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Various Updates

Sunset view in my backyard

My friend and I are almost finished reading “12 Ways” and I have already begun making changes. I will have an update and longer post soon. This book was eye-opening and very helpful. I knew that I needed to change things but had been putting it off. This book and the accountability has pushed me to do what I know I need to do!

I almost feel silly writing this because I only work two days a week but it has been a huge change for me. The main thing is how tired I am! As soon as the kitchen is cleaned from dinner, I want to go to bed! There are many things that I have put aside because I’m just too tired.

I will be starting a new Bible study in the fall and it will be on Thursday nights, one of the days that I work. I will head home, eat, and then go out. I am praying now for the strength and energy to not only go to the study but also to work on it each day.

Lastly, one of things that I enjoy the most during the spring/summer/fall is being able to sit outside on my deck. We have a canvas gazebo that covers it along with a few chairs and a 3-seat swing. Oh, how I love sitting there and watching the birds in my backyard and listening to the sounds of nature. Last year I made a little fountain and the sound of the water is lovely on a hot day.

Bible study, faith life, homekeeping, prayer

Happy New Year

0b7fd-newyearIt’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions.  I made some resolutions regarding my health and exercise.  I also made one about Target….not going there unless absolutely necessary.  I go in there to buy a few things and come out spending close to $100.  So this year, I’m on a Target-fast.  Most of the things I buy there, I can buy at Wal-Mart; although I hate going to Wal-Mart but I figure if I go during the day it won’t be so bad.

My main resolution is to be more consistent with my Bible reading and prayer.  I do well when I’m in a study but not so good otherwise.  I know the Word is the source of my strength and hope but sometimes I neglect it.  The same with prayer.  I spent so much time putting together a prayer journal but realized that I haven’t been praying as much as I should.  I love to get organized but I seem to fail at implementation.

Thankfully, there is this:  As you start this new year, your hope is not in what you will do for God, but in what He has already done for you. (Paul Tripp)

I’m ever thankful that He loves me even when I fail.