This year, Fridays are normally dedicated to the idea of "beauty," but since the U.S. is inaugurating a new President today, I thought I'd share a beautiful prayer from 1947, when Dr. Peter Marshall, the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate prayed it. The words still resonate today.
We pray, Lord Jesus, for our President.
We are deeply concerned that he may know the will of God, and that he may have the spiritual courage and grace to follow it.
Deliver him, we pray, from all selfish considerations.
Lift him above the claims of politics.
Fill him with the Spirit of God that shall make him fearless to seek, to know, to do the right.
Save him from the friends who, in the name of politics or even friendship, would persuade him from that holy path.
Strengthen and empower his advisers.
Bring them, too, to their knees in prayer.
May their example and their influence spread, that we, in these United States,
may yet have a government of men who know Thee, the Almighty God, as their Friend,
and who place Thy will first in their lives as well as in their prayers.
Hear and answer, we pray Thee,
forgiving us all our unworthiness;
cleansing us from every ignoble thought and unworthy ambition
that we may be renewed in spirit and mind and heart, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
from: The Prayers of Peter Marshall, by Catherine Marshall
No matter what season of life you're in, having a Daily Routine can save your ever-lovin' sanity.
I say this as one who has moved from the seasons of babies & toddlers of my own – to GRAND babies and toddlers of my own...and still managed to maintain my messy tendencies.
I have proven that the theory of "when the kids grow up and move away I'll be SO much neater" has a lot of holes in it. Why, it's practically "wishful thinking!"
The other day, I was completely annoyed by the careless way five pairs of shoes were randomly left around the house...until I realized they were ALL MINE. (Then of course, I excused myself because I knew how busy I'd been. I couldn't be expected to put my shoes away considering the duress I'd been under, could I?)
Turns out, putting the shoes away took me all of 1.5 minutes, and the task reminded me how helpful Daily Routines are, especially for Messy Perfectionists like me.
I've always called Daily Routines "Minimum Maintenance," and each year I've blogged about how doing a daily minimum amount of work is not only a game-changer, but a sanity saver.
Recently, I read about a study that shows links between clutter and depression, and it makes total sense to me that when we are drowning in too much stuff, too much mess, and too much busyness, we can't live freely and generously...like we wish we could.
Basically, clutter makes us feel drained.
And it's hard to be creative and optimistic when you're just pooped out all the time.
Many people think their clutter situation is just too big to be impacted in any significant way by a Daily Routine.
They know their homes need a major overhaul, so what good will "washing dishes and picking up" be when everything else is in such disarray?
And so, they wait for the perfect moment to present itself (in the form of a work-and-obligation-free month) for the "real work" to take place, and of course that never happens.
Take it from one who knows.
You can read more about my Minimum Maintenance and Housekeeping Tips here - trust me they are POWERFUL, but for today I'll just hit the highlights of the things I have learned that make true sanctuary start happening.
My Daily Routines
Morning Self Care: Shower, get dressed (including shoes), put makeup on. Nothing says "I'm uninspired" like staying in PJ's until noon. Obviously, if you are heading out the door to work, pajamas are not an option. Most likely. I like to have personal prayer and devotion time before the day begins, but I'll be honest, sometimes evening just works better for that. (For me).
Sinks, counters and stove: Staying on top of dishes is almost a full-time job, but the best things I do is at least get them all done (and kitchen cleaned) each night. Waking up to an empty, clean sink is a delight. And it also makes you feel like you're not starting the day in a huge deficit.
I always make coffee the night before and set the timer so I wake to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. And a clean kitchen.
Bathroom sinks and counters...I'm personally less intentional each day about those, but I feel like a million bucks when I take the time to straighten and wipe down.
Daily quick tidying: five minutes per room. Have you ever timed yourself for five minutes? You can get an INCREDIBLE amount of tidying done in short order. The timer is your best friend. It's great for motivating kids to help as well!
Make beds. Notice how magazines always show bedrooms with beautifully made beds? That's because unmade beds are gross. Also, having your bed made is an instant mood booster, and you're way less likely to fall back into it.
I do a quick pick up of the living room before I go to bed.
Be "Company Ready." Ask yourself, "what would a visitor see if they (oh, horror of horrors) dropped by unannounced?" Pick up the entry area, living room and guest bathroom so that those places look presentable, and thus save you from utter humiliation.
