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Parenting: Capturing Miracle Moments

by Rebecca Eanes on Mar 25th, 2015

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Start the Day with Intention

We need to set our focus anew each and every morning before we start our day. Begin with a verbal affirmation. “My miracle awaits.” Repeat this mantra as often as needed throughout the day. Visual reminders are helpful, so put them wherever you frequently go. To live life with your eyes and heart open, we have to change our daily habits. Intention, mantras and reminders help us stay focused on our new goal.

Notice the Miracles You Encounter

The little one who comes to your bed for a cuddle is a miracle. The morning sun shining in your window is a miracle. The friend who offers you an encouraging word is a miracle. If we really look, we will notice that we encounter many miracles in our ordinary days and noticing will cultivate gratitude. The gratitude and the miracle-capturing, they enforce one another.

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Keep a Record

Once you notice it, capture it. I'm a journal keeper, but maybe you'll choose a miracle jar or photography. In whatever way you choose, keep a record of your miracle moments. Not only will these be a treasure to look back on, but as we collect these moments, we will put together the picture of the rich and marvelous life we are living – captured right there in writing or photos for all the world to see. “Hey! Look at my miracles!” 

Share Your Miracle Moments

By sharing yours, you will inspire others to begin noticing their own. Sharing this kind of inspiration – this gratitude and joy at the beauty and amazement of parenthood, of friendship, of marriage, of life – is a gift to those around you.

May Your Days Be Filled With Miracle Moments

Particularly, so often, we get caught up in the difficulties and exhaustion of parenting. The miracles that we used to so readily see become lost. It's easy for us to see the miracle of our first newborn baby as we silently rock him in the night, but when you're surrounded by 2, 3, or more children, changing diapers, cooking meals, wiping noses, running from here to there, rounding up, tucking in, it starts to get harder to see the miracles through our tired and sometimes teary eyes. This is why we must be intentional about seeing them, not as difficulty to endure or another chore to manage, but as our own everyday miracles. Every bedtime story, every flower picked for you, every hug around your neck, these are miracle moments worth celebrating. 

May your days be filled with miracle moments.

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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