Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I don't look at the New Year as a time to set unrealistic goals. I mean if I have never ran 15 miles in a week in my entire life, if in fact I fractured two tarsals the last time I jogged, what makes me think that on January 1, I'll automatically be changed into a marathon runner and resolve to run 15 miles every day including Sundays. Yeah. I'm setting myself up for failure followed by self-flagellation.
I'm not saying don't improve, set goals, or any of that, I'm just saying be realistic.
A good goal for me in the above case would be to plan to exercise or walk a few times a week until I built up speed and stamina. It's not likely that I will ever run 15 miles a day. Not even sure I'd want to.
One of my top New Year's resolutions through the years was to quit smoking. On the stroke of midnight would be my fresh new life. I can't tell you how many times I failed simply because I thought it had to be at the stroke of midnight and if I forgot the time or the fact that I quit....I tossed it for another year.
I finally did quit smoking. On September 16, 2004 at 6:35am.
Not the first of the year, the month, the week, or even the day. But it was the beginning of a new lifestyle.
So instead of setting resolutions, I more consider it like mapping out the coordinates for the journey called next year. They are flexible because life happens and unknown quantitatives are hidden behind the most innocuous space debris. You never know when you are going to suddenly find a foe scarier than the Crystaline Entity trying to rip away your shields and chew through your ship's hull.
It always helps to remember that though you sit in the captain's chair in your own life, God is the Commander and He always has your back. He is always on His throne. He is always good and faithful.
I usually ask the Lord for a word that will be prominent in my life for the year. Last year my word was Hope.
This year my word is LIGHT.
I want to be the light of Christ shining into the dark places in the world. I want to be His hands and feet. I want to be a tool for the Lord, not for my glory but for His.
As far as more tangible goals most of mine are recons rather than new territory. And it's getting back to my healthy ways that kind of went by the wayside when I started a second and third job. But I got into my "skinny" jeans and I want to stay there!
My biggest goal is being a better time manager. I believe God is calling me to be a better steward of my time.
I find myself hopeful for this year to be better than the last few years have been.
So what are your resolutions, goals or dreams for 2013?
Saturday, December 31, 2011
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is taken from Biblegateway.com NIV version.
I have many things I want to accomplish this year, just as always. I have always loved the feeling of a clean slate. I know I will mess up occassionally, but I am focused on living for God, doing everything as if doing unto the Lord not unto man.
And I feel so much peace, joy, and hope for the year that were absent in other years. And all that these last three hard years have taught me, I will use as I dive into 2012.
Now, to tackle time management. :D
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
To celebrate this charming novel about a dating expert who's never had a date, Susan has put together a romantic night on the town for one lucky couple. One grand prize winner will receive a Miss Foolish Heart prize package worth over $200!
The winner of the Romantic Night on the Town Prize Pack will receive:
* A $100 Visa Gift Card (For Dinner)
* A $100 Gift Certificate to a Hyatt/Marriott Hotel
* The entire Deep Haven series
To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on June 16th. The winner will be announced that evening during Susan’s Miss Foolish Heart Party on Facebook! Susan will be chatting with guests, hosting a book club chat about My Foolish Heart, testing your Deep Haven trivia skills, and giving away tons of great stuff! (Gift certificates, books, donuts, and more!) Don't miss the fun and BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
My Foolish heart
Unknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven , Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door.
Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast.
Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?
Read an excerpt here: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/novels/contemporary-romance/
Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia , Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota ’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.
Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder ofwww.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.
Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota , where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)
A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:www.susanmaywarren.com.
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