Thursday, May 19, 2011

(Repost) In one minute...

This is an older post I found, but wanted to repost today.
(with a few edits...)

Have you ever thought about the significance of one minute? We live such busy lives in our society these days that a minute seems to not have much importance. However, in just one minute (60 seconds), lives can change...

In one minute... Olympian sets a new record
...a man and woman say "I do" and a new family is born
... a puppy jumps out of a beautifully wrapped box and licks your face
...20 babies are born in the United States
...a butterfly emerges from a chrysalis being given new life
...a starving child receives a bite of food and life is extended one more day
...a broken relationship begins the path to reconciliation
...a cure has been discovered for a disease
...the first snowflake of winter begins to fall
...the phone rings and your life is never the same
...a teenager decides to try drugs "just this once"
...the winds of a hurricane begin to blow expectant mother miscarries the precious life growing inside her and her life will never be the same airplane plunges into the World Trade Center
...the stock market plummets as do your earnings
...the divorce papers have been signed and you feel like a failure
...the doctor walks into the room with a new diagnosis
...10 people in the United States take their last breath
And in the most important minute of your life, you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, turning away from a life that pleases this world to a life that pleases Him. Your minutes begin to be led by Him, you begin to see things in a different light, your faith begins to grow as you trust that He is the Lord of everything, even down to the darkest minute of your life.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12) In one minute, your life can change. Have you played out the most important minute of your life? Did you once, but have turned away? It takes just one minute to turn back, to accept and to begin to follow.

I pray today is your day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bringing Home Winnie Bea!

Meet the newest member of our family...

Our kids have been begging for a dog for about a year. We have been putting them off or just flat out saying "no". We are a busy family and have two cats and two guinea pigs. A few weeks ago, Jason and I started talking about the reasons why we've been telling the kids "no", and honestly, all our reasons were pretty selfish (extra responsibility, walking in the snow, one more thing, etc, etc). We came to the agreement that our kids are only kids once, they are at good ages now to bring in a puppy, and we want them to have the memories of growing up with a family dog.

So, the search began. After having a successful adoption of our two cats, we began the adoption pursuit. However, the process was very frustrating. I am NOT discouraging adoption at all, please know that! Our situation was a little different, I think. We wanted a particular breed of dog, knowing that this dog would come into a family with three children and two cats. We also wanted a medium sized dog. We became very picky in what we were looking to adopt. We also had a very specific timeframe in that we wanted to surprise our kids Easter weekend. So, to make a long story short, the adoption route didn't work out for our specific requirements.

We were fortunate enough to find a breeder of English Bulldogs and Beagles in our neck of the woods, so we committed to the pick of the litter! We drove the kids to Amish country on Friday, took them to lunch and then told them we were going to visit a farm. We pulled into the farm and Jason went in to "make sure they were open" (aka...let the lady know how we would surprise the kids).

Upon entering her house, we were greeted by two teacup Yorkie puppies. Of course, we could not pry our kids from those cute tiny furballs! The breeder brought "Winnie" into the room and the kids seriously wanted nothing to do with her because of these Yorkies! So, we had to encourage them to notice Winnie and to play with her also.

Winnie was adorable! She's so awkward and clumsy and had the biggest belly I'd ever seen! Her paws are big and her docked tail was wagging 90 mph! Jason began asking the kids questions about Winnie and asked them if they liked her. They said yes, and he said, "It's a good thing, because she's yours!". I think he had to repeat that 3 times before it sunk in! One started crying tears of Joys (E), one jumped up and down and did a dance of some sort (B) and one just stood in complete stunned silence (A). (Oh, and if you know Abby, she is NEVER silent...)

The ride home was pretty uneventful, with a little bit of whimpering every now and then. She is adjusting well to her new home. The first night was a little rough and I wish I'd had a camera to take a picture of Jason and I with our pillows over our head throughout most of the night, just trying to save our hearing!

We're off to the puppy well visit this morning. I'm sure we will have many updates and stories to tell. For now, enjoy these pics!

