21 Days of Christmas: Days 16-21

I don’t know if it’s the funk of these last couple of weeks or what. . . But, I’ve been having a hard time trying to finish this series. Maybe because I haven’t been super cheerful. Sometimes, it can be a lot harder to write about something, when you’re feeling the total opposite. But, you know what, that’s exactly why I need to push forward, and wrap this up, as planned-ish. Haha.

I’m a big believer that talking about our struggles, and sharing how we overcome those are some of the best ways to shine light to those who need it.

And, whether or not I’m feeling particularly cheerful. . . the world still needs kindness. We all still need to keep spreading kindness, despite how we are feeling at any given moment. With that being said, let’s continue:

Day 16: Remember to show yourself kindness. I know we’ve done this before. And. . . It’s so so so important that you are showing yourself love and kindness first, and foremost. Without knowing how to do that, and show up for yourself, it’s going to be extremely hard to pass that along to others. Being kind to yourself is something to do on a daily, and regular basis. Do something, today, to show yourself kindness. Are you speaking to yourself negatively?! Turn that around to positive self talk?! Are you being hard on yourself about something?! Take a deep breath, and let it go.

Day 17: Show your community kindness. What is something your community needs?! Is there a road you drive by that is filled with liter?! Get you a trash grabber, some gloves, and a trash bag. Go clean up the side of that road. Of course, take safety precautions, and do your research! In some ways, meeting needs for those in your community may look different, right now. . .But, again, do your research, think about the skills and resources you have, and go show some kindness to your community.

Day 18: Clean up after yourself. Going out to a restaurant?! Tidy your table before you leave to make it easier for the wait staff to clean up after you!

Day 19: Send a friend flowers, and a thoughtful note.

Day 20: Send a struggling friend a care package filled with some of her favorite things.

Day 21: Do something to support a friend’s business.

Kindness is contagious. Spread it like wildfire. Expect nothing in return.

21 Days of Christmas

This year has been hard, there’s no doubt about that. There’s been hardship for practically everyone this year. Fighting a world pandemic. An intense election. Much needed fight for social justice.

So much division.

I feel like this year was inevitable.

Over the past 10 years, it has seemed that each passing year there’s been more anger, more division in the US and across the world. It feels as though this year was the eruption point. The lava has been building for years, and now it’s seems everyone is shouting and not many are listening and doing, and frankly showing love to others.

What if we took the next 21 days, and created a new habit to love others when we disagree, even if we don’t want to.

Ya’ll. This is hard. Yet, I know that if we dig deep, find it within ourselves to say “enough is enough”, we can make a greater change and impact in our social circles. When we do that, I know it’ll make a big difference.

Now, I know I’m writing and sharing this later than I planned. The beauty is. . .we can take 21 days of Christmas and extend that into 2021 when most people feel the hope of Christmas leading up to Christmas Day, and the “magic” fades away. Let’s take that “magic” and keep spreading into the new year and beyond.

Travel and transition

Over the last few months, we have spent most places at the minimum in one spot, monthly. When we started traveling more, in August, we only got to see a couple of places – before I got a job work camping for a couple of months.

And now, we are moving more often, hence the lack of writing over the last couple of weeks!

I liked the predictably of staying in one spot monthly. I like being able to see family and friends for longer. . .

And also, I long to be able to travel places we have never been. It’s harder for us to do that, if we are staying places monthly.

For me, I’d like to find a balance of how-long-is-just-long-enough-to-stay-in-one-place, be able to explore, and not stay there too long.

Which is what I think we are on our way to finding!

Anyways. . .Starting our travel, this year of all years, brings its own set of challenges. Just like for everything else. And one thing I’m really good at is giving up when things get hard. Not this year.

This year, is going to be different. I don’t know about you, but I need this year to be different. I need to know that I can push through a tough season. Or that if I fall off the productivity train, I can hop back on. It’s not the end of the world.

I will not give up on writing and my photography. I enjoy it too much.

As we learn our new normal, of moving more often, I’m working on a few posts that I can’t wait to share. My writings just may be a tad off from what my goals are, and I’m deciding that’s just going to have to be ok!

And just know that if you are feeling the same, you can do this!

Just don’t give up!

Unchanging

Unchanging

Malachi 3:6-11 throughout the Bible and throughout time, scripture shows again and again that God is an unchanging God. He remains the same. When we feel distant from God, it is not God who is distant, it is us.

In Malachi, 3:6-11, we see that our actions can keep us distant from God. We rob God our time and our resources.

Read Malachi 3. Meditate on verses 6-11.

Have a conversation with God.

Ask him: “God, where in my life am I robbing you of my time and resources?”

Challenge:

Write it down. Whatever He speaks…it may come later, while you are working, doing chores, watching TV…stop what you are doing and write it down in your journal.

Now. How can you reconcile “that thing” with God? Spend time with God this week asking Him how you can give back to Him and His kingdom. Once you’ve figured it out, with God. Tell your spouse, mentor, accountability partner, or friend. Make sure to check your heart, before you do. This is about accountability, and God getting the glory…not you. Got all that done? Great. Now go do it.

Verse 11 shows us what will happen when we reconcile with God, what will happen when we are honest with God. He basically tells us “Child of mine, I’ve got your back. I will defend you”. Meditate on verse 11.

Repent and ask forgiveness: God, I have robbed you of ___________. Father, I repent and change my ways. Please forgive me for _________. I want to draw near and close to your heart.

Follow through- Do the thing you said you would change.

Thank Him and Give Him the glory. Thank Him before, during, and after. When God is faithful to do what He said He would do, your story is now His story. Share what happened with someone who needs to know. Invite God into that process. Ask Him who needs to know. When you share what He has done in your life, He gets the glory.

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26 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 23

A couple of days ago, I was feeling the weight of the world. All day, I was feeling like I was not good enough. I needed to sit through the pain, process, yet I could not just get out of my own head.

By the end of the day, my husband was getting ready to teach. And, I decided to take the kids, go get gas, a Dr. Pepper, some Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and go on a drive.

After we filled up, and left the gas station, I was talking to God, telling Him, it was too much. I hate feeling this way. And, He sent me two songs. At just the right moment, He sent me a song about moving mountains, and a song about being enough.

And, in that moment, I felt heard and known, and seen by Him. And the weight of not feeling like I was enough, lifted.

Today, I’m thankful for these God moments.

Also- please know, that if you’re feeling like it’s too much, or you are not enough. You are. You are loved, you are more than enough, just the way you were created to be.

Photo of the Day

Downtown Waco holds a very special place in my heart. Growing up, I was mesmerized by photos that showed how busy downtown Waco was, before the tornado in 1953.

How could that be Waco? There’s nothing down there.

That’s what I always thought.

I always imagined what it must have been like “back in the day”.

The Suspension Bridge holds a super special place in my heart!

It’s where my husband and I got married.