Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dr. Meg Meeker on Fear & Motherhood

Challenge Week 9

Challenge Week 9
Watch this video:
Come clean with your biggest fears. Bringing them into the open and facing them head on is the only way that we can desensitize the power that they hold over us.
Commit yourself to finding the root of your anxiety.  If you can’t do it yourself, get professional help through counseling or therapy. You’ll be glad you did.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dr. Meg Meeker has a blog!

This is the best find! I don't know if you are familiar with Dr. Meg Meeker but she is a pediatrician and mother who has written books such as "Strong Fathers Strong Daughters" and many more wonderful books on raising kids.  I was so excited to find that she has a blog!  Here is her lastest "challenge" for mothers.....

Challenge Week 8 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed these days.
That cell phone that you keep tethered to your side either rings constantly or it regularly bleats, alerting you to new text messages.  Mail in all it’s forms (email, snail mail and voicemail) demands to be answered immediately.  Then there’s trying to entertain your children while you simultaneously prepare their dinner and run three loads of laundry.  Meanwhile, the dog is poking you, reminding you he needs to go out for a  walk while the television blares loudly in the background.
It’s emotional and psychological chaos and it must stop.
Scrutinize your calendar and checkbook.  See how you are living and evaluate whether what you are spending time and money on is really consistent with your priorities and goals.  Make a list of your top 3 priorities as a mother and get out your family calendar and cross off what is standing in the way of you accomplishing these.
Simplicity is the disciplined art of letting go. It means willingly determining that your inner self needs some focus, some paring down and reorganization of priorities. So. Do. It.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Finding Peace in this Unraveled Society

"Peace I leave you, my peace I give you."- Jesus

Hope this finds you all doing well.  I am so excited for is such a happy time when the tempature starts to rise and the trees begin to bud.  I can't help but think a new springtime is around the corner for our country.  Everywhere I turn, people are struggling in some area of their life.  As I pulled into the bakery the other day with tears rolling down my eyes because of some struggles we have been having in our business, I looked up at a large American Flag waving in the air. The stripes were beginning to come unraveled and I thought to my self that that was exactly what is happening in our Nation.  Our Nation is becoming unraveled.  Everything that our country was founded on is slowly passing away.  And I am a firm believer that the unraveling of this great nation began in the home.  "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."  As mothers, we can help change the society by the way we live our life and raise our families.  We have to stand up for what is right and not back down to what society calls "the norm".  I know we are all busy wives and mothers but we have to stay in tune to what is going on all around us.  We CAN NOT become complacent and okay with how things are going.  We have to LIVE what we believe.....LIVE OUR FAITH.  At times when I feel like I am starting to unravel, I am so thankful I have my faith to cling to.  Sometimes that is all our family has is our faith and nothing else to offer.  I am comforted to know at any moment of my life when I meet hard times or hard aches, I have my faith.

We can not be peace for others until we become at peace within ourselves.  If we are not at peace internally, we become blinded.  We become numb to what is really going on around us.  Finding peace within ourselves in the walls of our home will help lead us to discern what is right and wrong that is going on outside the walls of our home as we try to raise children in this world. My favorite saying from Mother Teresa is "Charity begins in the home."  We do not need to busy ourselves serving outside the home until we are at peace within ourselves and our family is taken care of to the best of our abilities.  Once we find peace and run a tranquil home, then our service in the community will be the best we have to offer.  So many (and I have been guilty of this) run and run and run around serving here and serving there and having a schedule packed full of activities which leaves our family and home in the dust.  I have never been so happy and at peace by concentrating on the five souls entrusted to husband first and then our four children.  I am not able at this moment in my life to concentrate on anything else.  I want to be my husband's oasis and I want (mind you I said want...not always the case) to be Jesus' extended hands to my children.  I am so happy to say that nothing else matters in my life at the moment than those two things and ofcourse keeping an orderly home.  Anything after this is a bonus. I had the most amazing revelation the other day in my kitchen.....that when I wake up in the morning I have one thing I have to do....and that is be peace and love for my family.  Everything and everybody can wait if that is all I can handle that very day.  This mindset has really put things into perspective on what is important and what can wait or is unimportant.  On the path to finding is my daily prayer for God to help me have peace in my heart but it also is a process.  For me it took "detoxing" from technology and other things/people that stood in my way to finding peace.  I have slowly come back around to technology....we got a TV back in our living room (ugh) and I am back to having email, etc. but I now try to have a balance and do not let it consume my life.  So I encourage you to start today on the mission to find peace.  I believe once the home becomes more peaceful our nation will be more at peace....and this starts one home at a time.

Anyway, with all that said, I want to urge all of you to start praying hard for our (hopefully) next leader for our nation.  I am voting for Rick Santorum.  I think his strong values on the family and faith among many other things is exactly who we need to turn this country around.  I attached a few utube videos that you can watch.  Somebody the other day was talking about a priest's homily on how we should be praying for the conversion of the individual who will turn the country around.  I thought that was powerful.  The time is now or never.  We are in a time like no other and as mothers, it is time to stand up for what we believe, for what is right and for most of all our faith.

Blessings to you all this lenton season.