Monday, April 11, 2011


I received this in my email today.
Thought it was worth sharing.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Review: "Two Kisses for Maddy" by Matt Logelin

I have been following Matt Logelin's blog for a little over a year. Matt's story is one of gut-wrenching heartache. In a matter of just 27 hours, Matt experienced the joyful birth of his daughter and the untimely death of his wife. The story is true and it is full of love, joy, pain, sorrow, and determination.

I couldn't put this book down and finished it in 2 days. It is very well written and it is a beautiful memoir written for his daughter. Matt's determination to provide a full life for Maddy is amazing. Just one warning: have plenty of Kleenex nearby.

I'm praying that Matt will come to know the Lord and share the love of Jesus with his beautiful daughter!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Have you heard of this? I hadn't...until today.

Many things that happen in this life are not fair and are unexplainable. A dear friend of mine has this form of cancer and is in the fight of her life. I am crying out to The Great Physician to heal her body of this terrible disease. Please take the time to watch the video and learn about this form of breast cancer that is not one detected by mammogram or breast self-exams. If you suspect anything, do not wait! Early detection is the key!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Heart of Texas Movie

Jason and I just watched this movie. I am having a hard time putting into words just how powerful this story is. The movie takes place in Simonton, Texas and can only be a testament of God's amazing grace at work in the lives of people just like you and me. What begins as an unusual friendship between two families continues to be intricately woven by the hand of God when a terrible tragedy occurs; a tragedy that would by anyone's standards bring division, bitterness and hatred. If anyone questions whether there is a God, I would be willing to bet that this movie would heavily tip the scales towards His favor. No man on his own could write the same story.

I encourage you to watch this movie and then share it with your friends, coworkers, family and church community. You will be touched in an amazing way. I am definitely challenged to look at myself through the filter of forgiveness and find the areas in my life where I need to let go. The good news is, I don't have to do it on my own! Where I am weak, He is strong and I can lean on Him. Thank you, Lord!

Click here to visit the website and order the DVD.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Abby's 5!

Happy birthday to you!
You're a blessing; it's true!
Happy birthday, dear Abby!
Happy birthday to you!

5 years old!

4 years old

3 years old

2 years old

First Birthday

Precious newborn Abby

Dear Sweet Abby,
It's hard to believe that today, we are celebrating your fifth birthday! It seems like yesterday we were welcoming you into this world. When Mommy and Daddy found out we were pregnant with you, we knew that God must have a special plan for your life. Daddy couldn't stop laughing at the thought of another addition to our family. He wasn't laughing because it was funny, he was laughing because his heart was full of pure joy! When we began to decide on a name for you, we wanted to find a name that had a special meaning and was a reflection of our joyful anticipation of your birth. Abigail was the perfect choice as it means "joy of the father".

You have brought nothing less than pure joy into our lives for the five fast years you've been here. You enjoy life and have taught us so much about living in the moment. You are spunky and sassy and sweet all rolled up into one! You are beautiful, inside and out. You enjoy playing with Ben and Emily, school, your teachers and your friends. You are easily entertained and love playing with Toy Story characters, princesses and coloring. You love music and books. You are very affectionate and do not hold back in doling out the hugs and kisses! Your presence is rarely missed by anyone as your voice has a natural projection like no one else I know. We tease that you must have "ants in your pants" as sitting still doesn't happen often; you are always on the move!

We are so thankful for you and the joy you bring to our lives! Emily and Ben have written some special things to you today...

I love you, Abby!
I love how you always sing when you're swinging on the swingset.
I love how you always share with me and Ben.
I love when I get to wake you up in the mornings and you snuggle with me.
I love it when you color with me.
You are so cute!

I love you!
I love playing with you!
I love bubleing with you!
I love drawing with you!
I love wawching TV with you!
I love you because you are sweet!
I Love You!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!
We all love you!

