Monday, January 17, 2011

Scripture #2

The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I'll stick with God; I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go. Psalm 16:7-8 (MSG)

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Scripture

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel." -Philippians 1:27

This is the first piece of scripture I'm going to try to memorize this year. Lord, soften my heart to the words!

Resolutions

I'm not usually one for resolutions, only because I never keep them. But this year, I decided to give it a shot. I've heard that writing them down helps, so here goes nothin'...

1. I'm hoping to hand-write at least one letter a day this year and either mail it or hand-deliver it. I've realized how much social media has cut down on hand-written letters, and that makes me sad. Sure, I can drop a line on Facebook to someone I haven't talked to in a while that I might not otherwise get to talk to because I don't have their address, etc., etc., but the art (and love) shown in a hand-written letter is quickly dying. I hope to keep this one going!

2. I'm trying to cut back on my soft drink intake. It's now January 3rd and none consumed so far. I don't really expect to cut it out completely, but cutting back will surely help.

3. Along with Beth Moore and the girls at Living Proof Ministries, I'm going to attempt to memorize more scripture this year. I'm amazed at people who can spout scripture like their spouting their phone number. I'm hoping to get better at this one, too.

4. I'm going to try and get better about writing on this blog. It is such a help to me when I can. Here's hoping for a better blogging year!

5. We're starting a chore chart for Saralynn in hopes of helping her become more organized and keeping our household a little less stressful. This will help everyone, but she's really seemed to soak in the chill-time she's had at home lately. As a result, when she does freak out, it seems pretty bad, so we're going to try and chill out some this year by organizing and see what happens!

Do you have any resolutions you'd like to share?

The first weekend of 2011...

Whew! And the year is off to a fast start!

New Year's Day is my Great-Aunt Elsie's birthday, so we started off the year with lunch. Aunt Elsie is my PaClyde's only living sister. Sister Ruth and PaClyde are in Heaven with Jesus, but Aunt Elsie keeps their legacy alive! She turned 92 (I think), and is so spry and chipper! We had lunch with her daughter and grandkids and great-grandkids. Oh, what a fun day it was! I hope my children know what a cool thing it is to have a great-great aunt that they can know and love.

We then moved on to one of the most beautifully simple and elegant weddings I think I've ever been to. Jennifer and Cory, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to witness your union. May you forever feel the love you shared that day!

I sang the special music at church on January 2nd, and got some beautiful comments from some beautiful people all throughout the day. It is always such a blessing to me to start off the worship experience at church each year. I think I put more pressure on myself than I should, but I just always want it to be perfect. And I'm always reminded that as long as I go into it with a heart that longs to give back to God what's already HIS, it will be perfect. Thankfully it's NOT ABOUT ME!

And now, it's back to work. Whew. The few days I spent at home with my family were so precious. Mom, Dad, and Garrett were all off of work from December 24th through January 3rd, and Saralynn was out of school. Carter went to day care a few days. I was off the 24th, 27th, and 31st. I would've surely loved to have been off more, but duty calls. :)

I hope everyone is enjoying the year so far!

Happy New Year!

From our family to yours, may 2011 be your greatest year yet!