I was going to start this post with – are you a reader? Then I realized the frivolous context of the question, given the fact that you are currently reading, by viewing this post. So scratch that.
A real question would be, do you like to read? This is definitely an ok question to pose, I think. Just because you scroll through your phone or surf the internet, coming across miles and miles of information does not mean that you like to read.
Books are such a wealth of information. Before Google existed, published literature is what we had. Have you ever seen a real dictionary?
BETTER THAN TIKTOK?!
Yes I know, I know! It is hard to believe there was life before Google or even now as we see all of the recipes in video form on TikTok, how in the world?!?!
Everyone probably has had a list of books to read over the course of this year, but I didn’t start with the list I had made (insert facepalm here)! Nor do I even know where the list has gone.
So maybe some recommendations would be in order. My favorite book is the Bible! It is so full of information for our daily lives!
What is RICH?
One of my favorite verses is John 10:10, which tells us that Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life! Wow! A RICH and SATISFYING life!
Jesus came to give us a life full of blessings! But the first part of that verse warns us that the thief is coming to try and steal the Word from us, so he can kill and destroy us. So we know he is coming, we must stay on guard.
The Bible also tells us to guard our hearts above all things, yet it also says to love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) and now I feel like a whirlwind or maybe I am in a tug-of-war. BUT WAIT! Thats it! This is war!
Ok, don’t get spooked about it because we are the winners! We have to put on the Armor of God as noted in Ephesians 6:11-18.
Let’s go back to the satisfying life! What may be gratifying to you, could look very different to me. Even the word “rich” could have many diverse definitions.
But regardless, let’s imagine and dream! God plans are SO MUCH bigger than ours and if it can be accomplished by us, why would we need God? HE wants us to have a vision that there is NO WAY we could achieve on our own!
My goal is to win as many souls for the Kingdom, as is humanly possible! I want to use every avenue available! I WANT TO GO BEYOND ALL!!!
There was a moment when Moses had the nerve to ask God what his name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the name he gave is recorded in the original Hebrew as YHWH.
Over time we’ve arbitrarily added an “a” and an “e” in there to get YaHWeH, presumably because we have a preference for vowels. But scholars and rabbis have noted that the letters YHWH represent breathing sounds, or aspirated consonants. When pronounced without intervening vowels, it actually sounds like breathing. YH (inhale): WH (exhale).
So a baby’s first cry, his first breath, speaks the name of God. A deep sigh calls His name – or a groan or gasp that is too heavy for mere words. Even an atheist would speak His name unaware that their very breathe is giving constant acknowledgment to God. Likewise, a person leaves this earth with their last breath, when God’s name is no longer filing their lungs.
So when I can’t utter anything else, is my cry calling out His name?
Being alive means I speak His name constantly. Is it heard the loudest when I’m the quietest?
In sadness, we breathe heavy sighs. In joy, our lungs feel almost like they will burst. In fear we hold our breath and have to be told to breathe slowly to help us calm down. When we’re about to do something hard, we take a deep breath to find our courage.
When I think about it, breathing is giving him praise. Even in the hardest moments!
This is so beautiful and fills me with emotion every time I grasp the thought. God chose to give himself a name that we can’t help but speak every moment we’re alive. All of us, always, everywhere. Waking, sleeping, breathing, with the name of God on our lips.
– author unknown
The day is almost over, here where I l live and it’s time for me to do a little reflecting. I made a huge pot of soup yesterday, so I would have it to eat throughout today. My intentions have failed today, or that is sure the way it feels to me.
Later in the afternoon, I did wind up eating a little bit of the soup, but had no original plans to eat out. However, the Trio, complete with a veggie sandwich, loaded potato soup, and Caesar salad, from Nanny Goats did hit the spot. I also was not successful in passing up the mini candy bars.
On top of all that, I joined a Healthy Wage Challenge to get back on track with my “Fit and Fabulous by 50” goals. I’ll have to elaborate more on that soon! I have been recruiting for that as well.
For now, I will know that tomorrow is a new day. A fresh start is definitely in order. More organization and some list completions will also be expected.
I love cheering you on with your journey. Thanks for rooting for me too!
Today is my son, Dalton’s birthday! In my quest of being intentional, Brad and I are going to take him to lunch! I would love for you to meet him!
What can I say about Dalton, from “mom’s perspective”? So many things! Dalton is a handsome guy and single (wink, wink)! He is extremely responsible. A self taught, Graphic Designer, at the top of his field!
If you are looking for funny and always enthusiastic, look no further. I like to think he has taken some ques from his momma in the projection of positivity! If there is a choice, the glass is always half full!
Creativity oozes from every fiber of his being. Need action? This is your guy! Definitely a problem-solver!
He is a sports car enthusiast, has moved into the realm of motorcycles, and owns his home. Now, I am working on pulling him into the wonderful world of Jeeps! This momma wasn’t too excited about the motorcycle, but he proved his maturity. Safety class, prior to purchase? CHECK!
I could go on and on, BUT today I am anticipating our lunch date! So I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite pics.
This post wont be long today, but I want to tell you about a Jeep Meet! What is this, you say? A group of jeep-enthusiasts coming together to maybe have dinner or to go wheeling.
There are a lot of Jeep groups out there. Many have planned events throughout each month. Some even arrange fun times one time every week.
We have been encouraging our kids to be involved and even gotten our grandbabies involved. Our oldest little princess is now 5 years old. She had gotten very vocal about wanting to join in the festivities!
SPREAD SOME CHEER
Tonight we will be hanging with a few groups together around a table of food. I also have a bag of ducks for Alyssa to spread some ducky-love. But that is a post for another time.
I want all of my grandbabies to enjoy time spent with Mimi and Poppy. I want them to learn what it means to love intentionally – even with Jeeps and Tacos!
Do you think accountability as a blessing? Let’s look, together, at the meaning of the word. Merriam-Webster‘s dictionary defines “accountability” as –especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
Now truly, there are some people that may look at having someone to be accountable to as a curse. But the reality is, to be a productive member of society requires us to not go about life freely with no boundaries. We need guidelines to live by.
HAVE YOU FALLEN INTO THE TRAP?
I believe we all have an obligation to ourselves and those around us to be responsible. But, oh! How easy it is to fall into the traps of lazy or being undisciplined. I was complaining to myself about me last night regarding this very thing!
Colossians 3:23 says, “Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.” Now I don’t know about you, but I sure do not want to be accused of ‘putting my heart and soul’ into being lazy!
And Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us to do everything with all of our might! Regarding this scripture, I sure don’t want to be lazy nor undisciplined with ‘all my might’. If I am going to work at something, I sure want it to accomplish something amazing!
Isn’t it interesting how being accountable encourages us to be the best version of ourselves? I don’t want anyone viewing me as lazy, especially Jesus who has done so much for me! I want to be the person that the Bible talks about. The one that Jesus is proud of!
I want my adoration and honor for Him to show! Not just to others, but to Jesus. And it isn’t because of what HE does for me. But because of who HE is!
Being accountable, also means being correctable. An irresponsible person many times will get disgruntled at the mere mention of reformation. But the Word of God tells us that God corrects and disciplines those HE loves! (Proverbs 3:12, Hebrews 12:6)
So while it may not feel like it is our good fortune at the moment, having accountability is such a blessing. Because it is for HIS great love for us!
What are some benefits you have experienced by having someone (or something) to hold you accountable? Drop me a line! I would love to hear from you!