Make a wish! (Just not for a dog, please...)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review: "Gray Matter" by David Levy, MD with Joel Patrick

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I loved this book! As a believer, I would greatly appreciate knowing my life was in the hands of a believing doctor who was not afraid to pray with me. In the second chapter, Dr. Levy talks about his decision to begin praying with his patients (notice the word with, not for...). Interestingly, he was not nervous on the way to the OR because of the brain surgery that waited for him, but because he had made up his mind to pray with the patient prior to the surgery. The book continues with true stories and is well written, easy to read and a welcomed testament of one doctor's care that goes beyond the physical needs of his patients.

This book was provided to me by Tyndale Press for the purposes of review.

Book Review: "The Sacred Journey" by Charles Foster

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This is the second work by Charles Foster that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Jesus Inquest", so was looking forward to reading "The Sacred Journey". I didn't realize when ordering this work that it is a part of a series, in actuality, the final book in a series of ancient practices. The premise of this book is that we are all wanderers at some point in our lives. Foster actually encourages the wandering, to set out on a pilgrimage to find the truth about God, himself, and the world. For it is in these times, faith is put to the test.

Foster's writing style is very easy to follow and read. I appreciate the idea of our spiritual journey as a pilgrimage. To this, I can relate. While some will have the chance to truly physically journey and make sacrifices to do so, others are not led in that direction as their journey has them in the midst of a city, in a neighborhood, in an apartment building, being Jesus to those in the immediate vicinity.

The Sacred Journey is an interesting read and is thought provoking. I didn't rate it any higher than three stars because I wasn't more impressed. I believe there's other literature that is more challenging when it comes to the search for Christ and literature that will speak to where you are in your journey today.

This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze for the purposes of review.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

And He took the children in His arms...

...placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:16

I have been reflecting the past few days on this time last year in our lives. One year ago today, we were just a few days shy of one of the most difficult times we've experienced as a family. If you read this blog, this picture might be a reminder...

What was to be an amazing road trip, planned from head to toe, took quite a detour about halfway through and landed us in the children's hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for 7 days. Abby had a severe case of pneumonia in her left lung (all lobes) complete with a pleural effusion. Little did we know, we were very close to things taking a terrible turn and yet, God had different plans for our Abby. Thank you, Lord! Not only did God heal Abby, He did so in a huge and miraculous way, without the need of any invasive treatments (outside of IV antibiotics).

I experienced first-hand what it was like to have a child who has a severe illness, to know what it's like to see your child suffering in pain and knowing your very touch, that usually comforts and soothes, actually increases the pain. It's a horrible, horrible feeling as a parent. And yet, the Great Physician healed our sweet Abby completely and did so within a handful of weeks.

I'm writing today to ask you to pray for the Great Physician to touch the lives of these two precious children. This handsome and charming red-head is in our weekly Community Bible Study group. He has been in the hospital since mid-February and his battle is not yet over. You can keep up with his progress and leave notes of encouragement for his family on this site.

This beautiful child is Kate McRae and her story is known by thousands. Kate has appeared on the Dr. Phil show and has touched hearts across the country. She has been battling brain cancer for a great portion of her short life. One glance into these eyes, and I was hooked and pray that God will heal her body completely. I cannot even imagine what her family is experiencing, the fears of what is to come, the devastation of seeing their child going through this horrible ordeal. Please add Kate to your prayer list. Kate's progress can be followed on this site.

The suffering of children is so difficult to understand. I trust in God's goodness and that He has a perfect plan. I know that He hears our prayers. Please join me in praying for complete healing for Jack and Kate!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Birds are singing...
Sun is shining...

Bulbs are emerging...

Grass is reappearing...

and yet...

Temps are cold...

Snow is forecasted...

Coats are required...

Children are stir crazy...

(or maybe just crazy...)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This is the face...

...of my sweet first born child.
...of a child "in training".
...of a child who is quickly entering the tweenage years and beginning to discover who she is.
...of a child who I am so, so proud of.
...of the face of honesty and integrity.

As a parent of young children, the days can sometimes be long and challenging. Repeating myself over and over and hoping that it somehow soaks in and wondering if this child looking back into my eyes will actually make it in this big, scary world...