A by-product is that when YOU walk in the door, you feel welcomed and impressed. It feels like sanctuary in here, you think.
These Daily Routines are not meant to be a deep, organizational cleaning system.
They are simply designed to create a "clean enough" environment for each day. You'll be amazed what "clean enough" can do for ya.
I find that when things are tidy, I can think straight. Er, straighter. I am more creative, motivated and productive.
And strangely enough, I feel spiritually more connected to the Lord. It seems I just can't settle my mind and heart to hear Him when the place is a mess.
Go figure. I guess "Home Sanctuary" affects more than just my mood. It affects my spiritual life as well.
We'll talk more about that later.
But first, an embarrassing story.
When Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, we were super excited to see it. We had loved Toy Story 1 and 2 – they'd been family favorites and the source of perfect quotes ("That's not flying, it's FALLING....with style!") for years.
But what made Toy Story 3 so anticipated was the fact that it had 3D animation.
Every review we read regaled us with how this incredible new technology made the colors more vivid, the action so real, and the animation unbelievable! On and on went the accolades, so that the entire country was abuzz over it.
We couldn't wait! When it finally arrived at our theater, we bought our tickets, received our packages containing special 3D glasses, and sat down in the best seats, ready for this transcendent experience we'd heard so much about.
I put my glasses on, and then good golly, oh for crying out loud. I immediately needed to make a last minute run to the ladies' room. I put the glasses in my purse and made a beeline so I wouldn't miss anything.
I made it back to my seat just as the movie was beginning, so I pulled my glasses out and sat back to enjoy the new wonder of THREE DEE.
Instantly, I knew we'd been had.
This whole 3D hype was a sham!
Not only was the animation NOT better, it was worse! The colors were muddy. The picture was blurry. The animation was dim.
It was terrible. Ridiculous! A huge disappointment!
And the worst part was that everyone in the theater was pretending to enjoy it!
Well, I was upset. I felt like the little boy in The Emperor's New Clothes, the only one in the crowd with the courage to see right through this hoax. I was about to stand up and shout the naked truth to the capacity crowd, when my husband glanced at me...and then did a double-take.
"Rachel, why are you wearing your sunglasses?" he whispered. He had that one-eyebrow-up look I've come to know so well.
I slowly removed them and took a look.
Ignoring Tom's snicker, I rummaged around in my purse for the correct pair and put them on.
Oh. my. word.
AMAZING! Such vivid colors! Such incredible animation! The picture just sparkled!
It was magical! I was mesmerized.
Here's the thing: It was the same movie...I just had different lenses on.
You see, the right lenses made all the difference.
This weekend, I spoke to a wonderful group of people in Arkansas, who had read Flash as part of their state-wide book club, and asked me to come and share personally with them "beyond the book." It was so much fun to hear their stories, and learn how my four-legged "interruption" had impacted them through the lessons I wrote about in the pages.
I was reminded that no matter what our stories are, it seems that life's interruptions are unavoidable.
Problem is, not all of them are cute, fuzzy ones with long ears.
Some of them are just plain hard. They can make you feel afraid, anxious and overwhelmed.
Things like a divorce, a job loss, a relocation, loss of a loved one...things that just knock the stuffing right out of you.
Even the "good" interruptions like new babies, kids growing up and moving away, job promotions, new marriages...well, they can make you feel off-kilter and anxious as well.
But even though we may not be able to change our circumstances, we CAN change the lenses we view them with.
Viewing our interruptions through the right lenses transforms how we respond to them.
And our responses have the power to change the world around us, because transformed people transform the world.
If you are facing an unexpected or uninvited interruption today, let me suggest three lenses that will make all the difference in how you view it.
The first is the lens of Faith.
This is not a "just believe harder" kind of exercise, but more of a "rest in God's presence" point of view.
This lens doesn't deny that what you're experiencing may be hard. It is hard. It may be very hard. But it also acknowledges that God is present with you in it.
He is with you.
He will never leave you.
He will never abandon you.
He is at work in the reality you can't see...behind the reality you CAN see. Think of a microscope, and how it sees beyond the surface to the amazing world going on beyond what our natural eyes are able to see.
The lens of faith is the lens of trust. Today, choose to trust Him with your circumstance...even if you don't understand the "why" or "how" of it.
