Today is October 13th. I have a fun challenge for you. I challenge you to DO or START one or more of the following 13 things today……..on the 13th:
1) Compliment 13 people.
2) Write down 13 things you are thankful for.
3) Send a card or email to 13 different people – fun emails – not work emails!
4) Exercise for 13 minutes.
5) Take a baker’s dozen (13) of cookies to a neighbor.
6) Pray for 13 minutes straight.
7) Read 13 verses or 13 chapters in the Bible today.
8) Sing for 13 straight minutes.
9) Wave at the next 13 people you see while driving down the road.
10) Call someone you’ve been thinking about and talk for at least 13 minutes.
11) Throw away 13 pieces of junk mail on the counter.
12) Set a timer for 13 minutes and organize a closet that’s been bugging you.
13) Find 13 different names for God and Jesus in the Bible – i.e. Wonderful, Counselor, King of Kings…………now you only have 10 more!
And just for the record…….I don’t believe in Luck………..unless he wears #12 and plays for the Colts!! Have a great 13th!!
Don’t have your concert first and tune your instrument afterwards. – Hudson Taylor
In other words, don’t get up and take off running into your busy day without some fine tuning first. We need to tune our thoughts and attitude towards God and godly things as soon as we get up in the morning. We need to start our day with quiet time in prayer and scripture reading.
Sometimes we go barrelling head-first into the day with our own agenda, already hyperventilating for the day ahead and for the worries and hustle and bustle we have in front of us.
What if everyday we started out with reading a daily devotional and a few passages of scripture and spent 5 minutes in prayer asking God for direction for the day?
I challenge you to do this for the next 10 days. I hope you will see the immediate difference and realize waking up just a few minutes earlier each day can give your day a fresh start and take away all those anxieties. God’s already up and waiting for you.
Now go tune your instrument and get ready for the concert. It’s going to be a lovely show!
Yesterday I went to see the movie, The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven’t seen it, you should……….but take your Kleenexes. There was a part in the movie where three teens were talking about giving eulogies at other people’s funerals and how they should “practice” before someone dies so that the dying person can be present at his own funeral. Even though it sounds a little morbid, it was a part in the movie that you felt yourself smile and even laugh a little. Read More
Have you ever been in a hurry to get to a destination and you are stopped by sudden traffic? I hate that. It seems that you are crawling at a snail’s pace – or maybe the snail is crawling faster. A few years ago my husband and I were on our way home from a weekend trip in Gatlinburg, TN and we got caught in a 4-hour traffic jam from a semi trailer chemical spill. We were at almost a complete stand-still for 4 hours. People were running out of gas and pulling off the side of the road. Others were raising the hoods on their cars to allow some air to flow to cool down the engine. It was 4 lanes of traffic and no exit in sight. No where to go. We just had to be patient and sit. Fortunately we had snacks, a cooler full of water, a tank full of gas and magazines to read. Read More
Yesterday we went to our daughter’s white coat ceremony for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at her college. It was a wonderful ceremony and a great day of fun with her and her roommates and their parents and our family.
But it wasn’t all fun and relaxing up to that point. I was very stressed trying to get clothes ironed and our daughter needed us to bring her some clothes and her desk and other things. Read More
The other day I was driving to work down a side road and there were baby calves running and chasing each other, playing in the field. I stopped my car for a couple of minutes just to watch. They were so peaceful and carefree and happy. Not a worry in the world; running through the open field of newly greening grass and openness that seemed to go on for miles. I felt “peaceful, and carefree and happy” as I watched them. I think I could have sat there for an hour (but didn’t think my boss would appreciate that!) hahahha Read More
Last night we went to see the movie, “God’s Not Dead” based on a recommendation by several friends. It is awesome!!!! I have been praying for our country and our state and our local leaders. Some days it seems like the devil and evil is taking over this world but I know God is in control. Go see this movie and you will realize that God IS STILL IN CONTROL. I believe He is starting a revolution across this country – starting in Hollywood! Read More