Pursue joy. Decide to act in joyful ways, even when you don’t feel that way, since feelings often follow actions. Savor the simple pleasures around you, such as the natural beauty of your backyard or the smell of cookies you bake with your kids. Play with your kids and make memories together for them to cherish after you’re gone. Every day, ask God to help you live purposefully.

Adapted from Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner?: Organizing and Loving Your Days as a Mom, copyright 2006 by Cindy Sigler Dagnan. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or., www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

Cindy Dagnan is a writer and a popular speaker at national conferences, retreats, and marriage seminars. She is the author of five books – including Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner?; The Chocolate Side of Life; and Scribbles: Sketches for Stressed-Out Moms – and has also written numerous articles in such publications as P31 Woman, Christian Standard, and Hearts at Home. Cindy and her husband are the proud parents of four children.