Have you been following Ann's Year of Yes? In combination with my journey of wanting to be more positive - this is a word I'm trying to say more often.
So often "no" just flies out when I don't even really need to say no. No is easier. No is less messy. No is faster. But, no is still no. To a child, does it seem like they hear no all day?
Two little letters - sometimes they are so difficult for me to say. And, sometimes they carry so much weight with them.
But, yes - yes builds up. Yes opens the heart to dream and gives hope that dreams can come true. Yes does so many things for us...
"Mama, can we make cupcakes and cookies tomorrow?" she peers over the edge of the bed as I lay reading and getting drowsy.
"How about one of those things," I reply mentally shuffling our plans for tomorrow to include the baking adventure.
Cupcakes it is. I notice next morning that we don't have enough sugar to make cupcakes and I never have a cake mix on hand. So, a trip to the store is in order. Yes, I go that far to make her yes happen.
We mix up the pink batter - just what little girls love: PINK! They spoon in the batter and we bake them. The frosting is mixed and colored: PINK! The sprinkles are ready and waiting (thanks, Angela!) The anticipation of the fun to come is rising!
Emily peeks in the pantry and finds a bottle of sparkling grape juice left from Christmas sales. Can we drink this? Yes.
Really, why do I say no so often? I don't really have to. No feels so safe somehow. Yes requires courage and flexibility, time and attention. Anyway, back to the cupcakes...
The fun of the decorating begins! And, we realize that tomorrow is our day to deliver treats to the children at the Children's Shelter. I'm relieved to have someone to share them with and thankful for the fun my girls had in preparing a treat for someone in a difficult position.
Special memories are made during the yes moments. And, I'm saying, "Yes, Lord. I'm willing to be used by You in creating these moments for my sweet children. I'm willing to be inconvenienced and have messes made to make life sweeter. To bring hope and joy. Yes!"