Mothering

Inspiration on parenting

Smoothies With The Kitchen Coach

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I am so tickled to link you up with a Jenny the Kitchen Coach video today. I love her and her ideas and food are always amazing!

And me, I’m propped up looking into the face of our newest little grandchild who is sleeping next to me. I am in awe again at the sanctity of life and the wisdom, creation and progress made possible within the family unit. All I can say is praise be to God for the opportunity to be in this flesh, learning at an accelerated pace by what we are experiencing here together. Life is precious.

I wish you a bright and happy Monday!

Love,

Jacque

 

Coming Soon!

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Coming soon to Lioness is a stunning bouquet of declarations set to music and illustrated with inspiring pictures! The intent is to fill your mind with words of truth about who you are with music that will bring those words to life and make them mentally “sticky” along with colorful visions about your creative journey and a reminder of the beauty of each day. I will challenge you to watch or listen to the video daily and let the messages lift your spirits and train your brain.

Can’t wait to share it with you!

Meanwhile, how is this week going for you thus far?

May I challenge you to set a timer on your phone at several intervals throughout the next few days to remind yourself to take a few deep breaths? To lower your shoulders and relax your jaw? In those few moments, also consider running a few hand-picked declarations through your mind that will keep you on track with your current goals. They might be as simple as,
“I am smiling at my children,” or
“I am moving forward” or
“I am calm and happy.”

By deliberately using your agent-hood, you will diminish the temptation to feel like a martyr taking up the slack or like a victim to the circumstances of your life.

Your words are your power.

Love always,

Jacque

Make Friends With Small Bites and Baby Steps

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Life is a process.

There’s no such thing as leap-frogging over daily needs…at least not without unhealthy consequences.

We must eat. We must sleep. We grow. We need new clothes. We get tired. We need change.

Sometimes we think we can take life by storm and forego the necessities. We get ahead of ourselves, run too fast and burn out.

Sooner or later, we will do well to learn that our progress will most often come in small bites and baby steps.

That most days will feel “ordinary” and that the meaningful milestones come after long, persistent, dedicated effort.

And it’s the same for everyone.

You’re doing great. Keep on moving and hoping and working and praying.

And see if you can cheer for each small bite and baby step you and others take!

Love,

Jacque

 

Hospitality

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Derives from the Latin hospes, meaning “host”, “guest”, or “stranger”. …

hos·pi·tal·i·ty; noun the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors,or strangers.
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ynonyms: friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generous.

What awesome words–friendly, generous and warm! What about a little hospitality at home?

Where people feel comfortable and cared-for?

Seems like the little things count so much in creating that kind of welcoming atmosphere.

Food, always food!

Cleanliness.

A small note of appreciation.

A snack waiting.

This kind of graciousness is something that children can and want to join in because the are already kind and thoughtful!

Consider ways you would treat a guest, then do those things for yourself and those you love best…

You’re amazing! I pray for you and send you my love and best wishes for a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Jacque

Loving Life Now!

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Do you live where lilacs grow?

These beauties came from my yard and my dad’s yard.

They only last for a short time and they are beautiful and smell heavenly!

Like these flowers and so many important things in life, the beautiful moments must be seized before they are gone! Seasons come and go before you know it’s happening.

Little boy voices grow into deep men’s voices. Little hands become big and far away. Opportunities to read stories and sit in sandboxes and look at rocks and take naps disappear before your eyes.

It really doesn’t matter much if you’re in the middle of a mess. Or if the garage hasn’t gotten straightened up yet. Or if you have work that seems to never end. Or if the kids aren’t in great harmony with each other all of the time. It’s ok. Life is still beautiful now. But you have to shift your focus to see it. {How I wish I could have written these words to my 30 year old self!}

Today, I challenge you to hear and see and smell and feel and rejoice in your world and in your family! Just as they are today.

Tomorrow comes too soon.

Sniff. Sniff. {My children know that means real tears!}

You’re doing great!

Love,

Jacque