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Do You Have a New Years Resolution?

First a digression…

I went up to the duck pond near my house this morning. It was a chilly 40 degrees or so, not too bad. A few photos will be below!

Now on topic…

A lot of “experts” say that New Year’s Resolutions really aren’t useful. I think that’s only true if you don’t set real objectives and don’t have any commitment or will power.

Treat your resolution as what it is, a goal. All goals should be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). At the end of the year, (this day in 2016) you will want to be at your goal. Make smaller, measurable objectives that will keep you on track. It’s totally possible to be successful at your new year’s resolution. The key is really defining what the success is and how you’re going to get there.

As for me…

I do have a New Year’s Resolution this year! I don’t want to share it now, but I’ll surely be sharing as I complete my goals. For now, I’d like to hear what your resolution(s) are.

Daily Bread

  • 2 Samuel 2:4
  • 2 Samuel 3:7-15

And now, some photos…

 

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Happy Birthday To You (and me)

It’s my birthday…

I’ll feel old if I want to. Don’t ask my age; I’m having trouble accepting it. I’m super thankful to my friends and family for all the sweet birthday wishes. Love the fashionable gifts I got as well! I also got a free Venti caramel frappuccino from Starbucks. How’s that for a happy birthday?

 

If you’re wondering what I did…

Not too much. I went for a walk around my neighborhood and took a few photos. For anyone who’s feeling old on their birthday, I have one piece of advice.

Just wake up, and do something that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be a major thing. Today, I woke up, put on a little makeup, and took a few photos. Photography clears my head, and I get to stop and really appreciate simple, beautiful things. I can only thank God that he’s given me another year of my life.

Just in case you wanted to see some pictures…

These are my favorites! Don’t have a prayer today, but I wish everyone happiness! If it’s your birthday too, well, emphasis on the ‘Happy’ Birthday!

 

Daily Bread

  • Psalms 144:15

 

 

If You Give a Writer a Gift

Well, first things first…

I believe holiday greetings are in order. My mom was working today (bummer) but I have to remember to be grateful that she has the job that she has. I have many things to be grateful for. This year has truly been full of blessings.

If I may digress…

journal-on-laptop

I got the coolest gift ever (if you’re a writer that is)! My mom got me a journal (for lack of a batter term). I have many journals and notebooks, but this one gives me something to think and write about. The mini prompts inside this journal are really an ode to the mundane, but I love the brilliant simplicity they bring. If you want to know more about me, just come back to my blog. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a prompt or two.

Back on topic…

I wish many blessings to come for anyone who reads this. Share this prayer of thanks with family and friends.

Father God,

I come to You as humble as I know how to give You thanks. I thank You for my family, and I thank You for another year. We are more than grateful that You have blessed us with the means to have a great holiday.

Our hearts go out to those who may not have what we have. We pray that You reveal Yourself, to them in trouble. We pray that through Your glorious riches that You strengthen them with the power of Your Spirit.

We pray that we, too, will continue to be filled with Your spirit. For Your spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness and goodness. We thank you for being our provider.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen.

Daily Bread

  • Galatians 4:22
  • Ephesians 3:14-16

 

Thank You for Being My Rock

Just a little background…

Recently, I started over in my personal devotion. Meaning, I began (again) reading my Bible from Genesis. Right now, I’m in 2 Samuel. I’m really glad that I decided to do this because I’m realizing just how much I’ve missed over the years.

Even though I have always self-identified as a Christian, I’m now really getting into my own personal relationship with Him.

Before I ramble too much…

I have two family members that work in prisons. One family member works in a male prison, and the other in a female prison. I worry about them sometimes because they’re surrounded by people that are capable of just about anything (and I don’t just mean the prisoners).

I actually read chapter 22 in 2 Samuel yesterday, but David’s prayer really stood out to me, and I wanted to memorize it. I found it so powerful! Little by little, I plan to know it very well. This prayer is about having God at your side through battle.

Spiritual or physical, we’re all fighting something. Whether you have family members working in a dangerous profession, someone you love is very sick, or you feel that you’re being tested, pray this prayer.

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to thank you for being my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. I thank you for giving me refuge in your feathers. For that, you are worthy of my praise.

Father God,

I’m thankful that I am saved from my enemies–physical and spiritual. Your spirit gives me peace, not fear. Your word gives me courage, and victory. I know that You will be with me in trouble. For this, oh Lord, I say “thank You.”

In Jesus’ name

Amen

Daily Bread:

  • 2 Samuel 22: 3-4
  • Psalm 91:4

 

 

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