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The Happy Mom Manifesto

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The Happy Mom Manifesto

1. The only thing that has to be written in stone is when to pray.

Because it’s not schedules, busyness, or deadlines that keep one from prayer. The only thing stopping one from praying is self. {Excuse-making can be a cheap cover for idolatry.}

If one’s not praying regularly, it’s only because something else is regularly loved more than God.

2. Even if everything goes wrong, love is always right. There is ridiculous hope in this.

3. Whenever you want to throw your hands up, throw them around someone instead. Holding someone always helps holds things together.

4. God didn’t put people in your path mostly for your convenience; He put you there for theirs. This is a wonder and a grace.

5. Why be afraid of anything —  when our God is using everything?

6. Pick flowers. Pick grace. Choose joy.

7. This is always a choice: You can erupt — or pluck.  You can be an Erupter — or a Plucker. You can choose.

8. Be radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about the real hills worth dying on.

9. Say yes to one game every day and laugh loud. No empty-nest mama looks around and wishes she did one more load of laundry.

10. Happiness isn’t when the house is perfect. Happiness is when His Word and your walk are in harmony.

11. And every happy homemaker knows that the secret to real homemaking is not about making perfection. Home-making is about making a home.

A perfect home may not at all be a neat as a pin home. The point is not a house as neat as a pin or Pinterest pinnable.

The point is a house pinned together with sacrifice and Christ and love that can withstand any winds.

12. Unplug often to get refreshed. You’ll see your true self when you look for your reflection in the eyes of souls not the glare of screens.

13. Make yourself a roof.

Love bears all things and it reads stego in the Greek — literally a thatch roof. Love means you bend your life into a roof and take the rain and the wind and absorb all that might come a beating.

14. The only life worth living is a scandalous one: scandalous love, offensive mercy, foolish faith. Let joy live loud in your soul.

15. Only Speak Words that make Souls Stronger.

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Related: The 10 Point Manifest for Joyful Parenting (free printable) 

grateful for the moments…  the endless One Thousand Gifts: …. thanks be to God

cards that thank you for a good “edgucation” and grinning, winking husbands

bare toes and dandelions

belly laughing over cereal

Levi’s handcarved rose

gerberas in sunlight

boys that let you know that they had tears in their eyes when they wrote your card

less than a month to an evening of Broken — will we meet you in Nashville?

mama’s curls framing her face

the way she loves, my Velveteen mama, worn to the realest real

her laugh turning heads — like music

Monday morning grace to begin again

# 6 this week on the New York Times, that we could all share the joy of choosing Joy in Him

More than 1000 Moms choosing to be the gift (We did it — you did it! We all did it together — you and your amazing Moms! The 1000 Moms Project? Well, nearly 2,000 of you publicly thanked Mom and you and your Moms became the gift to Mamas in Haiti!)

the daily opportunity to quietly and gratefully be bread broken and given

… and the beauty of all these Mamas, whose legacy continues in 1000 Moms Project , all the way to the Moms in Haiti!

The 1000 Moms Project:
Thank Your Mom — & Bless Another

Did you see these beautiful mothers? You thanked each of these exquisite Moms publicly in the 1000 Moms Project  And you and your Mom made a Mother’s Day Difference in Haiti this year. Have you read all your incredible stories of of Moms on this this page?  A thousand thank yous!  

I hope you & your Mom will join us when we travel to Haiti in July to see what a difference your thanks has made! When thanksgiving becomes thanksliving! 

{Just click to begin this inspiring slideshow — here you all are so wondrously!}




Click here to print May’s Joy Dare:  and begin this week — this month — right!

Count three gifts a day, 1000 gifts in 2012 (and be entered to win the NikonD90 camera?) Thank-you is a word that can change you, your world — the whole world!

And a surprise for May: A JOY BASKET GIVEAWAY:

HOW TO ENTER MAY’S GIVEAWAY:

Each day of May, either share your gifts on on Twitter {label with #1000gifts #JoyDare so we can find you!}, or with us in the gratitude community at Facebook , or on Pinterest (#1000gifts).

Each day, 3 people will who share their gifts via Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest will be randomly selected & entered into a drawing for JOY BASKET: a gift card @ Amazon {100$} & {signed copies of One Thousand Giftsthe photographic gift book, the DayBrightner, and the family gratitude journal} Give thanks to Him in the assembly!

Join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts?

Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.

Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!


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