Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Another tool in the box...my daughter!
Later at home Alyssa requested some Annie's shells and cheese and for some reason as I was making it the smells were extra inviting...and tempting. "Alyssa your lunch smells SO good," I said. "Mommy might just have to have some!" I was kidding, mostly, but Alyssa thought I was serious. "You can't have that," she shouted. I told her I wasn't really going to have some but that the smell was really tempting me. Well, she must have been thinking about it some throughout lunch because as she was nearing the end of her bowl she said, "Mommy you really want some of this. Here, take a bite." I told her thank you, but no, Mommy was going to pass. At this point she decided she needed to talk me into it. "But, you really want it! Here, have some," she said as she waved a spoonful close to my face.
At this point I had a decision to make. I could give in, "OK, just one bite." Or, I could us this as an opportunity to teach Alyssa about leaning on God for strength. Thankfully, I chose the latter. "You know what Alyssa. Annie's is really good for you. It's made from whole grains and organic cheeses and milk. But, right now, it's just not a good choice for Mommy. I have promised to stay away from a lot of foods in order to get healthy. And, you know what? God is going to help me do that, even when I REALLY want to have just a few bites of your macaroni. I can pray and ask Him to help me have the strength to make the right choices for MY body!"
I was so proud of myself at that moment. Not only did I resist the temptation to dig in and have a few heaping spoonfuls of shells and cheese, but I had used the opportunity as a spiritual lesson for my daughter!
So, how did Alyssa respond to this profound dispensing of truth from her mother? "I'm gonna go color!"
Ha ha! I guess I've also been reminded to not take myself too seriously, huh?
I hope you're having a FABULOUS day. And, hey, I'd love to know what little victories you're experiencing on this journey!