I used to wake up in the morning, alert and ready for the day, with a cheerful attitude. Lately, though, I've been rolling out of bed, still feeling tired.
Maybe it's some late nights I've had, busily working on various projects while it's quiet around the house, or maybe it's because I'm not in my 30s anymore. Hee, hee! :)
I've noticed that while I'm still willing to serve my family in the morning, and I haven't been grumpy while doing that, I'm still not necessarily having the same cheerful attitude I have had for over 40 years now. Since I was born to be a morning person, something has definitely changed. Most of it has to do with being too tired, I think.
And so, I've needed to adjust my attitude. When I don't feel like preparing breakfast for everyone, I need to change my thinking so that this will begin to be a joyous task for me in the morning again. We save quite a bit of grocery money by not eating cold cereal for breakfast anymore, so I know that it's a good thing to prepare a hot, nutritious breakfast for everyone in our home. And, my hubby and girls love to have a hot breakfast in the mornings. It brings my sweetheart a lot of contentment, and he doesn't find himself starving at 10:30 in the morning at work!
My girls are willing and able to make hot breakfasts for everyone, and sometimes they do this to help me out. But I want to be setting a godly example for them by waking up ready to serve my family.
Lorrie Flem's audio recording came my way this month, just when I needed it. Lorrie has entitled this, "Attitude Adjustments." I needed this for June! We had just finished our school year, and it had been a busy few weeks with recitals and other end-of-year activities. I was TIRED!
So, a couple of weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Brittany, and I were home on a Sunday morning because she wasn't feeling well. She's old enough to stay home by herself from church if she isn't well, but she really wanted me to stay home with her. I told her I would stay with her, but we were also going to listen to Lorrie's "Attitude Adjustments" together since we couldn't attend church that morning.
We sat down and began to listen to the hour-long recording. After Lorrie's introductory statements and comments, she began to share 26 ways that people could change their attitude to help them live a more godly life. I could tell that if Brittany didn't have something to help her write down the 26 ways of changing attitudes, she would eventually tune out. After all, she's only 11, and her weakest method of learning is audio. I quickly paused the recording and typed out a list of the letters of the alphabet so that she could write down Lorrie's 26 ideas on how to change a person's attitude. That really helped a lot! Brittany and I both stayed engaged and focused on writing down all 26 methods of changing our attitude.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
"If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
You'll find 26 common sense methods of changing and improving your attitude so that you can be a biblical example of motherhood and a godly woman in your home. I was blessed by listening to this, and I have noticed over the last two weeks that Brittany has purposed to have a better attitude, especially when I need her to do a chore or task that she may not want to do. She has responded with a more willing heart, choosing to be a blessing to me instead of a curse.
And my attitude has improved, as well!
Lorrie's "26 Ways to Attain and Maintain a Good Attitude" are well thought out and very applicable to everyone whether they are parents or not, homeschooling families or not, strong Christians or new to Christianity.
While the concepts presented in this mp3 audio recording are very useful, I noticed that this had been recorded at a homeschooling conference, not at a studio. For the price listed at the Eternal Encouragement website, I thought I would be listening to something that had been recorded in a studio or at least a room without any distractions or background noise, although thankfully, the background noise was not bad. While the audio quality doesn't necessarily match up to the price I would normally pay for a mp3 recording, I just know that you will come away with some helpful ideas to bless yourself and your family in your home.
After noticing how helpful it was for Brittany and I to be able to take notes while listening to this particular audio recording, I decided to design a notetaking page for those of you who choose to purchase and listen to Mrs. Flem's recording, "26 Ways to Attain and Maintain a Good Attitude."
Guess what? Lorrie at www.EternalEncouragement.com is offering a giveaway for our readers! The giveaway will be one mp3 audio file of your choice.
To enter this month's giveaway, follow the link above for the audio files, and choose which mp3 audio recording you'd like to win.
Next, go to The Gabby Moms blog where June's review links are posted. Leave a comment letting us know whose blog you read about this giveaway (mine of course!), the name of the mp3 audio file you'd like to win, and your email contact info. so Lorrie can let you know if you are the winner!
The winner will be chosen on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 via www.random.org, and will be notified by email using your contact info you left in your comment. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim her prize, or an alternate winner will be chosen.
***Please remember that I'm not the one hosting this giveaway. You'll need to visit The Gabby Moms blog so you may leave your comments to enter the giveaway. Thanks!
Oh, and one more thing: I also received a second audio recording to enjoy from Eternal Encouragement magazine, but I'll be telling you about it in my next blog posting, so look for "The 12 Habits of a Queen in Her Castle" and my review of this, soon! You may also view other Gabby Moms' reviews of these two audio files HERE.
Disclaimer: I received one copy each of these two audio files from Eternal Encouragement magazine in exchange for an honest review of the material. No other compensation was provided.
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