I have a memory of my 82-year-old grandmother scribbling notes on pieces of cardboard paper torn from the insides of cereal boxes.
Perhaps she felt her memory fading and was attempting to remember something she heard on the radio or read in a book or maybe a new recipe she discovered or a unique crochet pattern.
I may be fifty years younger, but I share this intense desire to remember – especially the lessons I’m learning in this season of life. For other memories, I can rely on Pinterest.
So, I thought it would be fitting to note down a few little notes during this season of motherhood, when writing feels little more than a few scribbles here and there.
I hope there is something in here for you as I share 10 lessons I wish to remember:
1. Great teachers come in all shapes and sizes.
Teachers can be little ants, tall buildings, or people who seem insignificant without rank or title. There is so much to learn from strangers and loved ones alike. It’s always worth paying attention 😉
2. A bit of perspective goes a long way when seeking understanding.
Sometimes it takes stepping away from a dream, idea, or desire to see if it really fits in the bigger picture of your life. If it doesn’t, it’s easier to let it go. If it does, it gives you more reason and zeal to pursue it.
3. I cannot expect more revelation if I’m not obedient to what I already know.
If I feel “stuck” for some reason, it always helps to recheck whether the basics are in place. Am I spending time in the Word? In prayer? Seeking wise counsel?
4. I cannot control my circumstances or the actions of others, but I can adjust my expectations.
Unfulfilled expectations lead to disappointment and resentment in others, and resentment is dynamite in most relationships
5. “Anger is a secondary emotion” usually based on fear.
I heard this statement on a podcast and it was like a lightbulb lit up for me. It makes perfect sense. For example, I react out of fear when I yell at my toddler to get away from the water or when my one-year-old climbs on the table, again.
So, in conflict situations, I have found it helpful to ask “what am I/the other person afraid of?” instead of simply reacting with emotion.
6. It’s better to keep quiet than to use clichés, especially in Christian circles.
Wise King Solomon summarized it perfectly by saying: Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. [Proverbs 17:28 KJV]
Just because we have good intentions doesn’t mean that the other person will understand exactly what we’re trying to say.
7. A private prayer is always more powerful than a public opinion.
8. Only buy or hang on to those things you’re willing to drag/ship halfway around the world.
9. The internet can be a powerful tool or a powerful drug.
Use it wisely.
10. You can never be too grateful, humble, patient or consistent.
Never underestimate what may be considered small or insignificant on this side of eternity.
Now, it’s your turn to take note…what lessons are you learning in this season of your life?
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