"Let your God attend to you where you have the Spiritual fortitude to be joyful of demeanor so your children will rise up and call you happy." Beth Moore
This morning my friend Emmy brought me a wonderful treat, her copy of Beth Moore's Wising Up: Wisdom for Moms DVD. God impressed upon my heart that my stress level needed extended quiet time this morning while the kiddos were at preschool. I scrapped my To Do list and put in the 90 minute DVD and listened. What a luxury. What a treat. What a difference I pray it will make in my attitude as I pick up my little people today.
The takeaway point that challenged me most was Beth's comments on Proverbs 31:28: "Her children arise and call her blessed." Beth proposed that the original Hebrew text actually indicates the woman's children call her happy. Ouch. I thought about how frequently my children are able to sense various emotions from me: tired, frustrated, busy, serious, distracted, overwhelmed, mildly amused. How often can they sense pure happiness? That is a tough one.
Children can sniff out a fake. Happiness cannot be feigned. I must strive to not just behave as if I am happy, but to BE happy.
Lord, fill me with a joy that spills over onto my children. Help me to truly delight in them in a way that is authentic and meaningful. Help me love them well and with a happy heart. Help me instill in them a confidence that they are individually, uniquely, deeply loved and a blessing to me and our family.