One Word

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It is the start of a new year.  It is a time for making decisions about goals and aspirations for the new year.  It is a time for dreaming and imagining all the possibilities that life has to offer through God’s goodness and mercy.  Starting last year I chose to stop pursuing the idea of making resolutions I knew I would inevitably fail at reaching due to circumstances or choice.  Instead for 2014, I decided to embrace several words for the year – including #Create, #Delight and #Write.  These are words that embrace the path I would like to see my life take in the coming months.  I want to create memories with my children.  I want to create a lasting impact in our children for God’s Kingdom.  I want to create a lasting love of learning in everything we do for our homeschool. As a result of this desire to create, one of the Life Verses I have chosen is Psalm 51:10.  I want a clean heart that helps to renew a right spirit within me:

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I want our family to spend time creating art, journals and other things that bring glory to God.  My plan is to spend time working on Bible Journaling, Art projects, journaling, writing and other ways of creating memories and tangible items.

For this year, I also want to delight in every aspect of our life.  I want to delight in all the changes that are around us.  I want our children to delight in the world around them as well.  I want them to focus on the delights of the world rather than concentrating on the negatives.  I want our family to delight in God’s Word and in spending time intentionally with Him.  Delighting in the Lord leads to greater joy, contentment and vision for the future.

My second Life Verse is:

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When we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.  It may not come in our time or be what we thought we actually wanted, but instead it may be something far greater.

So what is going on with you today?  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

#Delight  #Write  #Create #OneWord365

 

 

Preparing for 2016

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  So 2015 is quickly winding down and 2016 is fast approaching.  Last year, I read all over the Internet about picking a word for the year.  So I picked “Create” and I still plan on using that as one of my words and verses for the year.

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I want to continue “creating” in 2016.  I wat to create memories, dreams and new adventures with our family as we transition from life in central Pennsylvania to life in Texas.  I want to “delight” in where we are being placed by God.  I want to find the desires of my heart and work towards reaching those dreams.  I want to look to God as the source of my strenght and delight.  Even though I may not understand His plan for my life, I can choose to bloom where He has and is planting me.

In 2016, I want to strive to help my children reach towards these ideas ass well – especially in our homeschooling adventure.  Some many opportunities and doors will be opening with this move even though some doors are closing.  All my life I have lived on the East Coast, so this is a new adventure.  May God bless our steps and lead our paths in the ways He would have us go.

I also want to work on my Bible Journaling more.  I want to spend more time in meaningful interaction with my heavenly Father.  I also want to spend more time on creative pursuits – including crocheting, quilting,  and learning other artisitic pursuits.

I pray for your Christmas or holidays to be blessed.  Enjoy your time with your family and friends.

“K” is for Kids and Kingdoms

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I am still taking part in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Challenge for April.  Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “K”.  “K” is for kids.  We have four fantastic kids.  We have three sons and a daughter.  They are the light of my life.  I love them with all my heart.  We homeschool all four of them, which means  I get to spend time with them.  Our kids keep life exciting.  With them there is never a dull moment in our home.  They constantly amaze me with the things they do.

“K” is also for kingdoms.  The most important kingdom is the kingdom of God.  Then of course there are all the kings that are mentioned in the Bible.  Finally there are the other kingdoms which occur throughout history.  These kingdoms provide us with direction and guidance.  They help us know what to do and what not to do.

What comes to mind when you hear the letter “K”.  I look forward to hearing from you.

“D” is for

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Today is day 4 of the Ultimate Blog challenge and the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  Today’s letter is “D”.

“D” is for Dennis, who is my fantastic husband.  He is my soul mate.  He truly is the love of my life.

“D” is for daring.  With three sons and one daughter in our home, there is a never a dull moment.  They constantly perform daring stunts and feats.

“D” is for darling daughter.  My youngest child is my only girl and she truly is a darling daughter.  I love watching her grow into the young woman she will become.

“D” is for disciples.  Our family strives to be disciples of Christ.  We are a work in progress, but I pray for God to lead, guide and direct our paths.

“D” is for delight as in Psalm 37:4 as shown above.

“D” is also for dreams – the dreams I have for our children and their futures.  I also have dreams for my husband and me as well.

So these are some of the things that come to mind when I hear the letter “D”  What do you think of when you hear the letter “D”?  I look forward to hearing from you.

January 2, 2015 – A Blank Slate

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The new year has just begun and 2014 is history.  The new year holds all sorts of possibilities and opportunities.  It is time to say good bye to the old (especially if it did not work well), and welcome the potential for change.  I am currently working on getting things organized for homeschooling starting back on Monday.  In addition I am participating in several other opportunities including:  Documented Faith, Documented Life, Take Me Deeper 2015, and trying to expand my horizons by working on a masters degree, continuing to blog, supporting my husband and trying to keep up with the home.

For the last couple of years, I have heard constant mention about choosing a life verse.  So 2015 is the year I decided to embrace the challenge and select a verse.  It wasn’t easy.

What are your thoughts and intentions for the new year.  I would love to hear from you.

New Year’s Day

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So it is the start of a new year with endless possibilities.  For this year, I have chosen my main word of the year to be “create” and I shared yesterday why.

But I have chosen two other words as well.  I have chosen “delight” from the verse Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.  I want to choose this year to delight in the Lord, in my family, our church, our homeschooling and life in general.

Another word I have chosen is “faith” from the verse Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”  This is one of Dennis’ favorite verses to preach on and I love hearing it.  It speaks to my heart and my soul.

Finally another word I have chosen is “trust”.  I know in the coming months with Dennis reenlisting and preparing to also enroll in the seminary for his masters degree in divinity and the possibility of an impending move from PCS orders, trust is going to become important.  I love the verses found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”  I loved hearing this verse in the movie, “Flywheel”.

So what is your word and/or verse for the year?  I look forward to hearing from you.