Jan 7, 2014

You've Got Mail

Do your kids LOVE getting mail? My boys get so excited when they have mail! Create a family mailbox - this could be one box with the correct amount of slots for each member of the family or individual boxes for each family member. Find a place to put your family mailboxes and USE them! Write letters to your children, your husband and don't forget you'll have a mailbox yourself - those letters from your children will be priceless! You can take the letters and make a scrapbook out of them so you have them to look at again and again! Your kids will LOVE looking at these when they're older and seeing what they wrote! Have fun with this and let your kids decorate their mailbox however they want to!

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Jan 6, 2014

The Math of Heaven

I've been reading in Joni Eareckson Tada's book A Lifetime of Wisdom. Yesterday I came across a part that really stood out to me regarding time. I'd love to share part of that with you.

"Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2 Peter 3:8

We all know the old adage that God looks at the last two thousand years as only a couple of days gone by. But what about the other half of that verse? The part about seeing each day as a thousand years?
What kind of math is that?

It's the math of the One who lives outside of time, is not bound by time, and can step in and out of time whenever He pleases to accomplish His purposes. If we really come to grips with the fact that God can pick up any twenty-four-hour day He chooses and give it an eternal impact of a thousand years, then each day of our lives becomes immeasurably important - and brimming with opportunity. Each day God gives us precious hours to invest in the lives of others - investments which will have eternal repercussions in our lives AND theirs.

But let's carry the math out just a bit further. If twenty-four hours can have the impact of a thousand years, then what kind of impact could a single hour have?

I figure about forty-one and a half years.

And then what about a single minute?

Maybe something like eight and a half months.

So, as I'm reading this I'm thinking - WOW! Wouldn't we all live different if we could keep in mind that every MINUTE can have the impact of 8 and 1/2 months in eternity!!! No wonder why Satan is trying to distract us each and every minute - he knows the value of those minutes!!! I'm challenging myself and all of you - recapture those minutes! Keep in mind the value of that time that's passing by! Remember how much it's worth and what an impact it can have for eternity! To quote my friend Cindy Rushton - "Satan will use either destruction or distraction!" How about we don't let him use either!!!

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Jan 5, 2014

What Are You Living For?

Have you guys ever heard a quote that just stood out to you and made you ponder for a bit? Last night I was flipping through the channels trying to prove to myself that there IS a reason that we pay for cable, when I stopped on the INSP network. They were in the middle of a worship service and in between songs the worship leader said something that totally jumped out to me! I'm going to print it and post it around the house. I'd give the guy credit, but I have no idea who he was.

"Is what you're living for worth Christ dying for?"

I'll leave you to think about it.

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Jan 3, 2014

Family of the Month

This is a great idea to reach out to your family members and make sure they know how much you love them. Choose a different family member every month (or every week, bi-weekly, however often you want to do it) and write a letter to them, have your kids write a letter or draw a picture for them and print some recent pictures of your family. Mail all of these to the chosen family - just to let them know you love them and are thinking of them. Everyone LOVES getting mail - especially when there's several hand written notes and pictures inside!

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Jan 2, 2014

Christian Commitment

Our pastor shared this in a sermon a few years ago. I had printed it and posted it in our house, but we have since moved and I truly forgot all about it. I came across it while cleaning out some folders on the computer and it's too good not to share with all of you. I think I'm going to make it into a canvas and hang it.

Christian Commitment
I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past has been redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.

I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, plaudits or popularity.

I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.

I now live by faith, lean on his presence, work by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, or meander in the face of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, let up, until i have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go 'til he comes, give 'til I drop, preach 'til all know, and work 'til he stops me.

And when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me - my banner will be clear.

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