He is Emmanuel, God with us. And He is with you.
You can trust Him. Jesus says, "I am with you always, even to the end of the world." John 28:10
The second is the lens of Hope.
This is the lens that looks past the present and toward the future. It takes the long view, like binoculars would.
It sees a harbor, waaaay off in the distance....and tells you to keep on rowing.
This is the Romans 8:28 perspective that all things really WILL work together...some day, somehow, some way. And it will be good.
God will make all things right.
He is redeeming all things.
Restoring all things.
Wherever you are right now, remember that THIS IS NOT THE FINAL CHAPTER.
This is not the end.
The good stuff is yet to come.
Keep on going.
The third is the lens of Love.
This is the lens that, like a prism, takes and bends the light of God's love toward you, and sends it out in all directions, in a rainbow of magnificent colors.
This lens changes our words from "IF God really loved me," (this thing wouldn't have happened) to "BECAUSE God loves me..."
Because God loves me, I have strength for today.
Because God loves me, I am surrounded by people who care about me.
Because God loves me, this difficulty has not destroyed me.
Because God loves me, I'm still standing.
Because God loves me, I can freely love others.
God IS love, says 1 John 4:8. Just THINK about that for a minute! God is love.
Wherever you are, whatever you are facing...you are loved. You are being held by His loving arms.
He will not let you fall.
We are told in 1 Corinthians 13 that when all the gifts pass away, there will always remain faith, hope, and love.
Yet how seldom we think about their significance and power!
Faith: God is present, here and now.
Hope: God is taking care of our future.
Love: Because He loves you, you are free–FREE–to let that love bend, reflect and refract out in all directions.
Choosing new lenses with which to look at our interruptions allows us to see the "God moments" that we wouldn't otherwise see.
And something else happens, too.
All that fear, anxiety and overwhelm?
They seem to fade into oblivion, just like when you take off your sunglasses in a 3D movie....and put the right glasses on.
All the beauty, the vividness, the brilliance, and the incredible pictures of God's love come to life, before our very eyes.
Same circumstance, new lenses.
But what a difference they make.
On Fridays this year, we are going to talk about how to bring beauty into your home sanctuary - by making it look pretty, sound peaceful, feel soothing, smell wonderful, and be filled with good tasting food.
That should give us plenty to discuss, huh?
Today, I want to show you how to showcase meaningful items that you already have, by creating a centerpiece or focal point with them.
After I took the Christmas stuff down, I was ready for a clean, minimal look. Do you feel that way too, after all the garland comes down? I love it while it's all up, but man! I'm so ready for a fresh look!
My favorite way to redecorate is by "shopping the house." It's free, and it's fun.
It's also free!
I do this by wandering from room to room, usually with a handful of chocolate chips in hand (helps me think), and I look for items that are raising their little arms and yelling, "Pick ME! Pick ME!"
"You poor little set of books," I murmur. "You've been jammed in the corner of this bookshelf for far too long!"
I take them out and dust them off. They belonged to my grandpa, who was a Lutheran minister for forty years. They make me think of him, and make me remember him praying the Lord's Prayer at the dinner table.
I pause to enjoy the memory. How I loved him!
Now, for something to set on top of the stack. Waaaay up in a cabinet, behind the candles, sits my grandpa's old movie camera.
Perfect! A perfect pairing.
Wait. I'm going to need a small tablecloth to anchor everything. To the linen closet I go.
A vintage embroidered "topper" is just the right size for my large brown coffee table. It breaks up ALL THE BROWN in my living room, and sets off my display. So glad I bought 15 vintage toppers for my daughter's wedding five years ago! Plenty to choose from.
I like where this is going.
Something tall. Think, think.
This blue-green garage sale vase still has some Christmas greenery in it (I missed it when I boxed everything up). But berries are "wintery," not just "Christmasy," right?
Maybe if I add......
...a bird's nest? YES.
I found the bird's nest this fall, and love the creativity that went into making it! Twigs, grass, leaves...here's even a bit of dried snakeskin around the outside! Gosh, it makes me smile.
Now, a display looks best in groupings of three's...maybe fives. Don't even think about junking it up with seven.
My soul is longing for "less" so I opt for three.
