Encouragement, Faith, Goal Setting, Grace-Filled, Inspiration, weight

January Goals and December Recap


As usual this post didn’t happen on the first.  I got sick and got behind.  Yep, I was doing so well.  Those Christmas decorations came down the first week after Christmas.  I had so many house cleaning goals and blogging goals, and they crashed when my husband and I came down with bronchitis, fever and one of the worst coughing times of our lives.  I’m still not over the cough completely.  Doctor said it would probably hang around at least three and a half weeks or more.

My ONE WORD for this year is INTENTIONAL.  You can hear how I came up with my word, and how you can too here. How about you? Do you have a word for the year or a resolution?

It is funny that I chose that word, and then we had some training in a team I am a part of, and it was called “The Law of Intentionality” by John Maxwell.  What a confirmation from my Lord that I am right where He wants me to be this year.  One of the things that John said that is part of an intentional growth plan is making a commitment, making it public and identifying the areas you want to grow in personally (that’s what these monthly posts are all about), investing in those areas one hour a day (exercise, blogging, family, faith – and I think I can do more than one hour with my Bible studies and all the rest), reflect and write an hour a week on what you are learning (a great goal to write and blog an hour a week for me because honestly it is hard to fit in an hour these days.)  He also said to share our growth with someone who is thrilled (I hope you, my readers, are thrilled with this type of post each month.)


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Complete Wendy’s Wait and See study.


Begin Finding I Am Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst – When I retired I wanted to do an on-line Bible study.  God led me here to Proverbs 31.  You can do these studies 24/7 and meet women all over the World.  There are even Facebook Groups which fill up fast.  Here is the registration form.

Begin 1 Peter A Living Hope In Christ by Jen Wilkin Bible Study at Church

First 5 App Daily Devotionals  – I highly recommend the Proverbs 31 First 5 App for a daily devotional.  They have a book for each Bible book we study.  I do both, but if you aren’t in to really digging in then I would suggest you download the app for your first five minutes of the day to spend some alone time with Him.  You can check it out here and see a sample to today’s devotional.



DECEMBER – ALL DONE as our grandson, Colt says.

What an awesome month for time to spend with family, and we have so, so many plans.  I’m as excited as a six year old.  Can’t wait for all the food, fellowship and games. (All Done except celebration with daughter and family – they have been sick and now we are sick so haven’t gotten together)

Another trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law, and maybe a final one for awhile.  She’s pregnant with twins and well we don’t want to be four hours away from a good hospital. Done

Christmas Eve with my husband’s family for dinner. Done

Christmas Eve at home with the kids and grandkids.  Done

Christmas morning breakfast and celebration of Jesus’ birthday and also our son-in-laws at home with our kids and grandkids. (We got to have breakfast with our son, DIL, and grandson, but our daughter and her family was sick.

Christmas day lunch with my family.  Done

We were blessed to get to go to Six Flags with our son and his family.  It was not on my goals.  I love how God changes our plans.




Baby Shower for the TWINS my daughter-in-law is carrying.

Have Christmas with our daughter and her family.

Special Day with our grandson, Colt. I think we are going to a movie like Sing or Monster Trucks.  I’m sure he will choose Monster Trucks.

Still need to have all the family over to pay the games we missed on Christmas Eve with our daughter and family being sick.


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Working out, drinking water, and eating healthy to decrease this waistline.  This is still a hard goal for me although I did make a whole lot of trips upstairs and in the attic (too many to count), and I did walk down to the end of the block several times, and then there were shopping trips and lots of walking at the lease.


Walking on treadmill at least 1 hour a week.  Starting small and trying to work up.  Being REAL here.  Keeping a running tally on the refrigerator and I’m behind already.  Yes I’m catching up.  Learning to be intentional – my One Word for the year.

Reading Trim Healthy Mama Book and trying some of her recipes

Adding lots of protein and shakes.


DECEMBER  (Partially Done)

It’s hard to meet up with a friend at this time of the year, but  I was honored to meet up with an aunt (Susan) who lost her husband a few months ago for lunch.  Done

Call at least one friend on the phone.   (Done.  I have a sweet friend going through a divorce and one day when God laid her on my heart (a heart drop as Karen Ehman calls it) I picked up the phone and called.  We talked, we laughed, we cried and we prayed for a hour and a half.)

The neighborhood tea still has not happened.  If only I could finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning maybe I could have them over next week before Christmas, but it’s looking doubtful this morning. (Not Done.)


This month I am meeting up with several church friends for a dinner at church to kick off our ladies ministry for the year.  I can’t wait!

Hope to meet up with one of my new Bible study friends for lunch.


DECEMBER – My December goals crashed after Christmas.  I got all the decorations down and then got sick so the last week of December I got little done with all the fever and now coughing.

