Dec 30, 2009

The Best Year Ever!

As I sit at my computer and reflect on 2009, the first word that comes to my mind to wrap up the year I've just had is BLESSED. I don't know why God has given our family such a season of peace, but He has. Just two years ago, I didn't feel that way at all, but having a year like 2009 reminds me that God is faithful and willing to do a new thing, and a good thing when we put our trust in Him. I know that this new year could be totally different, and I will have this wonderful year to look back and say, "See, this season is just a season. Things will turn around as they did in 2009." When we choose to look at who God is, and not our circumstances, there is hope and there is peace.

I laugh as I look back over my 2009 resolutions I made. I didn't get the weight thing down, and I certainly didn't start back to a regular exercise routine. If truth be told, I only did 2 out of the 6 which were doing the Esther study in my home, and the encouraging women thing. However, the spiritual things made the cut, and for that I am so grateful. Isn't it the eternal things that matter most? Yes, I do believe so.

For this year, I am going to continue with the things that matter most. These aren't always the easiest things to do, but they will reap some major peace in my home and in the lives of those I love. Are you up for the challenge?

*Make Jesus even more famous! I want to share what He has done, is doing and what He can do in my life and in the lives of everyone I encounter.

*Love and encourage my husband. Fill his love tank, and give him the best of me and not the leftovers.

*Remind my children who they are in Christ and help them to be all God has for them.

*Use Facebook, Twitter and my blog to share Christ's love with others. (Okay, this is a little fun thing for me, but why not)

*Invest in relationships that matter, let things go that rob my joy, and be the best Susie I can be!

Dec 9, 2009

It's Christmas Time- Are you ready?

At this stage of the Christmas season, I am behind on all the normal standards of Christmas preparations. Thankfully, according to my God calendar, I am right on track. Studying God's Word, loving people, serving others and enjoying my family has taken top priority. The presents (few that we will be buying this year) will get done eventually. Cookies will be made for Christmas parties if we have time, and others will be store bought. (Btw, the iced ones from HEB are heavenly.) So if you are like me and feeling a little behind on the Christmas game, don't worry. Putting Him first, loving your spouse and children and encouraging those in need will be what is most important when you reflect over this joyous Christmas season. God bless you all, and remember Jesus is the reason!