This "R" was a Christmas present. I had placed it charmingly on my bedroom dresser and was happy with it there, but hey, when you're shopping the house you just grab stuff. Sorry dresser. Most of the time, I gather more than I need, and then just try out different groupings.
Want to do some redecorating/arranging of your own, WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME?
Here are a few takeaway tips:
Try anchoring your collection with a cloth or tray. It will make it feel cohesive and give it more "weight."
Look for things of differing heights and textures.
Go for groups of 3 or 5 if possible, but don't get all legalistic about it.
If something is too small, place it on a stack of books, chunk of wood or whatever else you got.
Look for similar colors to tie your collection together, but don't get too matchy-matchy. (I like the way the red books look!)
Look for the items that are waving their little arms and yelling "Pick ME!" Give them their day in the sun.
Edit. Rearrange. Look from lots of angles.
Don't feel like you have to put EVERY MEMENTO on display at once. Fewer IS better. (If some items complain about not being chosen, just tell them, "Next time, little one.") (They'll be fine.)
Now - GET GOING! Go add some beauty to your home by shopping the house!
And feel free to post pics to our Facebook page! We'd all love to see!
Let us know: what item(s) will you enjoy displaying?
Sanctuary is all about peace, order and beauty. Today, we're going to jump right in to Order.
Because it's best to not think about it too long. Just jump in. Come on!
Confession: I can't say the word "organized" without channeling Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit's "A Close Shave."
As in, "Get yourselves OH-ganized down there!"
That scene cracks me up EVERY TIME!
First of all, I know the pain of clutter and how it just wears. you. down. I know how difficult it is to pretend you have it all together when it took an hour to find matching shoes. I know how hard it is to function when you feel like a total failure.
I know what it feels like to struggle to get motivated to clean up.
And this is not just for moms with little kids at home. I can tell you as an empty-nester, that old habits, like precious memories- oh, how they linger.
I think there's a song about that.
ANYWAY. This is why I don't like to read blogs about organizing. It's because they are generally written by people who NATURALLY love to organize. They go to bed dreaming of how they will put cat food into a stackable container and label it....to go with all their other matching containers.
I just shake my head. smh
But I have learned that it's possible for messy people to be organized enough to function.
And that there is a level of clean that's "clean enough."
And it's possible to be clean and organized enough that your home really does feel like a sanctuary.
And living in a sanctuary feels very, very good.
So, let's begin. Here's the good news: If you struggle to stay organized at home, part of the problem isn't so much with YOU.
It's with your tools.
You've GOT to have the right tools, or it will always feel too hard to do anything.
For example, sometimes I think about how many times I've struggled with a standard screwdriver when the task called for a Phillips....or I've tried to to pound a nail with a shoe...things that should be simple and quick tasks become frustrating because I can't put my hands on the right tools when I need them.
The same is true for homekeeping.
I find that if I have the things I need IN STOCK - and HANDY - I can accomplish little tasks effortlessly, without the frustration and inevitable procrastination that comes when I can't find the tools.
As we start planning for an organized, easy-to-maintain sanctuary this year, the first place to start is with the right tools.....housekeeping supplies, if you will.
When I can reach under a bathroom sink and can pull out a pop-up wipe, I am waaaaaaay more likely to keep the bathroom tidy than when I have to search for a paper towel somewhere in the house, then locate the spray cleaner and then return to......wait.
Where was I?? What was it that needed cleaning? Hold on, what's Kelly Rippa talking about now? Oh, that's so funny. Let me sit here for a second and see what's happening on TV.
I'm not kidding, this is how I work.
That is unless I have tools, right then and there, that help me focus on the task at hand.
But only if you do them.
Just thinking, "that's a good idea, I should do that sometime" doesn't work miracles.
Actually doing them does.
Today's Small Thing is to take stock of your cleaning supplies.
Make a list of the things you need, and have them ready to go...by next Wednesday.
Oh, Rachel, you're too easy on us.
I suggest keeping your supplies where you actually use them: under sinks (child-proofed, of course) or at the very least on each floor of the house or each end of the house. The best part of a cleaning strategy is simply to have your tools HANDY!
Get these at a discount store to put in a caddy per bathroom (or floor level). I splurged on some cute baskets from Walmart recently and love how they make me excited to put cleaning products in them. I opened my under-sink cabinets about 50 times to admire them.
