My One Word for 2015

My One Word for 2015

Our house faces due west, so the sun rises over our back yard. This morning, as I sat in my chair facing a window into our front yard, I could see the beginnings of a pink reflection on our street. I took my tea and went straight to look out a window into the backyard. The sun was just peeking over the fence-line. Breathtaking. I don’t care if you like nature or not, a sunrise like that is better than any Monet or Rembrandt. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I was born a morning person, but after I had kids, I lost some of that super power. Now, I set 3 alarms, and I still cannot seem to swing my legs around the side of the bed by 6:30am. But God is so good, He makes the sunrise later in winter so those of us who miss it in the summer, get to see it in the winter when we need more hope that the sun is up for at least a few hours each day. In the morning, I find quiet. Peace. Distractions are on “do not disturb.” There are few interruptions. I can FOCUS. People 100 years ago did not have so many obstacles to mental focus. True Story. For the past 4-6 months, God has been calling me to slow down. I stepped down from the Board of Directors of Toloha Partnership and I started to hone in on a few things, rather than spreading myself so thin. When I started the One Word to Change Your Life reading plan from the You...

Live as though I have none…

I’ve been reading through the Bible from cover to cover… since 2010. Don’t laugh! I’ve had 2 kids since then! I’m set to finish this May!  I did take some breaks to go through some other studies in the tough parts… you know the parts that go on and on with so and so beget so and so, etc. so I’m pretty excited. And to tell you the truth, I want to go back and do it again! I started with our house church (a small group at church that meets in each of our homes) after reading Radical by David Platt. Personally, I figured, I’ve been a christian for… 20 years (25, now…gasp!) so I should probably have read the whole entire Bible. I’d read a lot of it, but there were definitely parts that my eyes had never gazed on. Anyway, right now I’m in 1 Corinthians – I love Paul’s letters, but chapter 7 has caught me and confused me. I’ve read it before and I know I’ve wondered about the words every time. In verse 29, he tells husbands to ” live as though they had none…” (as in wives!). What!? Before my heart began to race, I thought back to Ephesians 5 and other passages where Paul tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church…okay, okay…what did he mean then?! So, to Google I went. I know, not the best place to search for something as specific as this. I plan to study into it much more with some trusted authors, but with the few moments of quiet I have in...
A word to change my life?

A word to change my life?

So, Goal-setting has always been my thing… well, since I learned to write. If I could make a list for something, I did. I am one of those people who adds items to my list I forgot just so I can check them off. There’s a problem though – my record. I am probably between 40-50% successful when it comes to actually accomplishing my goals, especially my new year’s goals. Part of the problem: I have lists all over the place and half of them get lost or are in inconvenient places…like the bottom of my pocketbook. The real problem is: I’m not realistic. I’ve recently learned that I am not a perfectionist in the sense that I thought I was. I’m a visionary – I have lots of ideas and I lack the determination, discipline and more than anything TIME to make those ideas happen. I also think that every idea I have should become a reality. Can you say “unrealistic.” I also think that every idea should be orchestrated with perfection. Again, say it with me now “unrealistic.” And, sorry for any disappointment butttT…unfortunately this is not a post that is going to solve this problem. Check back in about 20 years and maybe by then, I’ll have something for you. Ha! No really, I am making a little progress. Here are a few things I’m trying out this year that so far has relieved my twisted visionary perfectionist impulses: 1. I let go of ideas that will not work where I am at or I put them away for later in life. And by let go...