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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

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Is Any Of This Sounding Familiar?

I used to love listening to Paul Harvey.   I find it not so amazing that he knew all of this even back then.  The devil has been trying these things since his beginning .

Where Are You Looking?

Just dropping a little note…….  

No matter what is going on in your life, keep everything on the positive side of Heaven.  When we look there first, we can see whether it’s important enough to express your opinion. Or whether you should leave it to God to handle.  

“Righteous Anger?”

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Have you ever held an opinion you knew was incorrect but had no evidence to prove it otherwise? Maybe I’m the only one. I have feelings on the subject of anger that I know are wrong, but I have no contradictory evidence. Refute me in the comments below (but be nice, please).

I don’t believe we as humans should ever get angry. I don’t feel like it is an emotion meant for us. How can we serve God in an angry state? Anger involves rash actions and raw outbursts. It blinds us to more rational modes of expression and alienates us from feelings that are related to a loving demeanor.

Too often in the Christian sphere, I hear of an emotion called “righteous anger.” This seemingly too-good-to-be-true emotion causes angry feelings whenever injustices and immorality are present. The anger is then supposed to be used against these injustices and immorality.

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You Got the Skills – Designing a Bucket List Publications Logo

You Got the Skills – Designing a Bucket List Publications Logo.

In the last year, Bucket List Publications has achieved more success than I ever imagined possible, and I have a vivid imagination. With 13,754,363 page views and 50,784 subscribers, Darren and I have created something worthy of pride.

We are, however, lacking in one major area: design! 

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This year I graduated high school– an event that seemed incredibly far away at one point in my life.

I went to prom. On this I say, “Better an ‘Oh, well,’ than a ‘What if?'”

I took French 202 and Comparative Religion 103 at Miami University, which was awesome (and free!).

I gave my first sermon at Grace Pointe Church which (I hope) was well received.

I quit my job at Frisch’s.

I started attending Oral Roberts University for a degree in Pastoral Ministry (praise God!) and met so many awesome people and made true friends.

I got 1 C, 3 Bs, and 2 As at the end of the fall semester.

I spent fall and Christmas break back in Oxford, OH.

I survived the Mayan doomsday.

I picked my job back up.

I quit my job again.

I grew, I changed, I ate lots of food.

 

Let us make…

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