We are raising our children in a Christian home, trying to get them to understand and accept that the world is not always in line with what we believe, what we hold true and our version of right and wrong. However, in the midst of what others think or believe or do, we can stand firm in our beliefs and act accordingly. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that this is easier said than done. I mean, seriously, don't we all struggle with this, even as adults? It's much easier to "blend in" than to take a stand. We are a culture of choosing the comfortable.

I just have to share this story as an encouragement to any parent who might read this. The training is rigorous and monotonous, complete with ups and downs. However, when something like this happens, it is all worth it. We definitely don't get it right every day, but the beauty of night rolling into day is a new start, a chance to make this day better than the one before. And so, we press on...

...bring (your children) up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

My sweet Em attended a sleepover on Friday. She has a fantastic group of friends and they love, love, love their time together. Thanks to the temporary insanity of another mom, Em had the opportunity to spend the night with these giggly, enthusiastic girls. Upon my arrival to pick Em up, the host mom shared with me that the girls were set to watch a movie last night. When Em learned of the title and rating, she let her friends know that she's not allowed to watch this particular movie. She opted to play outside of the room, and one of her great friends volunteered to join her.

As I was listening to this story, I didn't know whether to scream with joy or cry. I can tell you that I'm overflowing with pride and admiration for my girl who stood up for what she believed was right. It would have been much easier to go along with the plan, not saying anything, and save herself from any possible embarrassment. However, she opted to do the right thing. (Hallelujah!) What a great lesson for our family today. Doing the right thing is ok, true friends don't make fun, and feelings of guilt are avoided.

We are so proud of you, Em! What an amazing young lady you are becoming! You are a blessing to us and so many others!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: "The Jesus Inquest" by Charles Foster

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I couldn't wait to receive this book in the mail. From the moment I read the brief description of its contents, I was hooked.

"The Jesus Inquest" by
Charles Foster is written as a debate between two characters: X and Y. While X is defending the non-Christian view of the resurrection of Christ, Y is presenting the Christian view of the same event. While the reader might anticipate the entire work is a heated debate, X and Y actually share common ground throughout the presented case while also qualifying the differing points of view.

As a Christian reading this novel, I was set to find character X's points easily dismissed. However, I surprisingly learned a great deal from X's presentations. Through Foster's intense research, scholarly influences and first-hand knowledge of courtroom proceedings, "The Jesus Inquest" is masterfully written. It is not a quick read or easy read and will take extra time to complete and process.

On a side note, Foster states, and I agree, faith is not necessary to be challenged by this book.

This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze for the purposes of review.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review: iShine Bible NLT

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The iShine Bible NLT is geared to tweens. The Bible is available with a boy or girl look and is a small size that can easily be carried in a purse, backpack or on its own. Interwoven with the text of the Bible are colorful sections written to challenge tweens into reflection and deeper thought. The beginning of the Bible includes several sections, such as "What is the Bible?", "Finding Your Identity in Jesus" and "Growing in Faith". Even more impressive is a section dedicated to biblically answering some of the questions or topics tweens think about or wrestle with, such as "appearance", "anger", "cheating", "discouragement", "eternal life", "fear", "forgiveness" and much more.

The publishers of this Bible have brilliantly incorporated technology to connect to
tweens through the use of QR codes. When scanned, the codes lead to a website with either a music video or message, which has also been beautifully produced.

I am giving this Bible 5 stars and will gladly hand it over to my 10-year-old. The publishers have masterfully blended appearance, information and technology to produce a very impressive Bible for tweenagers.

*This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Book: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

I am looking forward to diving into this book by Ann Voskamp. The pre-sales of this book soared prior to its recent release. If you are interested in joining an online book club, check out this site. Word on the street is this book will change your life!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Highly Recommended: iHome iHM60 Rechargeable Mini Speakers for iPod!

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I just received this speaker in the mail yesterday. I am sharing this with you because I haven't been this impressed by a product in a long time! I ordered this myself and was not asked to write a review, but because I was so impressed with the quality of this small, very portable speaker, I added the following review to Amazon's website this morning... (I also just ordered a second one!)