Yes, I'm that dorky.
"Small Things" Supplies
Wisk broom/dust pan
Optional: Pop-up wipes (love these)
General cleaning supplies to have:
Tools: brooms, mop, vacuum
Swiffers - oh so nice!
Starting fresh with the tools you need will give you power to spend time on the things you really WANT to do, instead of feeling victimized by all the housework.
Sanctuary is not just about cleaning, but it's about caring for your home and the people who live in it.
It's part of showing love AND helping your family members belong to the process of homemaking.
Today, take stock of what you have and start getting everything together. Be ready to make 2017 the year of "sacred spaces" by working smarter and more efficiently.
Give yourself permission to create a wonderful home sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones.
Tell me: what is your favorite cleaning product? Do you use "brand name" products, or generic ones?
All weekend long I thought about this post. I wanted to find a really special prayer or scripture or quote to share that would inspire us to start our year off "just right", so I looked all over the place for one. Prayer books, the Bible, online searches...but everything I found felt too stilted or contrived for my taste. I complained to my husband about my dilemma.
Tom, in his gentle but direct way, said "Rachel, you're over-thinking this. Just pray for your readers yourself."
You gotta love that guy. He rarely misses.
So, with all humility and simplicity, here is my prayer for you today.
And if you're not particularly religious, that's okay. I hope you'll find that, although I'm not shy about my faith, I won't beat you up with it either. I know that each of us is at a different place in our life journeys and my hope is that I can simply encourage you along the path. Stay with me here, won't you?
I'm praying for my blog friends today. They've opened laptops, turned on phones, started computers, and grabbed tablets in the middle of their busy days to read this...and I know you see them right where they are. In an office cubicle, in the Starbucks line for a double shot, in the carpool line dropping kids off, in the kitchen with a pile of dishes, in WalMart buying Batman underwear for a kid, or still in bed with the covers pulled up in the hopes of a few more minutes.
And You care.
I pray that no matter what circumstance she finds herself, each woman...each of my "Company Girls"...would sense Your love in a real way.
You are Emmanuel, God with us.
You are here.
This year, we are committing to creating sanctuaries at home - for our families and for ourselves. We want these to be "sacred spaces" that feel good and, well, kind of holy when we walk through the door. We want to live uncluttered and free. We want to enjoy the blessings we've been given without wishing for more stuff. We want to make things beautiful on a budget. Maybe we'd just be happy with making it through one single day without yelling. Just being real, here, Lord.
We need peace. YOUR peace.
For some, it might feel like an impossible prayer, this presence of peace and love.
But I know that nothing is too hard for You.
You specialize in Impossible.
Homes that are filled with peace, order and beauty are completely and utterly possible with You. In fact, I think You'd be delighted to help us with this.
And so I ask You to bless the work of our hands for us.
Give us courage to face the tasks that fill our days, and the grace to accept the things that are beyond our control.
Help us to give our burdens to you so that we have room for joy, for lightheartedness, for laughter.
Point us in the right direction for pillows that are on sale. (Just kidding a little bit, Lord.)
Most of all, give us hearts to love, hands to give, and eyes to see Your daily graces.
Thank you for my sweet blog friends. Thank you for this amazing way to connect through screens, phones and tablets. Your goodness is even in that.
May we find our sanctuary in You.
I'd love to pray for you personally today. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email (link in sidebar) to let me know how I can pray. If you've received this via email, simply hit "reply" and I'll get it.
I'm inviting you to join me this year!
I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. Y'all know I like to wing it far too much for that.
But I do love the idea of "themes," or One Word that might be a goal or focus for the year. Now, that seems to work for me.
This year, my heart and soul are crying out for sanctuary.
I need sacred spaces to live in, breathe and grow. I need to de-clutter, revamp, and undo. I want to live generously and openly.
I want to open closet doors without fear of something falling on me.
I want to write letters on nice stationery, and be able to find stamps.
I want to have people over for dinner, without stressing about the house.
I want to sense God's presence, like a peaceful warm blanket, in my home.
It's really no surprise that my One Word for the year would be "sanctuary," is it, now? After all, it's been my theme for ages and ages! It's my go-to word when life feels overwhelming and hard, which let's face it, is quite often.
This year more than ever, I need Sanctuary.
How about you?
