My Heart’s at Home by Jill Savage was an inspiriational and convicting book. The whole book is just delightful and there are so many habits I want to adopt after reading her book.
However, the one chapter that truly resonated with my heart was “Home as a Pep Rally”. Jill challenge wives and moms to deliberately create an environment in their homes that encourages each family member to reach for and pursue their dreams. I want to learn to celebrate the milestones that each family member reaches…whether big or small. I want my boys to grow up and remember that their mom was always there with a word of encouragement and praise.
After reading this chapter in My Heart’s at Home, I spent that day looking for the small victories Drew and Carter accomplished throughout the day. And I learned that if I want to be a mom who gives her family an environment of encouragement I have to be alert and always watching.
When Drew is able to navigate his little table around obstacles to the other side of the room, I want to see that and congratulate him on his endurance.
When Carter correctly identifies a number or letter or object and he turns to me with a big smile on his face, I want to be there to give him a high five.
When one of the boys willingly chooses to share with his brother, I want to be there to let him know that God is pleased with what he just did.
And that requires a mom who isn’t distracted by all of the to-do lists or checking to see what her friends are doing on Facebook. It requires a mom who is always present and always watching for those victories….big or small.