This speaker speaks volumes for "great things come in small packages." I thought this would just be a way for my daughter to listen to her iPod without earphones and wasn't too concerned with the quality, especially knowing I was only paying a little over $20. WOW! I am amazed at the sound this speaker puts out...great quality, great volume, great battery life. I am going to order a second (& maybe a third!) one. If you are looking for a portable speaker that is small and has a great sound, don't spend more money on fancier contraptions. This speaker is all you need!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Worship Upside Down

Our church showed this cool! One thing our pastor said that has stayed with me is, "Worship is NOT about personal preference". Oh, how we have made it that, haven't we? Well, I "prefer" hymns or I "prefer" the pastor to wear a suit or I "prefer" contemporary music or I "prefer" a certain version of the Bible. Why don't we ever say I "prefer" that the Lord's name be glorified and that my worship is pleasing to him. Worship should not speak to "me" but to "Him"!

Friday, January 14, 2011

L.O.V.E. - Genesis 18

Genesis 18

L (Learn) -
Genesis 18:14 - "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

O (Observe) -
I have a cross that has hung by my back or front door for the past 15 years that has this very verse inscribed upon it. Taken from a different translation, the word "hard" is substituted with the word "difficult". "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?" This verse has been an encouragement to me for 15 years on a daily basis as I read those words before heading out to begin the day. Many days, these words have been exactly what I needed as the tasks that awaited me were difficult, but not too difficult for Him. These words have encouraged me through times in my life of waiting and not knowing. Being reminded that my challenges are not above His power has been a great comfort on many worry-filled occasions.

V (Value) -
God's power is beyond my comprehension. There is not anything that will occur in my life that is beyond His covering. Matthew 11:30 says, "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Going back a few verses, Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." I praise you, Lord, for your amazing power and love!

E (Express) -
Thank you, Lord, for your constant presence in my life. When times are challenging, may I find comfort in the knowledge that nothing is too difficult for you and that you work all things for good. Help me to trust in you daily and not in my own ways.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Review: The Purpose of Passion (Dante's Epic Vision of Romantic Love)

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"The Purpose of Passion" by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware is a walk through Dante's "The New Life", "Inferno" and "Purgatory and Paradise" that extracts the themes of romantic love and dissects them in relation to Biblical romantic love. Bruner and Ware thoroughly illustrate how the greatest emotion humans can experience can become the very thing that brings one closer to our Creator or the very thing that drives us as far away from our Creator as possible. This book challenges the reader to reflect upon and evaluate personal romantic relationships, be it marriage or dating. "The Purpose of Passion" is the newest published work of Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware and is an interesting and thought-provoking read. A reader who is not familiar with Dante's works might be inspired to read them for the first time. Otherwise, readers might be inspired to re-read Dante's work with a new perspective. The theme that rings loud and clear throughout the book is that man/woman cannot find the completion of love in another man/woman and in doing so, will actually hinder the heights of love the man/woman are able to reach. True completion of love can only be found in a relationship with the One True God and his Son Jesus Christ. Through this completion and through this ultimate relationship, romantic love is free to thrive.

*This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pouty Faces...

They're even cute when they're being rotten...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book Review: I Lift Up My Soul by Charles Stanley

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Charles Stanley is a well known author in the Christian realm. His words have encouraged many people for over 20 years. Stanley has a way of applying God's Word to every day life and helping the reader connect personally with the ancient Scripture.

"I Lift Up My Soul"* is an excellent tool to begin your day. The devotions are one page in length and include a Scripture passage, key verse for focus, and an applicable reading written by Stanley. Each day concludes with a short prayer. This book would be great as a stand-alone Bible study when time is an issue or can be combined with other Bible studies to enhance your devotional time. The book is divided into 365 readings, dated for each day of the year. Included is a section for adding personal notes at the end of the book.

I recommend this book for the new Christian as well as those of you who have been believers for any length of time.

