Time Well Spent

Spending time with my children is one of my favorite things to do! (Well, that is when everyone is getting along. 🙂 ) Recently, I enjoyed a night out with my girls as we celebrated Christmas in February! At Christmas, I had given the girls tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at the Fox and so we enjoyed a night out with dinner and the play. The play was amazing and I had such a great time spending the evening with my beautiful girls!

The Fabulous Fox!

The Fabulous Fox!

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My beautiful girls!  <3

My beautiful girls! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Later in the month, Jacob and I had a mother/son date with two friends and their sons. We had a great time having dinner out and going to a painting class!

My son, the artist!

My son, the artist!

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Me and my handsome boy!

Me and my handsome boy!

 

 

 

The guys

The guys

The Moms

The Moms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My kids are such a blessing to me and I love spending time with them!
“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? The fruit of the womb His generous legacy?” ~Psalm 127:3

Trusting His Plan,

Sandra

What Did You Read In January?

One of my goals this year is to read at least 1 book/month. This is probably my easiest goal to meet..I didn’t aim very high, so that at the end of the year, I will have met at least one of my goals. 🙂

So, for the month of January I exceeded my goal! I read two books! The first book was The Syringa Tree and you can read my review here.

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The second book that I read was Rising Strong by Brene Brown. I had heard great things about this book, but I can’t say it was a favorite of mine. Because she was not writing from a Christian perspective, there were things that I did not agree with her about. Of course, not all books have to be written through a Christian worldview to be a good book, but in this particular book it caused me to disagree with her recommended approach to some things. With that being said, there were definitely things that I did agree with and I took away some good ideas and encouragement.

My February is off to a good start, as I have already completed one book this month! What about you? How are you doing with your reading goals for 2016? What did you read in January?? Please feel free to share!!

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

Goal #3 for 2016

I’ve been sharing my goals for 2016. Goal #1 is to read at least one book a month, Goal #2 is to take control of my health, and today I’ll share Goal #3.

Goal #3 is to read through the Bible in a year. I have read all of the books of the Bible…many several times…but I’ve never read through with an intentional plan for completing the entire Bible in one year. This year I am using a reading plan called For the Love of God that is put out by the Gospel Coalition. You can sign up at their site and every day you will receive an email with the day’s reading and a short devotion. The daily reading is approximately 4 chapters…one from four different books of the Bible; so far it’s been two Old Testament books and two New Testament books.

I really like doing it this way. It’s really easy to get bogged down in Leviticus or Numbers if you try to read straight through starting at Genesis. This way there are great glimpses of how the Old Testament and the New Testament really carry the same theme throughout the entire Bible. So far I’ve completed the books of Matthew, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Currently, I am reading the books of Genesis, Job, Mark and Romans.

Even though I’ve listed this as Goal #3, I really consider it my most important goal. God’s Word is active and alive. It has answers to all my questions. It provides me with comfort, wisdom, guidance and peace. It is the number one way that the Lord communicates with me. As a Christ follower, it is my spiritual nourishment and without a daily intake of it, my spiritual health suffers tremendously.

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If you are not already reading the Word every day, I highly encourage you to start. If you’ve never read the Bible before, begin in the book of John…it’s a great place to start! If you have read the Bible, but only in bits and pieces and only on an occasional basis, I encourage you start reading the Bible every day…even if it’s just a chapter or two from Psalms or Proverbs. And if you are ready to go deeper in your knowledge of the Word, I would encourage you to pick a reading plan and commit to reading through the Bible…cover to cover! There are lots of plans to choose from, but this is the link to the For the Love of God plan that I am using: http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/loveofgod/

We all make time for other things in our lives: tv, facebook, other social media, movies, books, magazines, hobbies, etc. I challenge you to make it a priority to spend time in God’s Word every day. It certainly pays greater dividends than any of these other activities!

Even though we are already a month into 2016, it’s not too late to start. Start today and make it a daily habit!

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

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