo in my head as I go about my day.

Teach me. Teach me. Teach me.

How I long just to be shown what to do and which way to go.

What to sign up for and what to ignore.

God has promised.

It seems that the distractions of this world and the constant changing confusion

make it so difficult to make Godly decisions.

But that’s what I want.

I hunger to follow Him and to be guided in His Way.

I know that I do

but again and again the fast paced, social media driven world places more options out there than I can filter.

What do I do?

Where do I turn?

Pushing away from the distraction and looking up to the One Who guides me with His eye

I quietly commit to prayerfully saying no to instant decisions and compelling options.

To slow down the process.

 I determine to prayerfully follow the leading of the One Who knows just what I need and where He wants me to be.

It will be an ongoing decision that I might easily waver from

but this time I write out the verse on a slip of paper and hang it on the wall by my computer.

More of Him, less of me.

 More of His instruction, less of my distractions.

I feel more free already.

Yes, it’s going to be a good day.

 

 

When Failure Leads To Success

Our family loves dogs and over the years we have had a few

 but one will always be extra special in my heart.

Savanna  was a beautiful, black labrador- trained to be a show dog,

but her sensitive personality made it difficult for her to perform before crowds.

That failure led to our adopting her as our family pet and

 oh what a precious dog she was for many years.

Her place was usually at my feet whether I was upstairs or downstairs. Right at my feet.

She played with my daughters and they dressed her with doll clothes and

 gave her a part in every activity.

Savanna rode with us in the car and loved the wind blowing on her face

when she put her head out the window.

She lived to the ripe old age of 15 and it was with great sadness that she was laid to rest

 but the lessons I learned from her live on in my heart today.

Fancy tricks are wonderful for a show dog but loving your family is a higher calling.

She truly loved each member of our family in a special way.

Her sensitivity became a marvelous strength in her role as a family dog.

She taught me the importance of being with me.

While many spend their lives doing, doing, and doing more, Savannah gently pressed her wet nose against my leg, curled up contentedly and enjoyed being in my presence.

Lord, help me to learn the value of spending time in your Presence contented to be with you.

Teach me the value of loving one person at a time rather than hungering for the applause of the crowd.

Let me see that what might appear as weakness to some is the greatest strength in the right place.

Help me to be patient with myself and give myself grace.

Yes, so many lessons she taught me and in my heart she lives on.

Thank you, Savanna. You will always be precious to me.