Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Finding Refreshment

January is always a hard month for me as I really depend on sunshine, being outdoors which is usually pretty difficult in the dead of winter and time with people to boost my spirits! 

Unfortunately, this January has not been any different.  Matt and I have both battled discouragement during the last 2 to 3 weeks.  We had a lot of committments to start the year off which was hard because of having so much "together" time in December with Christmas break.  Drastic changes are hard in life no matter how much you prepare for them or experience them.  We also got sick with flu/cold symptoms that have hung on for at least a week and a half.  Furthermore, we were not getting much encouragement from other friends and family as many were drained themselves.

With this all going on we asked various people in our lives for extra prayers and reached out.  Once we did this and started to focus our energies on other things besides ourselves, we started to be encouraged.  We had an awesome turn out at our Community Group that we lead, we were finally starting to feel better and I was hungry to read the Bible and be encouraged through God's truths.

Why does it take us so long to share with others and turn our thoughts and eyes on God, the giver of good gifts and promises?  Everyone on this earth is struggling or will struggle with various things in our lives.  We are called to encourage one another through God's word and deeds.

Who might be someone that you could encourage today?   

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What Shall I Do With My 365 Days This Year?

A regular at the coffee shop came in yesterday, the 2nd of January and shared about how someone she was listening to on the radio mentioned about how each year is made up of 365 days and how are you going to spend them.  When you hear the number 365, that seems like a lot less than a year.  Isn't it funny how our brain works?  I like this perspective on the upcoming year and it is making me ponder how I would like to spend each day and what I would like to accomplish this year.  However, first, I would like to think about all of the things I am grateful for in my life.

- My husband Matt and son Caleb
- My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that I am a new creation with his death and resurrection on the cross.
- The Holy Spirit for his ongoing conviction in my life and bringing me back each time to want to be more like Jesus
- Living in the wonderful community of Mt. Vernon
- Matt's job so that I can only work part-time
- My job at Witte's End Coffee shop that I absolutely love
- Lattes and espresso
- My family and friends who are so supportive
- The ability to run, walk and be healthy
- Our church, Stonebridge.  It is filled with so many wonderful people!
- food!  I am a foodie, it is true. :)

This time last year with a newborn, I had a lot of desires and goals which I wanted to do but knew that it was not the time.  Now with a one-year old, I have some goals and hopes as well but I realize that things have changed; in a good way and my goals will be more realistic and simple!

My goals/hopes for 2013:

- Pray more
- Spend more time reading my Bible
- Keep our kitchen counter mostly clear
- Continue to exercise regularly
- Spend as much time with Matt & Caleb as I can
- Invest in people and share about why I have hope in this life here on earth

Do you have any goals/hopes that you look forward to trying out this year?