Saturday, January 4, 2014

Whatever is Lovely

Happy New Year, friends! It is 2014! The new year arrived with little ceremony in our home, and I am perfectly content with that. On New Year's Eve day, our little family enjoyed lunch at Olive Garden followed by some gift card and window shopping. We were home early enough for Michael to watch his football game. McKayla and I read our book and were asleep well before midnight.
As far as New Year's resolutions, I didn't make any.   I have found that if there is a change I want to make, it takes more than a new year to make it happen. I also don't want to make a list goals on January 1 that I don't end up checking off and get discouraged.
Someone posted this picture on Instagram the other day and I saved it to my phone: 
I don't remember who posted it or why I felt drawn to it, but I am glad I saved it. I looked back at it several times, then I made it the screensaver on my phone. It struck a chord with me and really opened my eyes.
You see, I have things in my life that I HATE. (I know hate is a strong word, but it is really how I feel.) These things hurt my family, they strain my marriage, and there are times when I literally feel like they are going to eat me alive. It is poison.
This year, I want to memorize this verse and say it when those things begin to bother me. I want to think about things that are true and right. Things that are noble and admirable. Things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Things that are pure. Things that are LOVELY.
I know that God has a plan for my life and my family. I know he loves us more than I can fathom. And I know that the things that are hard are shaping us to be the Christians that He wants us to be.
I also know that I am human - and without Him, I will completely fall apart. So, in 2014, I want my focus to be on Philippians 4:8 and whatever is lovely.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Five Years

Five years ago today, on New Year's Eve, I decided to start my own little corner of the web.

It's the only five year anniversary I have ever celebrated. Me and my little blog. We've had our ups and downs. I have enjoyed blogging, but I have also seen the "bad" side of blogging. Overall, I have really loved my five years here.
I'm not sure what 2014 will hold for this blog. Honestly, I've taken a step back to evaluate why I even write this blog. I love the friendships I've made and I have enjoyed reading many of your blogs. And I have appreciated every single comment you have left.
I may be blogging once a month, once a week, or once a day. I'm attempting to step back from social media a bit and just live my life.

Thanks to everyone who reads my little blog. Your comments always put a smile on my face. I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed 2014!

Friday, December 20, 2013

What Would I Bring?

Art Printable Christmas Art Wise Men Still Seek HimI had seen a few people post a link to this video on Facebook and I decided to watch it tonight. It's a super cool version of The Little Drummer Boy. I enjoyed watching it very much and, toward the end, it really got me to thinking.... what would I bring? If I had been there that night, what would I have given the King?

Little Baby (pa rum pum pum pum)
I am a poor boy, too (pa rum pum pum pum)
I have no gift to bring (pa rum pum pum pum)
That's fit to give the King (pa rum pum pum pum)

Today - what can I give the King?

Every single thing that I "own", everything that I take pride in, belongs to Him. The things of which we boast - our homes, our cars, our clothes, our fancy things... they are nothing, NOTHING in light of the Savior

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"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
~ Galatians 6:14

I've thought a lot recently about this season, about the hustle and bustle. I keep a very detailed budget sheet, which included every single purchase I have made for Christmas. And to be honest, it is shameful. I am ashamed at the time and money I have spent on "Christmas" this year. Does my family celebrate Jesus this season (and every season)? Yes. But has the true meaning of Christmas, at times, gotten away from us? Absolutely.

Today - what can I give the King?  I can give him exactly what He wants - my heart. Everything else belongs to Him anyway. 

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind." ~ Luke 10:27

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