Charity and I, Mom Donna, had an interesting conversation this week. It went something like this (see image below):
Now, honestly, that morning I was a little disappointed that she wasn’t as optimistic as I was. At that moment in time, I was super excited for the older kids, who had the blessed opportunity to go off on a new adventure to a business-work immersion event at the World Congress Center in Atlanta because of their membership in One Talent. (We shared about OT in a previous post. Click here to learn more about it.)
So, after reflecting on what she said to me that morning, I decided to ask her again later in the day after the big kids had returned. At first she said, no, but then I framed it in a different way and asked:
“Right now in this moment is everything awesome?”.
Then she said:
And this mom was so happy that the Holy Spirit turned around the heart of my little optimist-in-training. Praise God!
In #ButterflyHomeschool, one of the main things we learn every day is that attitude impacts every part of our lives, even though it is intangible… and because it is intangible. Attitude is a spiritual force that is ‘tangible’ as long as you are breathing and have a soul. Attitude is most easily seen physically manifested in a person’s face and body posture, heard in their voice and manifested in their choices. We set the atmosphere of our day and of our entire life by how we choose to carry our attitudes.
USE YOUR WORDS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD
So, will you say our confession with us, no matter how you are feeling right now, and see your life and world change?
IS OUR EVERYTHING:
WHENEVER & WHATEVER
WE NEED HIM TO BE
THEN HE IS THAT
SO WE DECLARE OUT LOUD THAT
RIGHT NOW IN THIS MOMENT:
NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON
IN FRONT OF OUR EYES OR EARS.
More of Charity’s Story
If you know us or have been following our blog for any time, you may know Charity’s story, however, for those of you who don’t, we’ll share more below so that you can see why this story about attitude is so very important for her.
Charity began life as a 35.5 week preemie. Evenso, she has always been very healthy with few residual issues after she came home from the NICU. Currently, she is 8 and in 2nd grade, but she looks 10 or 11, and most people are shocked when they realize that she’s tall for her age.
Charity’s Challenging Learning Journey
Charity began kindergarten with a reading challenge that had us both in tears and very discouraged. To make it worse, the public charter virtual school teacher (who was a great teacher and as helpful as she could be) informed us that our state doesn’t test for reading challenges. So, because there is no testing, there is no support. The teacher helped me understand what was going on by providing me with resources and encouraging us. However, there wasn’t anything else she could do or that the system would do. So, we returned to traditional homeschooling, and by first grade, she was a fluent reader.
We shared about Charity’s reading journey in a previous article, too. When we shared, we talked about how her attitude was critical in her learning process (and so was mine). Well, as you can see from what I shared above, this is super duper duper important!
For a child that learns differently,
parents need to be even that more diligent about
managing attitudes and atmosphere surrounding learning,
at home or at school or wherever you choose to learn.
Now, Charity still has more work to do, and so do I, to ensure that she’s able to learn in ways that fit her learning style. Now our focus has shifted to writing. And I expect that, as we enter a new school season, setting our atmosphere now during this summer will be critical as we transition into the Fall learning season. And, everything is going to be #Awesome because Father God is Awesome, and He’s got this. He’s handling all of the details and helping us in our successful learning journey.
~Donna Marie 🙂
P.S. PLEASE SUPPORT CHARITY’S FIRST TIME PERFORMING ON STAGE
This little cutie will be singing and dancing with all the kids of One Talent on July 26th. Please buy a ticket. And even if you are not in Atlanta, please buy #TheBelieveMovement t-shirts for your whole family.