- There's a saying "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" and I've been thinking on it a bit lately. I think when people usually hear this they laugh and think that mama better get what she's wanting so that everyone else doesn't suffer the consequences! However, I think a better way to think of this saying would be "Mama (the woman) sets the tone for the home".
- Have you ever noticed how your attitude can quickly shift the attitude of your family--in either direction? Though I love my "job", I'm the first to admit I'm not always a happy mom & wife. I get frustrated and angry. I feel upset at times. All of us do. But when I don't properly demonstrate my frustration (by raising my voice, sighing heavily, etc) my family's attitudes start to get as icky as mine. It's like a virus that spreads through the house! My husband gets defensive, my kids get whiny and act up, and my mood goes from bad to worse. Yuck!! This is NO way to Create a Welcoming Home for the family!
- However, when Mama can take a breath, say a silent (or sometimes out loud!) prayer, and choose to set a positive tone, it's amazing the difference! The household is calmer and children respond better to you. By no means does this mean that everything is perfect, but it does flow more smoothly! And it creates an environment for the family that's much more Welcoming!!
- Funny true story: When my oldest was about 2 1/2 or 3 she was being really whiny and tantrumy one day, and out of desperation/frustration I cried out, "Lord, give me strength!". Next thing I know she's bending down and peeking under the table, scurrying to look behind a chair and under the couch. "L..., what are you doing?", I ask. She answered as only a small child could, "Lookin for de strength!" I laughed till I almost peed! How could I not be positive after that?!
Think & pray about the tone you set for your household this week! 'Cause "if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"!! :)
ps--the sign above is from: allthatcowboy.com