It’s 2015. I’m back, and I have some goals.

Like it or not, it’s a new year, and I’m back to blogging!

With a new year come new goals.

My verse for the year is Ephesians 4:29. Words can hurt, or words can help. I get to choose. God has given me the gift of words; it’s my opportunity to use them to His glory.

Here are my two simple goals for the year:

  • Finish organizing my office.

My fantastic mother-in-law has set me up for success with this one. She not only spearheaded the effort to put together the shelves I purchased for the room, but she also has unpacked most of the boxes in that room. All I have to do is purge some things and organize it. Really, it’s that simple.

  • Build relationships.

I’m great at making plans that never happen. Months may pass by before I realize I have no idea what’s happening in a friend’s life. This year, I’m not going to wait until that “perfect moment” to get together with someone. This year, I’m just going to invite someone over for tea, or supper or whatever. It doesn’t matter if the kids interrupt 150 times, or if I haven’t mopped the floor in a while, or if I still have a messy pile of mail on the table. People are important. Relationships are important. Letting God use you in someone else’s life is important.

Do you have any goals for the year? Please share!

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30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 19: Living in a Country with Religious Freedom

Today, I am thankful that I live in a country where I can proclaim to be a Christian, generally without fear of being arrested or much worse.

Although Christians in America are becoming increasingly targeted and bullied for their beliefs, America does still stand for religious freedom.

Did you know that some Christians around the world aren’t even allowed to own a Bible, let alone talk about what’s in it? Others are cast from their families and their communities for their beliefs. Others are subjected to much worse torture. I encourage you to remain educated on what’s happening so that we can help our brothers and sisters around the world. Voice of the Martyrs is a good place to start.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 11: Having a Home Church

Today, I am thankful for a church family and a church home.

Over the past several years, Ben and I have made Gateway Church our church home, and the people there are our church family.

We appreciate that the messages are Bible centered. (Yes, believe it or not, there are some churches who offer non-Bible-centered messages.)

We appreciate the children’s programming.

We appreciate the life groups.

We appreciate the many other activities that bring us closer together.

If you live in our area, check it out!

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 5: Food

Today, I am thankful for food. I am thankful both for the richness of the foods God has provided for us on this earth and for the ability to feed my family each day.

Matthew 25:35 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 3: Children

Today, I am thankful for children, especially the two I am blessed with.

Psalm 127:3-5

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

Children are worth saving. Children are worth having. Children are worth protecting.

Take good care of yours, and find an organization in your community that puts effort into this.

Here’s one in mine: Hancock County Women’s Resource Center.

Here’s another that helps kids in Haiti: Mission Possible.

Both are great organizations, and there are many more doing great work.

Photo by Levenhagen Photography

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30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 2: My Husband

Today, I am thankful for my husband.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ben’s a real good guy. He strives to glorify God, and he is conscious of his responsibility as the spiritual leader of our family. He always has made me feel special and loved, and he’s funny, too. He makes me laugh often. He’s also handy around the house. I’ll keep him.

Photo below by Levenhagen Photography.

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