Friday, March 29, 2013

All in Good Time

There is a “time to mourn and a time to dance” according to Ecclesiastes 3:4. Today is Good Friday.  It is the “time to mourn” as we remember all that Jesus went through making the ultimate sacrifice…for me…for you. We don’t like to remember this day. It is too painful. We want to skip this part and go straight to the empty tomb. Yeah, the empty tomb that calls for us to do the happy dance.


          Can we really know happiness without having experienced sadness?

                    Is sadness ever fully realized without mourning?

There is a time for everything under the sun. So, today I mourn. My innermost being weeps for my Savior who gave up so much for me.

But alas, my hope is in the Lord. I know the ending to this story. Sunday will certainly be a day of dancing, for He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Best Laid Plans

The best laid plans can often go astray. That’s why it is important to set them on a firm foundation and to be flexible.

 What? You say?  Firm and flexible in the same sentence!!

The firm foundation is prayer. A conversation with God about His plans is necessary on a daily basis if we are to experience life to the fullest. I have to admit that the reason I share this is to remind myself. I often get swept away in the “get it done” mode. Before I realize it, I have marched down the path full steam…and have somehow managed to take a wrong turn.

This is where the flexible part comes in. I must be willing to trust Him. My plans may shift and morph as God reveals my next steps. So…

          How will I know which way to go if I am not in conversation with Him?    I won’t.

                    How can I be flexible if I don’t trust and obey?    I can’t.

As I start down this new path of fullness, I will take time to keep this foundation solid so I can bend and sway every day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The List of Awesome

Today was a day devoted to reviewing my notes from The Called Woman Conference. WOW! I am excited to search through these ideas and start applying them to my life.

I invited my mom to lunch at my house and we spread our things across the table. One of the biggest rewards of attending with my mom, other than we shared this experience together, is that we covered twice as much territory. There were six break-out sessions and we each attended different sessions. Today we summarized each session and shared our thoughts. My mom is one of the wisest women I know. I truly treasure her thoughts.

It took most of the day, but I now have an AWESOME list of areas to explore. 

What are the next steps for my List of Awesome, you ask?

1. Set time daily to review and implement

          2.Prioritize and schedule each item of awesome into my daily calendar

                    3. Sunday, April 28: Evaluate what I have discovered and make a plan for May

As the planning unfolds and the doing begins I am glad to have an accountability partner to help me stay on my path. She’s not just my mom…she is my sister in Christ.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Called Woman

I recently attended The Called Woman Conference with my mom. There's nothing like a day packed with speakers who are so passionate about what they do that they have to share it. I have loads of  info to sort through and many changes that I want to start incorporating  into my life.

Time for a plan...

1. Review the material listing the items that are important to me

          2. Prioritize the list

                    3.Schedule a date to explore and implement each one

One challenge, from speaker Laura Biering, that I accepted immediately was to take a RiskADay. She only had 30 minutes and got right down to business. Before I knew it, I had written down my first risk and given it to her to hold me accountable.

What was my first risk?

          You're looking at it.

                    My blog: Living the Full Life  :)

I am thankful for today and looking forward to the fullness of tomorrow.