Evaluate Your Life Day
TODAY is EVALUATE YOUR LIFE DAY!
Brene Brown has said, "Great mothers know that they are worthy of love and belonging, and as a result they raise children who know they are worthy of the same things (Rising Strong, p. 113)."
Motherhood brings up all sorts of emotions that sometimes are hard to deal with. We have the pressure on our shoulders of not only ourselves being emotionally stable but also tend to carry the emotions of our children on our backs as well. Right or wrong, good or bad, this is a reality in the life of a mother.
When we are emotionally exhausted it is that much harder to carry their weights. What do you do to strengthen your emotional bucket? I, personally, do yoga, read, take a nap or write (writing is amazingly therapeutic!). So, do something to recharge your battery and tell yourself you are worthy! You are strong, raising strong kids!
This one's a little easier to examine. We know how healthy we are or are not in the physical department. We know we don't exercise enough and that we eat too much junk food. Rather than feeling shamed by this, make a change. I'm going to commit to drinking more water. :-)
Women need women. Dr. Leonard Sax writes about this in a couple of his books. He tells us that the quilting bees were an integral part in a woman's life in colonial times. He says we've gotten away from the "back fence" neighbor feel, borrowing baking ingredients and advice across the fence. That footpath between houses is no longer as prevalent in this day and age. When's the last time you borrowed sugar from a neighbor? Or had lunch with a friend? It's too easy to be too busy for friends, but friendship will keep you strong as a mom. I am eternally grateful for the friendships that have developed in my life and excited to gain more as time goes on. ;-)
The scriptures give us great guidelines for this category through the words of Alma. We know these questions well:
And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body? I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you? Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God? I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances? - - Alma 5:14-19 - -During our most recent General Conference, Elder Larry R. Lawrence invited us to ask the quesiton, "What lack I yet?" What am I doing to increase my relationship with God? What am I doing to keep myself progressing toward Him? Tough but important questions when it comes to evaluating ourselves!
Some Final Thoughts
Our bodies are gifts from God, yet complex in their make up. Each of these components - - emotional, physical, social, and spiritual - - rely on and affect the others. To be imbalanced in one is to be imbalanced in all. Yet, sometimes when we are socially strong, that can compensate for when we are emotionally weak. Let us take a moment "examine [ourselves]" and see where we are in all areas of our lives, make changes, and watch for results!
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"With His love and the love of His Son in my heart, I challenge each of us to
follow our spiritual desires and come to ourselves. Let’s have a talk with
ourselves in the mirror and ask, “Where do I stand on living my covenants?”
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