Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Goals

Here we are with the first half of January under our belt. 2017 is relatively new with few mistakes in it. We've a whole year to learn to cherish this one beautiful life we've been given.

How are we going to do that?

I don't believe in resolutions, but I do believe in goal setting. I want 2017 to look a little different than 2016, I've heard the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things while expecting different results. That kind of thinking is not only insane, but illogical.

I've written about choosing a word to describe what I wanted 2017 to look like for me.  You can read all about it at the post entitled, My One Word for 2017. Basically I want to do less this year.

That's right, less.

It's insane for me to keep producing and producing and yet never getting anywhere.

I want to do less and be more.





Here are the 5 areas wherein I want to do less :


  • Do less. (Less useless activity. Less fluff. Let what I do mean more!)
  • Spend less. (Pretty self-explanatory. I need to save so I can give more. You can't give what you don't have)
  • Eat less. (Again, self-explanatory. Weigh less so I have more energy.)
  • Fret less. (Worry less, trust more.)
  • Strive less (Doing less in my OWN strength and relying more on His!)

Those are my goals ... what are yours? I'd love to know, so please join in the conversation. Also, if you'd like discussion on certain topics, leave a comment. The whole goal here at the Journey, and I know at The Loft as well, is to encourage YOU on your Journey.

I'm sharing this post at The Loft where the question today is, "What are your 5 top goals for 2017?"

Next week's question:  If you could go back to the day you accepted Christ, what would you tell yourself? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Welcome to The Loft 2017!





Welcome back to the Loft! #TheLoft
We’re happy to welcome you to another year of conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

We can’t wait to get started.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation. Then, Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. EST, the link goes live, and for five glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s topic. This link will close at 5 p.m. EST on Monday. Conversation:
The Loft is like a group of friends sitting around a table at a coffee shop having a chat about a specific topic. It’s a weekly hangout of Christians spending time thinking, praying and writing on the topic. We rely on the God’s guidance in His Word as we encourage, equip and energize each other. There will be writers from all walks of life and writing styles. We can learn from each other so join us here at this trusted source for Christian community. So we can keep things “spot on” all posts you link need to be related to the topic of the week.

Connection – of One Mind - Topic Driven #TheLoft:

Topics for January:

  • 18th Top 5 goals for 2017
  • 25th If you could go back to the day you accepted Christ, what would you tell yourself?

Encouragement:

If you’re not a blogger, you’re more than welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section. We need to hear your voice. You matter.

Listening is a lost art.

Because this our conversation is sent through the web, we believe by reading and participating you will be richly rewarded at the loft. Please don’t link and run. For every link you leave, please visit at least two other links and if the message resonates with you feel free to share. We're encouraged by your participation.

HOW TO JOIN US AND LINK UP:

  1. Be creative: Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, you family pet, whatever to communicate on the weekly topic.
  2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.
  3. Be a community. Include #The Loft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other. Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around… We’ll be doing the same.
  4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.
  5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single topic. Please make sure your post is on the topic.
  6. Link-up: When you link up at the Loft, your link will appear on two blogs. We’d love for you to visit the loft co-hosts and know who we are: Christine and Jerralea


We are so thankful for the groundwork laid by Leah Adams last year on providing a safe place for the community to link up and have conversation at The Loft 2016. She will be joining us from time to time as the Lord leads and we will be thankful to have her input.


THE LOFT IS NOW OPEN! Please link-up!

Our topic today is top five goals for 2017Don't have 5 goals, but only 3 instead? No goals at all? Why or why not? Link up and tell us what is on your heart. Next week, we'll discuss what you would say to your new Christian self. I can't wait! 




Now it's time to go to The Loft.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

It's Friday, Lovely Friday!

Although a nasty day here in the mid-west, I do believe I can praise God for the special blessings He has given me this week.

1.An ice storm has been predicted for our area, but so far we just have rain. We still have power and internet so I'm a happy camper.

2. I'm thankful for boots and umbrellas!

3. I've been feasting on the book, "The Daniel Prayer" by Anne Graham Lotz. I'm barely half way through and have really found a lot of ideas to challenge me.

4. We had a guest speaker Wednesday who spoke on Philippians 2:13. She did a wonderful job and I was greatly encouraged. The next morning I opened one of the email devotionals I receive and guess what it said?

"I am at work in your life through the desires of your heart." Phil. 2:13

I love when God confirms a word! Let me ask you a question. Who do you think put that desire in your heart in the first place?

Something to think about ...

5. This week, The Loft reopened. Christine Malkemes, from Whispered Words of Wisdom, and I will be co-hosting this wonderful community of Christian bloggers each Wednesday. I'm thankful for the opportunity.


Speaking of wonderful communities, the Friday's Fave Five blogging community is a wonderful group who seek each week to find 5 highlights and share the news God is still at work in our everyday lives. The link-up is hosted by the lovely Susanne, and you can link up at her blog, Living to Tell the Story.

And that is a wrap on my week ... how was YOURS?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

All I Need

2016 was a good year for me. I know a lot of people have felt disappointed with the way things turned out this year, but personally, it was a blessed twelve months here on the Journey.

