Some of my best friends today came into my life when I was lonely and looking for another mom. And some of the women I’ve shared my faith with through the years are the moms who were lonely, too, and came to find a new friend in Christ.

3. Plan growth opportunities. Make a list of what you’d like to accomplish in the next year and then relish in the satisfaction of putting checkmarks next to those things you’ve completed. Here are some ideas for your list:

 

  • Read more books -- Make a list of books you’d like to read that will grow your character, improve your parenting and relationships, make you into a stronger leader, or hone your skills in certain areas.
  • Start a journal – Are you one who talks of writing a book some day? Then record the lessons you’re learning. Write down those funny or meaningful things your children do and say that can be teaching moments. Or, just journal what you’re learning everyday as a way of recording your life lessons for your children or charting for them your spiritual legacy. 
  • Complete a project – Working on personal projects like getting family photos into an album, exercising three times a week, or clearing the clutter from corners of your home will give you a sense of accomplishment. Or, investigate some work-at-home options.

4. Praise Him in your circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says it pretty simply: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I’ve found nothing grows me more than when I continually thank God for my circumstances even during moments I don’t feel thankful.  A heart of gratitude draws you closer to the heart of God. If nothing else, thanking Him every day for your child, your life, your circumstances, will draw you closer to the Lover of your soul.

Posted June 24, 2009.

 


Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including her newest, ‘When Women Walk Alone: A 31-Day Devotional Companion’. For more on her ministry, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.