Awake – Ten Days of Intentional Parenting

This is a passion of mine. Actually, living awake, living aware, living joyfully is a passion of mine — one that I long to share. For the next ten days I will be doing a focused approach to Ten Days of Intentional Parenting. It will be a mixture of hands on activities, journal opportunities, memory making, heart seeking and more.

I am thrilled that you are here, right now, to walk this journey with me and others. In fact, as I’ve been writing these words I’ve been thinking about each person who decides to join — whether in just reading or actively participating. You are here, you are reading for a reason.

And that reason? Being a better, more intentional mother.

It takes work. Discipline. Awareness.

Or like I love to say – being awake.

Our culture, our world, our media has the ability to lull us to sleep. We become so used to day after day rolling by so fast that we dull our senses, lose our joy, and parent on auto-pilot. Ten Days to Intentional Parenting will be a journey of waking up. Seeing the small things. Rejoicing. Looking at our own hearts. Seeking out our children’s heart.

And being real.

There are no masks. There is no pretending. This will not make you the perfect parent. I don’t believe in the perfect parent thing — in fact, in my mind,  the perfect parent thing is a lie of this world guaranteed to put us back to sleep. It’s set up to make us feel like we’ve failed, we’ll never measure up, that we’re no good, that we stink, that we just can’t do it.

Not true.

Not true, not true, not true.

You can do it. You can mother with an intentional heart. You can find joy in the every day beautiful moments of life. It is a posture for your heart to live in — a posture of being aware, awake, and really living for today.
Will you join me?

Here’s what to expect: each day, in addition to my post, I will provide a journal page for you to download and print out. Now, if you’re reading this on a Thursday, simply start on a Thursday.  There is no perfect day to start! I will also discuss the day on my facebook page {if you haven’t joined make sure to click findingjoyfacebookpage to join}and we can build community as mothers. You are not alone. We moms are a team — the more we link our arms together the stronger we will become which will make us more confident and intentional with our families.

Today’s journal page? It’s about being awake. Aware. It’s a simple exercise in examining what you do well and what you’d like to see change. And then, there’s a challenge at the end for you to do with your kids. That challenge? Spending a set amount of time with just them. It’s training you, the mom, to not get distracted in our very busy world, and to instead really focus in on the lives that we are blessed to mother.

To get today’s download {partial preview below} please click

Tomorrow? Tomorrow I’ll be writing about our hearts, our mothering hearts, and the importance of letting our hearts feel. Part of that? Involves letting go and building up.

To go to Day 2 : Heart {and the next download page} click Heart
To go to Day 3 : See {and that download page} click See
To go to Day 4 : Listen {and that download page} click Listen
To go to Day 5 : Record {and that download page} click Record
To go to Day 6 : Grace {and that download page} click Grace
To go to Day 7 : Influence {and that download page} click Influence
To go to Day 8 : Work {and that download page} click Work
To go to Day 9 : Family {and that download page} Click Family
To go to Day 10 : Celebrate {and that download page} click Celebrate

15 Responses to “Awake – Ten Days of Intentional Parenting”

  1. April 16, 2012

    {LyndsD} Reply

    Rachel, This is soooo awesome! I am super excited about your 10 days series. Thank you!! My heart, my parenting, my children, and my household thank you in advance. :) God Bless

  2. April 16, 2012

    Modern Day Disciple Reply

    I want to join in…I don’t home-school BUT am looking forward to your journal prompts- I am a hard core journaler!

  3. April 16, 2012

    Rachel Reply

    No need to be a homeschooler. This series is for anyone — any mother! I’ve just linked with a bunch of my homeschool friends and our topics range from homeschooling to parenting to gluten free eating to more.
    I am glad that you are here. :)

    ~rachel

  4. April 16, 2012

    truth in weakness Reply

    “It is a posture for your heart to live in — a posture of being aware, awake, and really living for today” . . . wonderful, wonderful reminder, rachel.

    thank you for this post. as i thought about some areas where i’d like to change this morning, i enjoyed asking the Lord what areas HE’d like to change in me as a mom. :)

    abandoning my imperfect, mommy heart to His perfect power,
    tanya

  5. April 16, 2012

    Anonymous Reply

    Thanks so much for doing this!! I’m so looking forward to the encouragement!
    Jen Allen

  6. April 16, 2012

    Julia Reply

    I love this idea and this message. Intentional parenting is so very important and so easy to let go of. Thank you for this challenge!

  7. April 16, 2012

    Theresa Reply

    i love, love, love, love, love this!!! i can’t wait to work on that journal page. i am so excited about this and agree so much about us being lulled to sleep!

  8. April 16, 2012

    September Reply

    Yay! Thank you for this Rachel. So very thirsty for this refreshing new focus. Love to you!

  9. I always heart your heart! Some days I have to turn off my phone. It’s the biggest distraction. Life is more sweet and simple when we focus on what’s most important. I always appreciate you’re beautiful wisdom. Thank you. Sad I don’t have a printer!

  10. April 16, 2012

    Rebecca Reply

    I’m ready and LOVE your printable you created! Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. April 16, 2012

    Michelle Reply

    I am looking forward to reading-and becoming more awake.

    THIS: “the perfect parent thing is a lie of this world guaranteed to put us back to sleep.”

    This is such an insightful truth that we need to remind ourselves of.

  12. April 16, 2012

    Yvana Reply

    Will definitely be joining. Thanks for your hard work.

  13. April 17, 2012

    Kathy Reply

    I LOVE this and it came at just the right time! Your post about social media ruling our lives really spoke to me and I wrote a blog about that {and other stuff about being a lazy Mom} … I’m truly inspired and thankful for you!

    Blessings, Kathy

  14. April 17, 2012

    Lynn Reply

    Am here praying!
    Psalms 27:1, 4-5 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?…One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
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