Thursday, October 31, 2013
Now how ever would one get a devotion out of Halloween?
I will pass on the gist of a small devotion I heard this morning..
There are three major holidays in Fall..
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (and I would argue that they segue into the New Year)
In Halloween we deal with all the fears that Satan may have in store for us. We focus on the good things about the harvest and give to God the core of darkness that is the holiday.
After our fear is dealt with, we move onto Thanksgiving. We focus on our gratitude and the good things in our lives. We realize how many blessings we have in our life and how fortunate we are.
In our gratitude for the blessings and gifts of life we finally move onto recognizing THE GIFT, the Christ child, born to be broken for us and to redeem us for all eternity. We give gifts to each other and gather with family and friends to let them know we love them and to be a little of that giving spirit, to shine and be Christ for them in the season.
The one I would add is the New Year. Christ then makes us new, revitalizing us and making us new creations in his image as we accept his Gift, given to us in grace.
Original idea by Bryn Shoffstall
Sunday, July 21, 2013
As I make excuses, I am going to add them to the list, post comments and answers. The idea being that once I've used one excuse in a goal area, I can't use it again.
As much as I've hated this down time. It became apparent to me that my goal areas have all shifted in priority level. The only thing that is the same is that my book reading is on the bottom of my priority list.. but its hanging in there.
So, without further ado, in list of priority:
1.) No one is going to see me anyway!
---I see me everyday. And Roger sees me everyday! And LuAnn doesn't see me, but she told me to do it every morning as part of my LifeCoaching stuff. If that's not enough reason, several books and articles say that you act different if you put on your makeup and look good than if you stay all slovenly and slobbish.
1.)I just don't feel like working out today!
--Lets face it, do you feel like doing most things you do in a day? No, but a lot of them, don't you feel better after you do them? Yes. You don't have to like it to begin with, you just have to do it, and you will feel better afterward.
1.) I am too tired to get it done this late at night!
--Were you too tired when you watched Episode 1 of King of Dramas off of Drama Fever? That was an hour and three minutes you could have used toward laundry or the room. Its not so bad if you use dramas and facebook and such as rewards, but do the work to earn them in the first place?!? Then you won't be wondering what to do with your time and you'll be more productive in your life.
Book Reading Goals
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Today, my challenge is to write down at least 3 things that I've accomplished recently that I'm proud of.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
1.) I agreed to see one of my accountability partners, who is going to school and has a certificate to be a life coach, to be her first practice client.. for a christian life coach experience.
2.) I've started taking the initiative to get us all outside and walking at least once a week, hopefully more as summer starts.
3.) I put together a schedule for the whole week that assumes I am home, so I don't have to know what my parents are doing at any particular time this summer.
4.) I am putting aside my hatred for how the house looks and everything else today that I feel like I "should" be doing and am making myself just "be still" and rest, because it is the Sabbath.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1.) I've paid for a new voip system to go in, hopefully soon.
2.) I put in a full day of volunteering today.
3.) I sat in on a library committee meeting.
4.) I received my books 'Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits' by Joyce Meyer and 'Sober Mercies' in the mail and started with the introduction of the Joyce Meyer one.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Well, my adventures with Avon continue. Almost all the product I ordered came in, but the acquaintance that I started using Avon had her order not come in at all, she's not happy about it. And I've decided to try to open an account again at a credit union, but I'm not sure I can, because I used to have one about 10 years ago there and it ended badly. If not there then I know where I can open one up, and even if they saddle me with the "fresh economic start" type checking, it will be half of the price per month of where I am now.. Hopefully I qualify for the free checking. Where I am now has just made one mistake too many, and failed to show me why or why it won't happen again, so I am austa la pasta as they say (may be spelled wrong) Anyway.. I'll know either way tomorrow because I am going to talk to them in person (*sweaty clammy hands as I type this* really, come on.. its ridiculous for me to be this anxious.. what are they going to say to me.. I can't bank with them? I'm not banking with them now.. big whoop... actually I think the thing is this is bringing back all the feelings I had when the other account ended.. the despair, fear, anxiety, shame.. I only had a $500 credit limit and it was a student account and I'd been out of work for two years and couldn't even pay my minimums on the card anymore. Finally I got a letter saying that if I didn't pay the whole amount off that they would cancel my accounts and I wouldn't be able to bank with them anymore. My parents paid the amount but not soon enough. I brought it up to them when I finally didn't know what to do, but they said that I needed to figure out how to pay my own bills, which was true.. but it was so close to the deadline when I finally asked that I was out of options.. I waited until the day of the deadline and then attempted suicide in a park after closing when I was relatively sure no one would be there, but someone was and they took me to the hospital. Now it seems stupid. Suicide over $500 and a bad credit rating? But there it was. I have another account with another bank now (albeit, a crappy one comparitively) and credit.. I can't believe I thought my life was over.. that was then, this is now.. but my palms are sweating like crazy and I'd give almost anything not to have to face this conversation tomorrow.. my parents, significant other, and friends think I should talk to them. I tried opening an account online (less painful) but it said I already had one or an active loan with them, so Dad thinks they may not have even closed the account.. i wont know till I find out)
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