It's as though it was a year of blessing. We had such a wonderful atmosphere at church all year long - an air of excitement, of wonder, of anticipation.

It was a year of growth - certainly spiritually, but also physically and mentally as we observed the twins grow and mature.

As it always does, life has now brought some changes as we look ahead to 2017. 



Some good, as in the new year will usher in the birth of our third grandchild this summer.

Some more challenging, as in changes in our leadership at church will again take place.

I was feeling a little down-hearted when it occurred to me that now was an opportunity to watch God at work. 

After all, He has promised to supply our needs.

In fact, why worry at all? I have the rare privilege of seeing how the Master will coordinate His plan and bring it to fulfillment.

I was reminded of one of those great and precious promises:  The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

Or, 

The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.

Both ways of saying Psalm 23:6 mean basically the same thing, but somehow that second rephrasing packs a punch.

Do you believe He is your Shepherd and you are not going to want? If so, then start rejoicing, you have all you need.

Let that sink in ... You have what you need when you have Him.


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Today is potluck at  The Loft. I'm linking this post here, and I invite you to come link up with us and share your heart.


A Weekly Hangout for Christian Bloggers #TheLoft





Welcome back to the Loft! We’re happy to welcome you to another year of conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

We can’t wait to get started.


Thank you, Leah Adams, for the groundbreaking you’ve laid for us. You provided us a safe place for us as a community. We’re glad you’re still joining us from time to time as the Lord leads.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation. Then, Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. EST, the link goes live, and for five glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s topic. The linky will close at 5 p.m. EST on Monday. 


Please note that all posts linked at The Loft need to be related to the topic of the week.

Mission:
The Loft is like a group of friends sitting around a table at a coffee shop having a chat about a specific topic. It’s a weekly hangout of Christians spending time thinking, praying and writing on the topic. We rely on the God’s guidance in His Word as we encourage, equip and energize each other. There will be writers from all walks of life and writing styles. We can learn from each other so join us here at this trusted source for Christian community.

Procedure
: Topic Driven

Connection:
If you’re not a blogger, you’re still welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section. Listening is a lost art. At the Loft, we know that listening is rewarding and rich…surprisingly so. Please don’t link and run. For every link you leave, please visit at least two other links.

TOPICS FOR JANUARY
:

  • 11th Potluck
  • 18th Top 5 goals for 2017
  • 25th If you could go back to the day you accepted Christ, what would you tell yourself?
TO PARTICIPATE:
  1. Be creative: Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, you family pet, whatever to communicate on the weekly topic.
  2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.
  3. Be a community. Include #The Loft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other. Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around… We’ll be doing the same.
  4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.
  5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single topic. Please make sure your post is on the topic.
When you link up at the Loft, your link will appear on two blogs. We’d love for you to visit the loft co-hosts and know who we are: Christine and Jerralea

THE LOFT IS NOW OPEN! Please link-up!
(Please forgive the miscommunication, your topic today is potluck, so your post can be about any subject dear to your heart. Next week, we will discuss goals for 2017.)



   
   




Monday, January 9, 2017

The Morning Page: 01.09.17

This morning, I am remembering what a great sermon I heard yesterday regarding Daniel 3 and the story of the three Hebrew children.

My Pastor's wife conveniently Facebooked the outline of the sermon:


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The statement that resonated with me most is #3, Declare your faith in the God in the FACE of your fiery trial.

There is just something about positive confession! It not only shows the enemy you are not backing down but it strengthens your own faith to hear your faith-filled words.

If you are what you think, then think faith-filled thoughts whenever feeling weak or afraid, and then speak it. God honors faith above all else.

Speak it, then watch for victory.


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Other thoughts on my mind: the 2017 debut of The Loft Christian community link-up this coming Wednesday, January 11. We will be discussing our five goals for 2017. Only have three goals? No problem, tell us about your three! We would love to have you join us.

Also, you might want to join in on the discussion over at Michele Morin's Living Our Days.  She will be discussing C.S. Lewis' book, Till We Have Faces, beginning January 12 through mid-March. I have not had an opportunity to read the book yet, but because I respect Michele's insight so much, I will be dropping by to read the discussion as much as possible. 


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And that's what's on my mind this morning ... what's on YOURS?

(This post was shared at the #DreamTogether and #SmallWonder link-ups.)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Loft is Heading Your Way!

Good morning!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is feeling refreshed and recharged. I just wanted to let you know The Loft will be reopening next Wednesday, January 11.




Christine and I are so excited to present to you January's topic:  Purpose and our lives in Christ!  This is the time of year when we tend to examine our lives and set goals. We'd love to share insight and receive feedback, and The Loft is the perfect place to do so.

We are a topic-driven community. Although, we love to have pot-lucks once a month where everyone can share their work, we also love building community. We feel the best way to accomplish community is to talk about the same thing.

Next Wednesday, we will discuss our five goals for 2017. Only have three goals? No problem, tell us about your three!

Here are the remaining topics for January:


  • 18th   If you could go back to the day you accepted Christ, what would you tell yourself?
  • 25th   5 things every new Believer should know