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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Time to Take Inventory




My grand babies taking inventory...
It is the beginning of 2015 and it is time to take inventory of your life and prepare for the future. As I looked at my own life, walk with God and where I want to go, I discovered something. There are things I want to take into the new year and things I need to leave behind. What about you? What do you want to take into 2015 and what are the things you need to leave in 2014?

I want to continue solidifying the things God has taught me in this past year. Everything in life is about our relationship with God and with others. God always wants to be with us in every situation. He is always with us, he promises that in scripture, the problem is we often do not realize it and rest in his love. In his love, he wants to help us, guide us and be what we need. I have seen God help me step out to do things I have never done before, provide connections I needed and be my security in the process. He has also been my stability during change and shown me things I have seen as a negative, he sees as a positive and will work it together for my good. He has helped me love people that have not been kind or easy to love. All of these are things I am taking with me into 2015 and intend to build on them.

Recently, I was going through some cabinets and drawers at home. I realized there were things cluttering my my drawers and cabinets and things I needed to simply get rid of. I think it is also important to look at our heart to see what we need to let go of or get rid of. What baggage needs to stay in 2014? I am talking about things like failures, disappointments, hurts and unforgiveness. Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing.” (NIV) If we focus on the negative things and regrets in our lives, it can keep us from fully enjoying the present. Bad things happen to good people, however, each of us has a choice of how we handle them and if we dwell on them. I have wasted plenty of time in my life focusing on failures, disappointments, hurts, unforgiveness, and things that just do not benefit me.What drawer in your life do you need to clean out so you can make room for the new?

Collins and Mama Max
Isaiah 52:1 also instructs us by saying, “Clothe yourself with strength and splendor, shake off your dust, for this is what the Lord says.” (NIV) God tells us that his heart for us is to reach for the strength he provides, shine or be bright to the world around us and get rid of things we do not need. We need to listen to him and what he says instead of negative voices. What do you need to shake off? 
My son being a good daddy!

Perhaps 2014 was a difficult year for you. Maybe you lost your job, lost a loved one, experienced a tragedy, were diagnosed with cancer or another disease. Jeremiah 31:17   is a short scripture and is God’s gift to us as  we walk into 2015. “So there is hope for your future.” (NIV) No matter what you faced in 2014, there is fresh hope for us to grab in 2015. When you walk with God, there is always hope and hope serves as an anchor for our soul.

This year, I challenge you to take a look at your life, shake off and get rid of things you do not need and make room for the new things God has to give you this year. God adores you, so partner with him and remember the best is yet to come!




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Holiday 2014 Love and Laughter

Helping Mama Max with Christmas cooking

Our 2014 holiday was full of lots of love, smiles and fun! Having two 16 month olds around made for lots of action, trips to the park, special memories and sweet times. I have had to laugh as all our plans for the holidays got switched around numerous times. Everyday proved to change from what we thought but it was all ok as we went with each change. I firmly believe learning to adapt quickly to change is part of walking with God. He loves when we depend on him and surrender our plans to him. Life is too short to insist on our plans and our ways. It is much more fun to walk with Jesus and laugh when things do not go as we plan. 
Funny Collins
Stephen and I got to see all our kids, although somehow I didn't manage to get all the pictures. I was too busy cooking! We treasured the times we got to spend with each one of our kids, grand babies, and times we were able to be with friends. Relationships are something I value and treasure and I am thankful for the people God has in my life. Looking forward to 2015! 



Playing with Collins and her new pots and pans


Turett
2014 Christmas Celebration
Laura, Austin and Collins Maxwell, Price (tall redhead in the back) Truett, Mallory and Rob Williams, Kathleen and Stephen
 

Cousins