Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Joy

A few days ago, Chris and I went for a motorcycle ride. The weather was nice, the trees were beautiful; spring is wonderful. We went to Shawnee Mission Lake where the dogs get to run free and play in the lake. It was such fun watching the dozens and dozens of dogs.

I couldn't stop smiling! What is up with that? There are things going on in life that hurt, that make me angry. Money...ugh! Yet, on the flip side, the simplest things; a motorcycle ride, the green trees, happy dogs...they filled me with joy.

I realized that day that as quickly as I get frustrated or sad, I can get encouraged and glad!

Joy is simple. Joy is healing.

What is making you smile today?

What did make you smile today?

Saturday, January 31, 2009

You

What if you could see yourself
through another pair of eyes?
And what if you could hear the truth,
instead of old familiar lies?
Big Daddy Weave

What truth do you need to hear today? What truth can YOU tell YOURSELF today?

Go to the mirror. Look at your reflection. Repeat these words:

You are important.
You are valuable.
You are the best!
You are beautiful.

Smile at yourself. You are worth it! Replace the self-condemnation, old familiar lies, with positive and encouraging truth.

Now...go to the mirror!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Smile!

I dare you to smile at everyone you come in contact with today. I would love to hear the reactions you get from your smiles.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Celebrate

Hello. Life is moving right along. My Life Notebook isn't a life saver. It is a tool...a great tool! I have to choose to use it. The past few days have been difficult as far as keeping up on the schedule. Chris has been home and that throws me off my groove a bit. I love being with him and I am not complaining...it is just different when he has my attention. Today he is working on a small job so we will do our best to get things done this morning. I pray that God will bless me, and all of us who are organizing life, and my efforts. Amen!

Yesterday my first nephew, Caden, turned three. Wow...when I say life is moving right along it really is. Caden and his mama, Jaime, lived with us for the first 2 years of his life. He is very special. Birthdays are a big deal to me and it is my heart to really celebrate the life of my loved ones.

Today, Chris and I are going to pick Caden up and take him out for ice cream.

Today, Chris and I are setting a little bit of time aside to let Caden know he is a blessing and that we celebrate him.

Life, it is worth celebrating. How can you celebrate today?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A New Year... A New Me...the process continues

It is 2009! One year ago I was pondering the difficult year I had just gone through. Today I am pondering all that I actually accomplished in 2008.

I attended, and completed, BreakThrough. I began attending a women's group. I read a lot of books...two of them were life changing; The Shack and So You Don't Want to go to Church Anymore. I completed my Life Notebook.

While these things may seem minimal, they are HUGE.

BT began a process of growth and change that is amazing. The women's group is a continuation of that process. The Shack reminded me of the love of Papa God and led me to really know I am accepted by Him. So You Don't Want to go to Church Anymore challenged my thinking about church, about community, and the body of Christ. Both of these books are fiction and they both led me to powerful truths. Completing my Life Notebook has been in the making for over a year. Completing it is a big deal!!

It sounds like 2008 was all about me. Well, maybe it was. I'm worth it.

Reality... the more I do for ME the better I am for my family and the closer our relationships are. Chris and I are growing together and I am learning to be a better Mom. Life is exciting!

2009 is going to be great. I can feel it.

Each day I live, I want to be a day to give the best of me
~ from One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston