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Meet Dalton

Meet Dalton

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.

The Blessing of Accountability

The Blessing of Accountability

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!

STAND OUT

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!

 

Met With Frustration

Met With Frustration

Yesterday, I met with frustration. This meeting was completely unpleasant. Of course, I’m not sure who would enjoy such an encounter.

It happened on my pursuit of being intentional with family. Defining expectations can be a daunting feat, unless nipped in the beginning. A wise person once told me that it was much easier to tighten reins than it is to loosen them.

LIKE A SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL…..

What a profound statement?! If the requirements are known ahead of time, boundaries have a place. With the unknown, chaos rules.

There is no God in chaos. The Bible tells us that God isn’t part of disorder, but he is all about peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33) Additionally, Proverbs 11:14 says, “People lose their way without wise leadership.”

So today, prayer thrives. Growing up, I was always intrigued with the story of Solomon. This man that asked God for wisdom. God granted his request and gave him riches untold.

I don’t need the riches untold, but I sure need the wisdom!

So pray and agree with me, that I will handle all things well and with much wisdom. What can I agree in prayer for you about? Let me know!

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

I started reading the Book of Revelation from the Bible. To be honest, there is a lot of it that I haven’t understood. That hasn’t stopped me, as I continue reading.

The interesting part for me, is the stuff I do understand. Some of it seems like such a mystery. Yet, much more of it doesn’t.

Regardless, on my quest of being intentional, I will stay persistent to the course. I am determined to put good things into my mind and heart!

THE NERVE!!

I have been accused of being “too positive”. Wait, what? How can this be? Imagine! Being too positive! How dare?!

It’s really kind of funny! Like how is that even a thing? As opposed to being too negative? THANKS!! I’ll take it!

What goes in, will come out! So I will keep reading. Whether it be Revelation or Proverbs or any part of the Bible. Maybe some other uplifting book or article or quite possibly something to learn from.

What are you being intentional about today?

 

HELLO 2022!

HELLO 2022!

HELLO 2022! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we embark into this new year, I want to post a word of encouragement to you all! I have been pondering and praying about many things going forward. Through the years, several plans have been made and haven’t followed through, but only I can make things different.

We cannot keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results. Have you heard that is the same thing as insanity? Not sure if it is true, but we could decide it could be one of them.

ONE WORD

I am clinging to one word for this year. My word is – INTENTIONAL. I have so many areas that I can apply this, as I am sure you do as well. I am going to try to start with this blog, to make myself accountable.

Not in any particular order, but some ways that I am determined to implement this application are:

  1. be INTENTIONAL with my relationship with Jesus.
  2. be INTENTIONAL with family.
  3. be INTENTIONAL with healthy living.
  4. be INTENTIONAL in finances.

There are so many more that I could add. However, we all know that it is not a good idea to overwhelm ourselves. The world is filled with too much anxiety as it is.

Finding the determination to stay the course or make this year better than the last few have been might be a task.  At the end of 2022, I want to say it has been the BEST year of my life! Therefore, the challenges will have been worth it!

Also, the big 5-0 will happen for me this year and I intend to celebrate in some ways for the entire year! I have some amazing plans! If they play out the way I want, I will be visiting family, going to Disney, attending some other important events.

We also have more grandbabies on the way, which is EXTREMELY exciting! In just a few short days, we will meet our first grandson! We have anticipated his arrival for many years!

I would love for you to share in this journey with me! If you don’t have a word for this year, I hope this inspires you to come up with one! And if you do have one, would you comment?

Thanks in advance for sharing!

Jireh You Are Enough

Jireh You Are Enough

Genesis 22 tells the account of Abraham’s part in the covenant with God being tested. But in facing the unthinkable, he knew that God would provide and God did!

Verse 14 tells us that Abraham named the place “The Lord will provide”. This name has now become a proverb: “on the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided.”

If we were to analyze a list of things that concern us, how many would fall in to the basic needs category? When we are lacking something we truly need, do we say out of our mouths – “The Lord will provide”?

As Abraham continued up the mountain with Issac, he continued to trust the Lord (read for yourself) and now later generations look at that mountain and recall what God had done. May we always take a moment to remember HIS mercies to us!

Prayer: Father God, You are full of power and might! Time and time again, we have experienced you are the Lord who provides. Forgive us for worrying about our needs and even relying on our own efforts to meet those needs.  Forgive us for the times when our fears overshadow Your faithfulness. Thank you for reminding us continually that You are faithful and trustworthy and that you delight in providing our needs! Thank you that we are more important than the lilies of the fields and the sparrows! Amen.

 

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