Mary Joy of Snapshots from my Heart & Home has begun a six-week series to inspire women to become "intentional encouragers". I'm a little late in starting, but I'm going to take the challenge this week.
Being encouraging does not come naturally for me. I tend to have a "glass half empty" outlook, and have perfectionistic leanings that make me hard on myself. In the daily grind of home life, I have gotten into a rut, a habit, of focusing on the negative instead of looking for the positive.
My focus this week is going to be my children. It is so much easier for me to see and point out the what they've done wrong instead of what they did right. Perhaps he emptied the trash, but didn't put in a new trash bag; I see the chore as unfinished. Maybe she did a nice job making her bed, but there are dirty clothes all over the floor; while I might praise her bed-making, I'm sure to let her know I'm exasperated about the clothes.
This week I'm going to ask God to help me purposefully be on the lookout for reasons to praise and encourage my children. I need to be like those Tour de France fans, clapping and yelling on the sidelines, or even giving a push occasionally (Craig's been watching the Tour all month).
Won't you consider joining the challenge at least one of these weeks? Please visit Mary Joy. You will certainly come away encouraged yourself, and hopefully you'll want to pass it on.