Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Intentional Mondays



Every month this year I have a new verse to go along with my word for the year, to keep me focused on living Intentionally. January's was Ephesians 5:15-16.
My February verse:
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Philippians 4:12-16 The Message

How was your week??

I loved the weather this week!
It was like a breath of fresh air, warmth, and sunshine (most days anyhow).
What a gift from above. That is one things I enjoy about the state we live in. Even if we do get cold weather, it doesn't last forever. We usually get a little break before the next bout of cold hits. Thank you, Lord! He knows how I feel about the cold.

I spent quite a bit of time this past week, researching our family history. It has been a very interesting experience. I was blessed to have won a gift
certificate to Ancestry.com a while back on Hobbies on a Budget, so I was taking advantage of my "free" time on there. I just wish I had taken time when my grandparents were alive to sit down with them, listen to their stories, and ask questions.
Why is it, that when we are young, we tend to forget that those things are important until it is too late?

How often do we find that we really don't know people, even those closest to us?
Of course, growing up as an MK (missionary kid) was not conducive to spending alot of time with extended family. We spent four years or more out of the country and only returned for brief periods of time in between. Even after I married and lived solely in the U.S., my grandparents were still several states away. There are really no excuses though, I could have written, called, or found a way to learn my family's history, but at that time, when I was younger, it really didn't seem as important as it does now.
The last of my grandparents passed away last year, my maternal grandmother. I miss all of them.


Interestingly enough one of the books I am reading, The Sea Keepers Daughter has really motivated me to search out a bit of my family history. It contains the most intriguing letters written by one of Roosevelt's  Federal Writers to her sister.
Along with that, the You First Journal by Lea Michelle also encourages a look into your family's past. For instance, do you know how your parents met? Their love story? Your grandparents?  I think this is a great addition to my Intentional year!



Now for the book/reading part of this blog:


I am currently reading and will be blogging by the end of the week Molly Jebber's latest book:
I am also getting ready to read
And I am soooo excited to have received this book in the mail a few days ago!!
I love Dani Pettrey! I read the whole Alaskan Courage Series and just can't wait to see what this one is about. 

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