Chin Up Devotional: Day 1
Day 1: The Amazing Grace Inside Our Children.
Inhale with me.
I hope it's quiet for you this morning. I hope you have peace around you for just a minute. I hope you can clear your mind.
Today we inhale the new year and we exhale the last.
Let's exhale old, negative thoughts. Old bad habits. Old poor thinking and speaking. And let's inhale gratitude, joy, and love in our bodies and in our homes. Let's inhale an attitude of building up and benefitting our children with beautiful words. Amazingly, this will build us up too.
As we do this, we need a reality check. Because we are all born into a broken world, we are all born broken. We have a sinful nature pulsing through our veins since Adam and Eve took that fateful bite. But God, by His unending grace, gives us gifts and blessings despite it all.
But so often my head is down and I forget about His grace.
I forget to keep my eyes open. I forget to shift to see the gifts. I forget to get my chin up to see what God has done and is doing under my very own roof. He is at work in my home and in my children and there is beauty in each of us to celebrate. We can name the grace and build it up.
I want to be ready to catch my children being awesome and to absolutely delight in them. I'm guessing you do, too. I am willing to bet you are tired of being grumpy and want to be graceful. (Or is it just me that’s grown grumpy on winter break?) Let’s start our year with our chin up, looking at the King and all His goodness. Let's choose grace instead of grump. Let's get after it.
- List three qualities or gifts each of your children have that you love.
- Take a few minutes, in quiet, to thank God for those qualities. Smile as you do this.
- Throughout your day today keep your heart and your eyes open for all those qualities (especially if they are still on winter break!). Hunt them down if you have to. Our children are incredibly gifted and each have unique qualities God has given them.
- Before the day is done, commit to telling your children you love those three qualities about them. Smile as you do this. Build them up and benefit them with your words.
Take stock at the end of today about your perspective. See if you exhaled grumpy mom, and inhaled grace and beauty. What did this do for your soul?
God, help me to reject grumpiness and to embrace grace. Help me to see my children and how amazing, beautiful, interesting, creative, fun, gifted, and hilarious they are. Shepherd me in finding the gifts my children have, even at a young age. Help me to laugh with them and to be light and to let go of controlling them in any unhealthy ways. Help me to enjoy them and let them be funny children with fantastic ideas. Thank you that you see us this way, God. You are a good good Father who delights in us.