Starting FRESH


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Today is the start of a whole new year . . . . I LOVE IT!!!  I ALWAYS love things, times, moments that are fresh and new!  It’s like looking at a blank canvas and you have been given permission to create WHATEVER YOU WANT!!  So today I am looking at the blank canvas of this new year and I am asking God what HE would like me to create in my life for the upcoming 365 days.

F – first things FIRST . . . God gets the top spot!!  I will continue to start each morning with Him.  This means Bible reading, journaling, I have a new devotional I’m going to be reading.  Like Matt. 6:33 continues to remind me, if I seek God FIRST then everything else will fall into place!  So my year, my days, my life needs to start off with putting God FIRST!!!

R – I need to RELAX a lot more than I do!  I can get so stress out about things, but then I’m not TRUSTING God . . . . I’m not RESTING in God . . . . . I’m not RELAXING in Him and His presence.  There is a sense of peace when I am relaxing in Him.  But it’s more than that for me.  It’s keeping my life balanced as well!  Every Monday night I do “pizza movie knit nights” with my mom.  That means I am carving out time to be with my mom, hang out at her house and knit with her.  We also have dinner and watch a little TV together as well, but it’s my time to do something for her and for me.  I’m also using my Sunday as my Sabbath.  No work.  No responsibilities.  Just that day to remember I am no longer a slave, but I am FREE!!  And the realization that God role modeled this when creating the world.  If God took a Sabbath, I am going to keep doing this to be with Him, down-shift in my life and remember I am not a slave to working 7 days a week!

E – everyone’s favorite . . . . EXERCISE!  I have got to “MOVE IT, MOVE IT” so much more this year!  My gym has got to see my face more than it did last year!  I have no reason, no excuses!  Well, back surgery worked as a great excuse not to go to the gym last year, but this year my back needs me to be at the gym!  So exercise I must do!!  Two years ago I ran a 1/2 marathon . . . . . I miss that girl!!  I am sensing strongly that God misses that girl too!!  Exercise is also a place for me to relax as well.  I’m catching a theme that God is pouring on my heart . . . .

S – I need to SING a LOT MORE!!  I used to sing and listen to music all the time!  For whatever reason I haven’t been doing it as much and I miss it!  Singing transforms my attitude and takes it to better places very quickly.  I used to throw on music with whatever I was doing!  I still do that sometimes, but not nearly enough.  And not just to listen to, I need to be singing more!!  Not just radio songs, but worship songs!!  I need to make sure I am filling my head, my heart and my surroundings with songs that point to the One that I am head over heels in love with!!  This is where I connect with God in some precious ways!!  Worship is one of our greatest forms of warfare!!  We have got to get our praise on if we are going to defeat the enemy!!  Praise is where we tell God, and remind ourselves, and shout out to the enemy how HUGE and POWERFUL and UNDEFEATABLE OUR GREAT GOD IS!!!!!  Praise changes EVERYTHING!!!  Including us from the inside out!!

H – Last thing on my list for fresh new year, I need to take care of my HUSBAND a lot better!!!  He is such a servant and is always doing things for me . . . . I need to be doing some things for him!!  He is such a great example to me of how to love well, I need to take better notes and love on my man more!!  I’m not a horrible wife, but it sure is easy to get lazy and let him do all the serving because that’s what he is so good at!  This new year I need to be putting him as a higher priority, building him up better and serving him more!!  I have been truly blessed with the man that God knows is perfect for me!  He and I are not even close to being perfect people, but what God has put together let no man take apart, so I’m going to work at making sure we are thriving together and I am doing my part of living up to my wedding vows that I said so many years ago!!  I keep mine taped up next to my office desk so I can be reminded of what I promised.  And I want to be a woman of my word!!  My vows are not dependent on what my man does . . . . I can only change me . . . . so better I will become!!!!  Honoring my man, my vows and the God that continues to knit us together!!

So . . . . . how about YOU?!?!?!  What is God asking YOU to do in this coming year that is bursting with opportunities and possibilities?!?!?  I hope you will join me in the path to an amazing year, a deeper relationship with God and a happier me!!!!!  Not going for perfection . . . . going for change in this year that is FRESH and new!!!

Not Just for Kids Anymore


While wandering through the store to get some more shampoo I came upon something so new and unusual to me . . . . . hmmmmmmm . . . . . . what fun could I have with those?!?!?!?

Here is the back-story . . . . .

I LOVE my husband!!  He is SO GOOD to me!!  He is a natural at serving and taking care of me!!  I LOVE IT!!!  But I am constantly aware of my need to do a better job of serving him and cheering him on!!  He would tell you I do a great job . . . . but I think he’s WAY TOO KIND!!!!!  This is an area I have to keep working at!!  I can get so busy in the rest of my world that it’s way too easy to forget that, after God, MY MAN IS MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!!!!

So often I find that the demands of work and ministry appear more pressing than taking care of my husband.  My sweet man will understand if I don’t make dinner tonight, but work won’t be so forgiving if I don’t have a chance to get all my obligations completed, and on time!!

How CRAZY is that?!?!?!?

Because I want Paul to know that he is the LOVE OF MY LIFE and my HEART’S DESIRE I am always looking for new and fun ways to tell him so!!  I think I hit the JACKPOT TODAY!!!!!

I found a package of BATHTUB CRAYONS!!!!!  Now I know there are probably a zillion moms out there that know all about these things . . . . but they are new to me!!!!  We were not blessed with children, so the tools of the trade are amazing to me!!!  This being one of them!!!  For around $4 I figured this was worth the risk!!!  I was SO EXCITED!!!!  I could hardly wait to get home and start writing on our shower walls!!!!! pic O

Although . . . . . as I’m typing this I”m hoping that this is what you’re supposed to do with them!!!!  Well . . . . it’s what I did with them!!!  I hope I didn’t ruin our shower!!!!!!!!

I have included some of the pics that I put in our shower for him to find early tomorrow morning!!  I pic Lwant him to know, without a doubt, that I am his NUMBER ONE FAN!!!!!  I am his biggest cheerleader and there is NO ONE on this planet that shakes their pom-poms better than I do for my man!!!

So my question for you is this . . . . . Who are the men in your world that YOU are CALLED to encourage?!?!?!?

Married women, yours is easy . . . . it’s the man you arpic Ne married to!!  For better or worse . . . . in sickness and in health . . . . till death do you part!!

Single women . . . . . who are the men in your world that you can encourage and remind them WHO THEY ARE?!?!?!?!  It could be a brother, co-worker, neighbor, friend  . . . . . ask God who this might be!!!pic P

Ladies . . . . . we have the opportunity to bring LIFE or death to the men in our world . . . . . today may you CHOOSE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!