Saturday, January 11, 2014

You're Designed, Now Fearlessly Innovate

Last week, my plans to host a family visioning session were thwarted by subzero temps that shocked us Southerners and our pipes.  Fortunately, I discovered ours when a plumber was next door & helped tremendously.  It was a reminder that while we can carefully plan and diligently execute, goals/plans/schedules, etc can't dictate our lives, they should be intentional but fluid as well.

After speaking with a friend, I was reminded that I needed to carve out the time and try again this week.  As I logged on to check out my email, my screen showed a link from Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite online writers.  I hope to read One Thousand Gifts soon, but until I fulfill my promised to my husband to finish my already purchased books, I will snack on her incredible, inspired blogs.  

Her post includes a few videos that are MUST SEE.  I've included one below that will leave you with no excuses, only prayerfully asking God to use what He created and equipped. 

Ephesians 2:10 asserts "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  

Such a good video to talk about with our families, right?  We ALL can be used to do great things. Like Christopher acknowledges, through Christ we can do all things, despite our weaknesses.  He is our power.

So as we consider the dreams that we have, know that Christ will bless and empower the dreams within His will.  This doesn't mean that we all have to become missionaries, but can serve as a light to the world in whatever occupation, community or season we're in.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Years Realizations & hopes

This year, like many others, I tried to think of a few attainable resolutions that went beyond fitting into a smaller dress size into territory that affected more lives than my own. In the middle of last year, I began practicing a bit early and I do believe it's beneficial to start "today" rather than waiting for the perfect timing. With almost six months of small life changes under my belt, I ring in 2014 with realizations versus resolutions and hope that this year may be even better than the last. Here are the changes that I hope to carry into 2014 (not in order of importance):

-multitask less & fully enjoy fleeting moments 
-remember my very first love & seek to reignite the scandalous romance with Him (break out the Gospels & indulge in His goodness)
-less sarcasm, more sincerity 
-spend a lot of time with people who inspire me.
-spend time with people who need to be Inspired
-eat foods that leave me feeling terrific & leave foods alone that don't
-workout like your partying with your best friends & never turn down a party with the kids before bedtime.
-do good work, not guilt work or busy works
-give more
-fear less