Monday, January 17, 2011

If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away? -Lord Chesterfield

Happy Monday! The beginning of another week. This weekend the hubs and I were discussing our lives and what we are doing and where we are going. Have you ever had one of those moments where you take a look at your life and ask: What in the world am I doing?? When did life lose it's mission and become about just getting through another week??

I have begun examining my own life and looking for some purpose for it. When I consider this I am called back to Romans 12:2, the beginning of which says "Be not conformed to this world..." If we live our lives just to get through the week, to get dinner made, the laundry done, to get one kid to soccer and the other to gymnastics what are we truly live for? Are we not being conformed to this world in every step we take racing from one activity to the next? Our mission in life is to reach out to those in need, whether it be material need or spiritual need.  "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." -James 1:27

I encourage you (and myself) this week, this month to take one step toward helping someone in need. That person could be your best friend or a person on the street, just share the gospel with them through your love, your actions. I remember hearing some say once: "You may be the only "Jesus" that person ever knows." What will you represent of our Savior?

Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rise and shine

Good morning! I hope your new year is off to a great start! This is always such a refreshing time for my heart, mind, soul and body. This year I haven't set any specific resolutions but my goal this year is to break away from the hold that electronics have on myself and my family. In this day and age there is not a place we can go that we don't have access to some sort of electronic device. Even some campsites I was looking at offer free Wi-Fi. So this year we are taking a step back, canceling our satellite service and making a deliberate effort to spend more time doing activities together that do not involve computers or video games. We have been off to a pretty good start and I realize that although in the past I spent a lot of time on the computer, I actually like my life better when I am off the computer.

So what were your New Year's resolutions? What efforts are you taking to make sure you stick to these goals? I wish you great success in achieving these goals and a blessed new year.

Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.