*This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze for the purposes of review.

Monday, January 3, 2011

IGNITE: Read 365 Key Chapters in the Bible

Our church has challenged us to participate in a Bible reading plan in which we will read 365 key chapters in the Bible. Just one chapter a day...simple! And yet, simplicity is not the word that describes what God will do in you if you spend this time in His Word each day. I am continually discovering new things in His Word. It's amazing how I can read a story over and over and each time, see and hear something that is new.

Feel free to print the images below. If you print it front and back, it will fold into a half sheet that will fit inside your Bible.

If you want to add a little extra to your reading time, this book will do the trick (also recommended by our church).

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If you want to go a step further, consider journaling. Focus on one or two verses in the passage for the day that have spoken to you. Also suggested by our church, follow the acronym L.O.V.E. and journal just a few sentences for each. I've written an example from today's reading below.

Genesis 4

L (Learn) -
Genesis 4:7 "You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master."

O (Observe) -
The words "sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you" stir uneasiness inside me. Of course, my sins are the disobedient choices I make that separate me from God, but this is the first time I've considered sin to be a presence waiting to control me. I must be on guard. One sin can escalate so quickly into more sin, causing such rubble in my life.

V (Value) -
Praise be to God that He is a God of forgiveness! While He is always just, He is also always loving. Sin doesn't have to control me as I have a God who forgives me when I repent. In repentance and forgiveness, my sins are washed away and my relationship with Him is restored!

E (Express) -
Thank you, Lord, for your constant gift of forgiveness. Help me to be obedient in all things and to trust Your ways above my own.

I'm so thankful to be in a church that equips us with great tools for Spiritual growth. I pray these tools will also be a blessing in your life as you seek to be closer to the Lord in 2011!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


The Lord will give strength to His people;
the Lord will bless His people with peace.

~Psalm 29:11

One of the best things about living in Ohio is getting to experience the four seasons as they should be. Growing up in the south, I knew first-hand of one-and-a-half seasons; summer and sort-of-not-summer. I love how the seasons change here; four times a year we start a new chapter and four times a year, a chapter comes to an end. It's very easy to mark time by the seasons; there's definitely a beginning and an end and each to his own looks forward to one of those things and, in some cases, maybe both.

The seasons are a great reminder to me of how our Lord is a God of new beginnings. Each day is a new day in the Lord, a chance to love Him more than the day before, a chance to serve Him in bigger and better ways, and a chance to experience Him on a new level. I'm not usually one to make New Year's resolutions, as a year is a long time to try and stick to something new. Amen? However, I am feeling a "tug" in this new year to make 2011 a year of more of Him and less of me.

I struggle with the sin of passivity, the sin of the "I shoulds", the sin of the "maybe laters". I am as busy as the next person and definitely use my busyness as an excuse to not do more. I am also one that feels as if I need time alone on a regular basis and am very protective of "my" time. I am a perfectionist through and through. (I mean, really, I came from two perfectionists, it's not my fault; I can't help it!) It's easy for me to place importance on things that may not necessarily be that important.

But, I want this year to be different. I feel a "holy stir" in my soul and I'm not quite sure what it is just yet, but I know that God is beginning something in me and I better get myself ready for the job!

Well, ok, if I
were to make a list of New Year's resolutions, it would probably look something like this:

Spend more time in the Word and in prayer.

Serve my family with a greater willingness and greater gladness.

Get involved in something that will make a difference in someone's
eternity and point them towards Christ.

These are truly what I long for, not just goals to check off with a gold star at the end of 2011. Authenticity is the word that keeps ringing in my head. I don't want to just have all the answers, I want to live them. I want to feel them. I want to share them.

I pray that 2011 is an exceptional year for you. 2010 has been a difficult year for many people. Cancer is a frequent word spoken around our dinner table as more people than I ever hoped to know personally with cancer have cancer. I pray that 2011 is the year of healing for those near and dear fighting this dreaded disease.

Here's to 2011! May it be a year of richest blessings!