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Doable resolutions for 2019.

I think that’s the key. Doable. Resolutions should be doable. They should also be something I’m actually interested in accomplishing. That’s where I’ve messed up in the past.

So, this year, I’m excited. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 things. Things I really want. Things I really believe I can accomplish.

  1. Read 12 books I have never read before.Sure, I’m an English major. You’d be shocked by the lack of reading in my life, though. After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is sit down and stretch my mind more by reading. This year, instead of spending such an exorbitant amount of time on social media, I’m turning to healthier outlets. My question is, what books should be on this reading list? Comment and let me know!

    P.S. I’m also starting a Book Journal. I have quite a few ideas for my own. If you’re interested – Check out this awesome post: https://pageflutter.com/reading-journal/

  2. Fast once per week.If there is one spiritual discipline I struggle with, it would be fasting. Disciplining myself to think of the eternal more than the earthly. Focusing on what really matters. Giving up something. Denying myself. Fasting a meal, social media, or spending. I need to reimplement this in my life, and I think once a week is a good (but doable) start.
  3. Blog every 10-14 days.Keep up with my writing. Work towards more followers. I’m praying that my blog becomes even more of a ministry and touches lives.
  4. Exercise a minimum of 10 minutes a day, 3 days per week.It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But, it’s a start. To be frankly honest, some weeks I don’t do any exercise, especially in the winter months. My hub is super logical, and he suggested this goal. I’m super pumped, because it doesn’t even overwhelm me. By the end of 2019, I hope to be blowing this goal out of the water!

 

So, friend, what about you? Any resolutions for 2019? I’d love for you to comment & let me know! <<Don’t forget – make them doable… and something you really want to accomplish!>>

Happy New Year to all of you! Thanks for following along on my blogging journey!

 

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Who do you need Baby Jesus to be?

C H R I S T M A S.

It feels as if the last month my life has been spinning, spinning, spinning. . .  and refusing to stop. Parties, decorating, baking, wrapping, working, shopping, planning, eating, celebrating. . . and then – repeat the list all over again!

Is anyone with me that, while this is the most wonderful time of the year, this is also the most emotional time of the year? Two weeks ago I almost fell apart. The week was so busy that I didn’t know how I was going to function. Every day tasks became ginormous obstacles. I know I tend to be dramatic, but this time I’m being serious. The Christmas joy & festive spirit seemed to be afar off.

Somehow, at Christmastime, we tend to be faced not only with busyness, but also with an enormous amount of feelings. Some wonderful, some painful. Wanting the perfect Christmas that is always just out of reach. Facing feelings of hurt and disappointment from friends and family. Longing for a closer relationship with Jesus during this time of year but being bombarded by many things trying to keep you from attaining that goal. Struggling with feelings of discontentment as we see how all our friends celebrate their holiday, seemingly bigger and better than we do.

All of this and more.

Perhaps that’s why this one question has been spinning around in the head for the past few weeks.

 

Who do I need Baby Jesus to be this Christmas?

 

Ask yourself. Do it. I dare you.

We each bring different emotions, situations, personalities, hearts, and lives to the manger this Christmas.

As you stand in front of the manger, do you see Baby Jesus for who He is? Baby Jesus is everything, friend. Everything. No questions asked. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth for YOU. Jesus is the answer.

 

So, who do you need Baby Jesus to be?

 

Are you in need of Immanuel this Christmas? God WITH you. Every moment. Every second. Never to leave or forsake you. Ever present. Ever with you.

Do you need a Healer this Christmas? Is your heart broken? Has your life fallen apart this year? Baby Jesus came to put all those pieces back together. He came that you might have life. Abundant, full life.

Do you need a Counselor this Christmas? Do you need someone to hear you out, listen to your woes, care for your heart?

Do you need a Savior this Christmas? Are you far away from freedom? Are you bound by chains of sin? Baby Jesus is the Chain Breaker. He came to save your soul. Turn your night to day.

What about Peace? Are you lacking quiet and tranquility of soul? The peace of Jesus transcends understanding and comprehension.

What about Light? Is your way dark? Is the path you are taking in life dismal and dejected? How long has it been since you have seen and truly appreciated the light of day? Jesus proclaims that He is the Light of the World – YOUR world!

Do you need a Comforter this Christmas? Are you trapped in grief? Have you lost someone close to you, in death or separation? Are you in the process of watching your loved one go through the worst thing imaginable? When we mourn, He mourns with us. When we cry, He keeps track of our tears. Don’t lose heart. Run to the indescribable, comforting arms of Jesus.

Do you need a Master? Are you tired of the struggle? Do you need someone to take control of your heart, your life, your desires, your plans, your dreams, your wishes? Jesus is the Lord of Lords. He rules. He reigns. He is more than capable of directing your life. Will you let him?

Do you need a (fill in the blank) this Christmas? Whatever your need, Baby Jesus is the ANSWER.

 

Don’t leave this holiday season more broken than you were at the beginning. Come to the manger. Discover Baby Jesus to be everything you need this Christmas.

 

 

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The day after Thanksgiving.

Oh, sweet Thanksgiving. I mean, really. There isn’t much better than a day or three spent with family RIGHT before the busiest time of the year. The classics like creamy mashed potatoes, pecan pie, sweet potato casserole, and a yummy ham — all help make the holiday that much more amazing. Throw in a couple competitive family games and lots of laughs and storytelling — and you have a pretty good picture of what my day looked like.

I’m abundantly blessed. And so are you.

I find myself, though, every single Thanksgiving a little bit stressed. These are the thoughts running through my brain. “Am I being thankful enough today?” “Have I sent all my friends a text saying that I appreciate them?” “Am I feeling as happy as I should be today?” “Should I post something on social media to make sure people know I’m thankful for all my blessings?”

Pressure. Pressure to ensure that I’m living up to the spirit of Thanksgiving. The spirit of gratitude and appreciation.

Whenever I’m feeling frustrated or frazzled, I turn to my best friend. . .  who also happens to be my husband (AKA – 💙Hub💙). Hub is super patient and such a good listener. Turns out that I am a little more emotional of a human being than he is. 😂😉 Normally, I can’t see past the next five minutes when I am feeling overwhelmed about something. I also tend to bring stress upon myself and blow things (at least a little) out of proportion. 😬

As I was unloading all this to hub yesterday – and finally “got it all out.” He just stopped me and said something like this. “Babe, Thanksgiving is not just a one-day thing. It’s more about being thankful always, not feeling pressured to get it all in today. You are thankful; don’t make yourself feel that you’re not.”

Well, duh. . . I knew that. Sometimes, though, it takes hearing it at just the right moment in order for it to truly sink in.

So, this is the truth.

Nothing really changes the Day after Thanksgiving.

When I woke up today, I have. . .

  • The same blessings.
  • The same God on my side.
  • The same loving hub.
  • The same amazing family.
  • The same faithful friends.
  • The same church in which to worship.
  • The same country, full of freedom and opportunity.
  • The same job, where I can learn and grow and become a better teacher.
  • The same cute, little house.
  • The same necessities. (i.e. Furniture, Clothes, Shoes, Glasses, Towels)
  • The same extras. (i.e. Wifi, Phone, Computer, Camera, Cute Home Decor)
  • The same personality, with all its uniqueness.
  • The same life, with all its areas for growth.

And, if you think about it, friend. . . You have a list that looks pretty similar to this, too!

T H A N K S G I V I N G  is not just a day. It’s a lifestyle.

Join me in celebrating gratitude on the Day after Thanksgiving.

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