Saturday, July 7, 2012
After a grueling 3 weeks, I completed 6 graduate credits and had one week off before school starts up again. We started our holiday on Saturday with a pool party at a friend's house. It was wrapped up with a vicious game of kickball, girls v. boys.
Then, we spent Sunday afternoon at the lake, tubing with the kids. Two days in a row in the water, no one turning into a prune yet.
Monday was warm, so went to a nearby beach and played in the sand and water for several hours. Day three in the water.
Tuesday night, the 3rd, was our family get-together for fireworks on the lake. We had a barbeque and then hopped into the pontoon for the fireworks. After waiting for half an hour, the kids begged to hop into the lake in their clothes. So, day 4 in the water (before it got too dark).
We had planned to go camping for the remainder of the week, but it was supposed to be near 100, so we scrapped that plan and made new plans to go to Wisconsin Dells waterparks instead.
The next two days were insane amount of fun, sliding down tons of waterslides and soaking up the sun. Maybe too much sun. Well, since my skin turned a few shades of lobster red, I might have spent just a tiny too much time in the sun.
I'm recovering, and the kids haven't grown fins yet, even after six straight days in the water.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Jonathan Edwards and his 70 resolutions for his life inspired me to write up a few of my own. Of course, he wrote them when he was 19 years old! Anyways, here are my resolutions that define who I want to be and how I want my life to be lived. They aren’t really just for my 40th birthday, but it did seem like a good time to put these things down on paper and organize my personal goals and visions for my life.
I resolve to:
- Live life to the fullest, with wonder and anticipation for God’s work
- Make every moment count, not allowing TV or internet to steal my valuable time
- Take time daily for meditation and solitude
- Spend time daily in prayer and worship
- Read Scripture every day
- Do the things that care for my heart and restore my soul with creativity and fun
- Continue to grow and learn by reading challenging books
- Make fellowship and connectedness a priority weekly
- Love my husband deeply and unreservedly with time, actions and words
- Be characterized by faithfulness in all my relationships
- Give my time and heart unselfishly to my children
- Speak with gentleness to my children and others, remembering that we are all tender at heart and easily crushed
- Be a good friend, caring for others the way I want them to care for me
- Be patient with my children, giving them time to grow into all God has planned for them
- Challenge myself to try new things and to go beyond what I have already done
- Not allow myself to stagnate
- Live a life devoted to God, surrendered to His plans and His will
- Keep dreaming
- Have a heart that is open to whatever God asks me to do – live in obedience to His calling
- Look for opportunities to do good to others
- Be a woman of prayer
- Make exercise a priority because it strengthens my attitude and my body
- Eat healthy foods that nourish me and not foods that deplete my energy
- Work out the self-control in my life that God is working in me
- Choose joy
- Extend grace to those around me, just like Christ has for me
- Keep writing and sharing my heart with others
- Look for every opportunity to speak about Jesus to individuals or groups
- Live in victory over strongholds, not allowing anything to have mastery over me except Christ
- Continually put God’s Word in my heart, dwelling on Him and not the world
- Be content with what I have and with my life, not allowing discontentment and unhappiness to choke out the joys of life
- Be consistent with routines and organization, keeping my home a place of peace, so that disorder does not take over my life and bring stress to my home
- Be a woman of peace, with a bedrock of faith in Christ that cannot be easily rattled by daily irritations or frustrations
- Spend time outside regularly, with eyes wide open to see God’s handiwork and praise Him for it
- Be filled to the fullness with Christ and when I feel empty to seek out whatever means I can to fill up again
- Look for opportunities to be an ambassador for Christ at work, in my neighborhood and in our community
- To love deeply
- To be a woman who is close to God Phil 3:10
- To be a woman whose life is spent ministering to the needs of others Isaiah 61:1-3
- Dwell upon whatever is true, noble, right pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy