Friday, January 31, 2014

Beginning Again - A Fresh Start

Today marks the end of the first month of the year, and I did not complete what I set out to do.  A new month marks a new beginning.  And a new hope.  My hope for February of 2014 is that I make time for the things I want to accomplish in life.  I want to be a writer, and the only way to be a writer is by writing. 

I had a talk with a few writers and a journalist that I know, and one thing became very evident in those talks.  I NEED to be writing if I truly desire to go into Journalism and Mass Communication, and by blogging I am working on that each and every day, so it is my goal to begin with February, and write a little here each day.  And to not make so many lofty goals.  It is not my intention to drop the series' that I have already begun, I will at some point soon make the two weekends I am behind on, and continue through the year to finish them.

I let my dreams for this blog get ahead of reality, and I have no need to compete with blogs that have several followers and many posts.  There schedules allow for so many posts, mine does not.  Maybe once I have gotten back into my routines, I will be able to begin a true plan for this blog, but as of now I will just work to maintain posts each day on various topics.




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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Needing to Refocus




It has come to my attention - that I really needed to refocus and look at the priorities in my life.  School over the last two weeks has been put on the wayside, and that just can't continue if I am going to finish, and get the degree that I desire to have.

I do plan to continue blogging, and sticking to the two series' that I have set out and planned to post over the course of the month and the year.  However, if I do not have time, I will not be posting everyday.  I will try to get back on schedule and utilize my free time over the next week to catch back up and plan ahead and schedule blog posts for the next month.

I hope that I can rededicate time to posting every day once my current class is over.  It just is that my English classes are very much a priority to me to do very well in, and I am finding that by spending so much of my time on my blog - I just am not able to put enough time into my class work.

I hope my readers understand and will stick with me and that I will also gain more readers in the next few months.  Also, as you all can see, I took some time to redesign my blog.  I will be finishing out the remaining pages over the next day or so.  I hope you all enjoy the new look and find that it is easier to follow and find things on.

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Sunday Tidy-Up: Organizing the Kitchen


 

I was looking for a great link for this, because my kitchen is ran by D, which I find awesome, and aside from my weekly tidy-up there, I tend to not be in it unless I am baking.  So I thought I would share this printable from I Dream of Clean -

http://www.idreamofclean.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/your-guide-to-a-clean-and-organized-kitchen-free-printable.pdf

 I think that idreamofclean.net is a great resource for those of us that are not so organized, or don't seem to find it easy to remain organized whether it be because of busy schedules, or children making a tornado of the house!  The lady that writes this blog has got a wealth of knowledge for all of us, and I know for myself in the last week, I have used a bunch of her great advice.  So I hope you find her just as useful as I have!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Almost a Month of Prayers for My Husband


Today's post about creating a Christ-Centered marriage, is about praying for your husband, partner, or whatever you and your significant other consider yourselves.  It is not for me to judge, I just wish to give advice, and to lead you into a healthy christian relationship with the other person you love so much.

Now, I am giving you 25 prayers that you can use each day of the month to pray over your husband.  And guess what?  By only adding five or six more, you have enough prayers to use each day of the month!

25 Prayers for My Husband

I pray…
  1. that he continues to grow spiritually through the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and quiet times. (Proverbs 4:23)
  2. that his relationship with God will bear much fruit in his life, and that he will be a man who seeks wisdom and understanding. (Proverbs 3:7, Psalm 112:1)
  3. that he would walk humbly with God, and would always be convicted quickly about any sin in his life. (Micah 6:8)
  4. that he will continue to grow as the leader of our family, and that God would be glorified in our marriage. (Ephesians 5:25-29)
  5. that he would have a teachable spirit and a servant’s heart, and that he will listen to God and desire to do His will. (Proverbs 15:33)
  6. that he would always look to the way of escape from any kind of temptation, and that he would rely on God to remain faithful to our marriage, and to God. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  7. that he would safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex, and this heart would pure and undivided in his commitment to me and to our marriage. (Proverbs 6:23-25)
  8. that he would continue to be able to provide for our family, and that he will not become discouraged by doing work he does not enjoy.
  9. that money would never become a source of discord in our family, and that we would be wise in handling finances and in stewardship. (Luke 16:13)
  10. that the words he speaks will build our family, and reflect a heart of love. (Proverbs 18:21)
  11. that our physical intimacy would be a positive reflection of selfless love. (Song of Solomon 7:10)
  12. that the men in his life would encourage his accountability before God, and that he would be a godly influence on his friends and coworkers. (Proverbs 13:20, 27:17)
  13. that he would choose healthy foods and activities, and honor God by taking the best possible care of his body as the tabernacle of God. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  14. for his strength — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. (Ephesians 3:16)
  15. for him to have wisdom and discernment in training/disciplining our children, and that You would enable him to love them unconditionally. (Ephesians 6:4)
  16. that he would always have an eternal perspective, and make the most of however much time he has in this life. (Ephesians 5:16)
  17. that he would always be a man of peace, who allows the Holy Spirit to lead his responses in all situations. (Romans 14:19)
  18. that he would have a balanced life in regards to work and play, and that he would submit his schedule to You. (Proverbs 16:9)
  19. for him to find favor with the Lord, but also with people he knows and interacts with. (Luke 2:52)
  20. that he would enjoy peace and refreshment in his relationship with the Lord. (Psalm 16:11)
  21. that he would always be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will protect our family from Satan’s attacks. (Ephesians 6:13)
  22. that he would be a man of prayer, seeking God in purposeful ways. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  23. that he will serve God and others with pure motives, and that God would be glorified in everything he does. (Colossians 3:23-24)
  24. that he would offer all this dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those that bring God glory, and that count for eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  25. that he will recognize the lies of the enemy in his life, and that he will always be guided by the Truth. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Now, if you pray for your husband today, or over the next twenty-five days - link back, or come to this post and say, "He is covered."  I would love it if others join in on this experience with me and let me know that you too are apart of this movement to strengthen your marriage through Christ's love, and grace.




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