a word from The Sponsor ~ October 23

2 Chronicles 29:36  “Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over what God had prepared for the people, because the thing came about suddenly.”  2 Chronicles 29:36 (NASB)

Yes! Breakthroughs often arrive suddenly… wishing you many “suddenlies” in the upcoming week.

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a word from THE Sponsor ~ October 2

Use your time in the best way you can. ~Colossians 4:5 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

It is that time of year… email Inbox in the double digits, laundry in piles, papers too, leaves needing a rake, winterizing on the to-do list.

My to-do list, your to-do list. If I am not very intentional, then I begin to be in the service of my to-do list.

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Colossians 4:5 addresses how to spend time with those who need The Savior. I think there are applications to general time management too.

I like the simplicity of the International Children’s Bible’s version of  Colossians 4:5: Use your time as best you can. It is much more concrete than other versions: redeeming the time (KJV), or  make the most of every opportunity (NIV).

Do the best you can, do not spend time in guilt-drama over not spending time correctly. And, because of grace, the best way is the way that brings praise and glory to Him.

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This Weekend ~ September 30 ~ Last Times

This weekend, the last weekend of September, do something for the last time this season.

To what do you need to say goodbye, bid farewell, or put away?
That was the question earlier this week.

Could be something simple, like put away the summer lawn chairs, put away the beach towels, discard the back-to-school sale flyers.

Could be something more difficult, like reconcile Q3 spreadsheets for the last time, run to the Farmer’s Market for the last couple of summer tomatoes (they will be the smallish one), or watch the “apogee of the lunar orbit” or Dark Moon for the last time until August 21, 2017

Could also be symbolic, such as eating the last s’more before a return to my healthy eating resolution, or the last time I guilt myself for self-care when “there are so many things to do”, or doing something because of WHADITW (we have always done it this way).

 

And what we you get for our effort? We give ourselves the gift of completion. We receive the sublime feeling of accomplishment. We open the gift of Closure. We move beyond “TO-DO” to DONE!

 

Your Choice. Your Last time.

 

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Midweek Question: September 28

To what do you need to say goodbye, bid farewell, or put away?

 

Some things I do are not productive. They start a spiral of inattentiveness, avoidance, inactivity, then guilt-shaming because I have not managed my time.

“Time is our most precious resource. It’s far more important than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. You only have a certain amount allotted to you in this life. You can’t make time, you can’t borrow time, you can’t save time, you can’t extend time. You can only use it. We all have the same amount of time every week: 168 hours. If you don’t learn to manage your time well, you cannot manage anything else in your life, because your time is your life.” ~Rick Warren

Here are some things as I begin to compose my “Goodbye Girl List”:

I’m saying goodbye to: whining (my own and others). I’m saying goodbye to waiting for a parking place up close. I’m just going to park out in the back-40 and walk it- saves time and adds steps.

It is time for a farewell to: absent-minded email checking, absent-minded snacking, and absent-minding NewsFeed scrolling.

I’m putting away “childish things” such as: catalogs, online sale emails, requests to join clubs, crusades, and games.

That’s the start of my list. What is/are on your Goodbye Girl or Goodbye Guy list?

 

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a word from THE Sponsor ~ August 21

Exodus 13:21-22Perfect verse for back-to-school or back-to-work:

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22

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A Dozen Things For Every Grad To Remember

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Today, I wrote a post on our university blog. I thought it might fit well here too:

A Dozen Things For Every Graduate To Remember:

 

 

  1. Develop a spirit of gratitude. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
  2. Start by thanking God. ~1 Chronicles 16:34
  3. Then, thank your parents. ~Ephesians 6:2
  4. Keep learning. ~Proverbs 27:11;  1 Corinthians 2:15
  5. Fight any Tendency Toward Fear. ~ Deuteronomy 31:8     
  6. Find or reconnect with a church home. ~Acts 2:42
  7. Rethink failure. ~Job 4:4;  1 Samuel 2:4
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    Failure isn’t getting it wrong. It’s having never tried.)
  8. Take time to Reflect. ~Psalm 49:3
  9. Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Turn them into Joy. ~2 Corinthians 10:5
  10. Let Love Be Your Guide: “Loved people love people.” ~Titus 3:14
  11. Remember, God will always love you. ~John 3:16
  12. Remember, you are enough: Moses didn’t think he was qualified enough. Gideon didn’t think he was strong enough. Sarah didn’t think she was young enough. The woman at the well didn’t think she was holy enough. Zacchaeus didn’t think he was tall enough. God takes you as you are. He’ll qualify you and strengthen you. He’ll give you what you need.

Readers, What advice would you give to a graduate?

 

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Adapted from: jenniferdukeslee.com

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Midweek Question ~ March 16

Do I Acknowledge Christ or Adore Him?

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