After the past couple of years of stepping back from consistent blogging, I'm ready to get back to the thing I simply adore: sharing my heart for sanctuary in this online space.
I've always said that the keys to sanctuary are peace, order and beauty. We need each of these "legs of the stool" to feel a sense of well-being when we walk through our doors and into our private spaces. After all, what good is a beautifully decorated home if your marriage is hurting? Or how can you experience peace if you can't find your keys because they're buried under a mountain of laundry? What's the point of having a perfectly organized house if there's no freedom to mess it up sometimes?
Sanctuary is that thing our souls need. It's what nourishes us with comfort, makes good memories for our children, and gives us strength to face the world outside. It's what we work for, fight for, and long for, whether we consciously realize it or not.
Starting on Monday January 9, (notice how I've given us a week to recover from the holidays?) I'll be posting here at Home Sanctuary three times each week.
On Mondays, "Peace" will be the theme.
It might be in the form of a printable prayer, a relationship builder, or a motivational post to help set the tone for the week.
On Wednesdays, "Order" will reign supreme.
I will post a simple task or challenge that will nudge us in the direction of organization. I might even trick you into cleaning something, you never know! Remember those Small Things? This is the day you'll see them! I'll be doing these right along with you...because, winging it has its limitations and I still need help.
On Fridays, "Beauty" will swoop in and inspire our senses.
Maybe it will be eye-candy that I've curated from Pinterest, or a recipe for something that makes your home smell yummy, or perhaps a simple decorating tip that will help you fall in love with your home again. I'm all about EASY, my friends. Easy and pretty and scrumptious.
Will you join me?
Let's ALL make "Sanctuary" our word for 2017!
Meet me here each week for inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.
And probably a few laughs, because, well you know me.
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My heart has been hurting for our children who may feel unsettled and afraid in this big old world. With everything going on, sometimes it's hard to know what to do to help them feel secure.
Won't you stop over there and read, "1 powerful thing every parent can do to make this world feel safe these days."
And, would you do me a favor? I'd love for you to share that post in any way you can: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest (just look at the gorgeous photos!) It would mean the world.
Now...go squeeze your little loves for me today!
Blessings upon blessings,
One of the my favorite scenes in life is the acres and acres of green corn and beans on the rolling hills of Nebraska...it is one of my best childhood memories. My uncle is a farmer there, and I know the hard work and cultivation that goes into making those crops happen. If you've ever driven through the midwest in spring time, you've probably seen farmers in gigantic tractors, tilling up their land in preparation for planting. They know that a crop doesn't just start when the seeds get sown, but it actually begins long before that - with soil management and planning months in advance. And once the crop is underway, there is a whole science of tending, watering, fertiziling and harvesting at precise moments for the best yield.
As moms and keepers of the home, one of the biggest aspects of OUR job is cultivation. Whether you know it or not, you are laying the groundwork for the kind of crop you will harvest. Soil preparation, fertilization, feeding, weeding, planting, tending, pruning....all are activities that apply to raising children and creating an atmosphere for growth and health.
Let's do a Small Thing today!
Today's Small Thing is to cultivate....intentionally.
Let me ask you: What kind of harvest do you want to reap? Here are some ideas to get you started:
If you want your children to be readers, take a trip to the library and set a "reading time" in their rooms.
If you want peace and quiet, actively set boundaries on noise levels and provide consequences for indoor yelling: i.e. show your kids the back door :)
For an appreciation of healthy lifestyle, create a meal that features an array of vegetables.
For spiritual growth, plan scripture memorization, a family devotional or a commitment to church.
For a deeper relationship with your husband, plan a conversation around a topic you know he enjoys. Take an active interest in something that's important to him.
For an atmosphere of "sanctuary" tidy up your living spaces and turn on a lamp or two. Make it cozy and nice.
The list is endless......I've given you just a few thoughts.
Today, think about the kind of life you want to live, and then take steps to cultivate that life.
Don't just expect a crop to grow out of rocky, untended soil. Do the hard work of preparation and cultivation and you'll reap the benefits many times over.
What will you be cultivating today? What steps will you take to reap the rewards?
I'd love to hear about the things you're doing!
Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is all about cultivating kindness. It will inspire great conversation with your kids about ways to be a friend to others. You can find it on Amazon, along with the new paperback version of Flash!