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  ( I hope this can happen but with all the extra cleaning and organizing it just might not happen.  (Not Done)

Catch up on filing in office.(Not Done)

Finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning. (All Done)

Plan dishes for all the Christmas meals. (All Done)


Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  I wonder if this will really happen.  Like it’s already January 20th and well I’ve been subbing at school, busy with Bible study, and keeping my awesome grandsons.

Catch up on filing in office.  Same as above, but I’m sure going to try if I can get one day at home.


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I pray you are exhorted (encouraged, prompted) by my blog each and every time I write.  I am exhorted as you read and comment.


Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 9th month I’ve had this as a goal and it sure is not going to happen this month, but I must keep it here or it will never get done.  I am adding a planned date of March because with Christmas and planning for the 3 new grand babies in March and showers and school, it will be at least March, but part of that is the next goal so I am working on it each month, and it is progressing well, but there are over 500 blogs to go back and clean up, tag, and pretty up.  (Worked a lot on this, but it will take months.)

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 35 I already completed, so it will be 50. (DONE)

Delete at least 500 more emails. (DONE)

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a new completion date of February.


Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.  Continue working on Lesson 2 cleaning up 500 blog posts.  It’s going well but the new babies are due soon and seeing all the work designing new pictures on many of the blogs and re-writing some I am going to make this date May.

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 50 I already completed so it will be 65.

Linky Page – Continue cleaning up linky page with a new March completion.  Just being REAL here.

#write31days, Grace-Filled, Inspiration



This is just too funny, and it fit with this #write31days word for day 25.

We see this sign almost every Sunday on the way to church.  We usually go through the post office to mail our bills, and pull out and see this.  It’s a school crossing sign to watch for children.  This is what we saw on September 2.  It’s hard to believe they don’t keep this tree trimmed or move the sign a few feet behind the tree.

I looked this morning as we pulled out of the post office again.  NO CHANGE!

This post is part of the #write31 day challenge.

I would love for you to check out my other #31 days posts.  I’m trying to write every day in October:

Day 1 – God Painted The Skies For My Walk This Morning

Day 2 – God Paints Masterpieces

Day 3 – Wardrobe, Baby Cribs/Beds, Infant Items – Ideas/Necessities? Day 4 – Brew – Jehovah, Java and Tea

Day 5- Silence

Day 6 – You Living Life Fully and Abundantly

Day 7 – Tests Into Testimonies

Day 8 – Sometimes Life Seems Like A Muddled Mess

Day 9 – Post-It Sticky Notes To Self and My Man with some FREEBIES

Day 10 – Unknown Twins Revealed

Day 11 – Thanks and Reveal of our Fifth Grand baby

Day 12 – Sky

Day 13 – Aware of Precious Moments Day 14 – We’ve Got Mail, I Love Mail

Day 14 – We’ve God Mail, I Love Mail

Day 15 – Moving Forward Into The Seasons of Life

Day 16 – Finding Joy In The Little Things – 100 Little Things

Day 17 – Bible Studies I Love

Day 18 – Neighborhood Coffee/Tea, Be A Gift To Your Neighbors

Day 19 – He Notices Me – El Roi

Day 20 -Weekend

Day 21 – Park

Day 22 – 66 Ways God Loves You {Giveaway}

Day 23 – Blowout – What To Do

Day 24 – Simple Ways to Share God’s Love and Locally

Encouragement, Grace-Filled, Love, Self-Sacrificing, Unconditional Love

Real Love Is

It’s Five Minute Friday and I love joining Kate Matoung and the other FMF ladies for a Friday day of 5-minute blogs.  Come join in!

What is “real” love?  Real love is the kind of love Jesus has for us.  It is that unconditional love – love that expects absolutely nothing in return.  It’s about caring about others and expecting nothing in return.  It’s a love that is grace-filled. It’s a love that is self-sacrificing.

How do we find that “real” love.  We have to go to the Bible to find out.  I believe that 1 Corinthians 13 is probably the most quoted love chapter.  My husband uses it at every wedding.  In it you find what love is:

Love is

Grace-Filled, Inspiration

My Favorite Bible Verses – Day 16 {Free Printable}


Do you know?  Do you REALLY know that if you love God that ALL things work together for good?  Do you know it when times are tough?  Do you believe it?

Remember He is there, He is with us ALWAYS.  He is there at the beginning of our pain, He is with us in the middle of our pain, and He is with us at the end of our pain.  God is at work.  He hasn’t forgotten us even in sickness, death, accidents, tornadoes, hurricanes.  All things are contributing to God’s supreme design for our lives if we are “called according to His purpose” – a promise for all of us as Christians.