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Already?

Already??

Tomorrow is February!  I am still dizzy from all the busyness around Christmas.  I can’t believe it is already February.  UGH!

So it is one month down and I’m making some progress on my new year goals.  This week, I painted the hallway and half of my living room.  It is so amazing what fresh paint can do for a room!!  ((sigh)) Wish I had done this about 5 years ago.  I can’t wait to display all the art work I’ve completed since Christmas.

My family and I have given up electronics and spending money on Sundays.  This is part of a challenge I set in mid-January.  So far, so good.  The first Sunday very little complaining happened due to a very long Saturday.  Everyone slept the day away.  The second Sunday, we were all a little grumpy about no electronics.  In the end though, it wasn’t too hard.  Yesterday, we got so much done.  We painted.  We repaired.  We played.  We baked. We hung out together.  It was really nice.  It is so amazing how much one can get done without the TV, computer, and cell phone.  It hit me this morning though..It was supposed to be a day of rest…rest with God.  ((sigh))

January has blasted off with a good start.  As I was sitting here at my desk, I looked up at the calendar I received for Christmas.  Psalm 65:11 leapt from the snow scene picture hovering over the January days.  “Thou crownest the year with thy goodness..”

God is so sweet..what a comfort and a joy in that message!!  Praise God!

Enjoy this last day of January 2011…Look for God today.  He’s around you blessing you and sending you love notes..God bless…

A Dash and Splash

In honor of how my mom made her apple pies…today’s blog will be a dash of this and a splash of that..

So tell me… did you join in the Sabbath challenge????  Our morning started with ME wanting to watch TV!!  The kids were good sports about the whole deal.  We totally disconnected from gadgets and electronics.  The house was quiet and at one point everyone took a nap.  Peaceful!!  AND we didn’t spend any money.  We did miss our weekly trip to our church’s coffee shop.

Did you know according to the New York Times the average American spends 11+ hours connected to technology?  That is more than a work day!

I read something interesting.  Scientist have always thought wolves were smarter than domesticated dogs.  Recently this was disproven.  A group of scientists raised dogs and wolves for 4 months. they were pups at the same age…they trained them to pull a treat down with a rope.  The interesting thing was they both learned the pulling of the rope trick with ease.  It was when they nailed the rope down and it could not be pulled down.  The wolf pups pulled until they were exhausted.  The dog pups looked to humans for help after a couple of unsuccessful pulls.  And some people out there feel dogs can’t think!

Here’s an interesting tid-bit of trivia.. Gerald Ford was neither elected at Vice President nor President.

Remember last year, I became vegan for lent??  This year, I am already preparing myself for my next challenge.  I am doing the Daniel Fast.  I have never been so excited.  My friends and family think I am nuts.  But this is going to be really something!  Basically, this fast is 21 days of no meat, no sugar/sweeteners, no dairy, no eggs, no yeast, and no fish.  I can’t wait!!  Come on March!

Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday.  I will never forget the time I asked my students who MLK was..the answer floored me… “He freed the slaves.”  Okay, believe they were a little mistaken!  I quickly began a lesson on MLK and his stand on equality.  Jesus said, “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind.  this is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37-39)  Bless your neighbors today… pray for them and spread love to them.

Enjoy your Monday… God Bless…

First 2011 Challenge

I almost fainted when I heard the news.  Chick-fil-a is opening its doors on Sunday.  Makes your heart flip doesn’t it.  Rumor has it that if you show your church bulletin or proof of tithing you will get a discount. My heart sank when I heard that..I mean, COME-ON!!  Chick is the last of its kind.  I’ve always thought it was honorable that they stood against today’s thinking and allowed Sunday to be valued and not just another day to earn a buck.

I scoured their website…Here’s what I know..

RUMOR!!

Whew!

I feel better!

This spurred an idea for the first challenge of the year.  Do you think you are up to it??  I bet you are!  Now roll up your sleeves and listen up..this is going to be fun!!

I challenge you and your family to observe a very traditional Sabbath for the next four Sundays or Friday night-Saturday evenings like our Jewish friends.  I would love to hear your responses. What’s that you don’t know what to do???  Don’t worry.. here’s a list of blog posts I did a few years ago..

What the Jewish Do for the Sabbath

The Sabbath Begins on Friday Night

The Do’s and Don’ts  of the Sabbath

Do you think you are up to disconnecting to the world and connecting to God?  Doesn’t it sound refreshing??  Oh I do hope you will join me in this challenge!

Enjoy your Wednesday and God Bless….