I am a terrible goal maker. I'm horrible at getting clarity and then following through. Last year I decided I wanted to run four 5ks during the year. I looked them up, started running a bit...and never even did one.
Oh, I know all about S.M.A.R.T. goals - I've taught it to my kids. I just don't have the follow through- which means that they aren't developing it, either. Ugh. I've gotten pretty frustrated with myself lately: not following through, avoiding hard stuff and letting someone else (usually my amazing husband) pick up the slack. I hate that I do that!
So this month, I decided to get serious about fixing myself. I purchased Michael Hyatt's 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever course on deliberately planning for the new year. I just started it yesterday, so I am still learning, but one thing about it has really struck a chord and I am seeing changes in my life already.
He talks about having cynicism about ourselves. About my feeling badly that I don't follow through, am often lazy and have little self discipline--and not being totally sure that I can overcome it. I mean, I have hope, but that hope is also tinged with past failures.
Do you ever feel that way about yourself and the issues you have, or am I the only one?
Stocking stuffers are a dilemma for a lot of us. We get our kids the regular gifts under the tree, but what to fill those stockings with?
Underwear and socks are certainly necessary, but not really exciting. A ton of candy is not ideal either. And since most of us are budget conscious, we don't want to spend a ton of money, since we already purchased the other gifts. Plus, would it be too much to ask if the stuffers didn't have to be homemade, but would still be memorable and were helpful and practical to boot? And big. Some of those stockings are huge!
Enter The Best Stocking Stuffer Idea Ever. I'm serious, I love this idea.
My sister-in-law asked me for some Christmas movie recommendations. She wants to watch something Christmas-y, but doesn't know what, exactly. I thought that we could all learn from each other, so I will post my favorites here, and I would love it if you would post your favorites in the comments!
I'll start with the lighter, fun stuff, and you'll see that I tend to favor older classics over newer movies.
"The Greatest Deception Men Suffer Is From Their Own Opinions"
By Rachel Nielson
The first time that I saw Gogo, I was standing with my back against a crude brick wall, leaning into a pocket of shade under the hot African sun.
I heard her before I saw her. “Oh, thank you, Jesus! Oh, Jesus!” she was calling. And when she came around the corner, her wrinkled hands were clasped, her face tilted up toward heaven in praise.
She was wearing a navy stocking cap, a brown sweater and long skirt—and she reached out to each of us American visitors as if we were her family, squeezing our hands and whispering her thanks to God that we had come.
Christmas is many things to many people: snow, presents, Santa, gingerbread men. But really, it's only about one thing: celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I love this video because it shows parallels between how Jesus served and how we can serve. This year, my church is celebrating by doing an advent calendar of service. And they are inviting everyone to join them! It's already begun, but it's not too late to start!
If you go here (scroll down a little), you can see the days of service and the themes associated with them. Things like honoring your parents, feeding the hungy, and lifting others' burdens.
This project is perfect for families, and what's great about it is that all of the hard work has already been done for you! Each day's theme has a mini video that goes with it, scriptures that reinforce the principle being practiced, and practical ideas of how to serve in that particular way. It is an easy way to create a meaningful Christmas and really get into the spirit of the season.
In a perfect world, we would all act like this every day, taking opportunities to notice and take care of those around us. But...we're not perfect. However by using this calendar, we get a little closer to that perfect world and perhaps we can start a new habit that will carry into the new year.
You can find both the video and the calendar here. Gather your kids together, get them involved and start today- I am, and I would love to hear of the experiences your family has!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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