Here Comes 2014!

Ahh…It’s almost 2014.

It’s that time of year when everyone looks back on the last year and either talks about how great or horrible it was.

For me 2013 was OK. It flew by fast, but that’s what hitch living does to you.

The best part? Watching my babies grow and actually being home to do it.

Like everyone else I’ve been thinking about the year ahead and what I want it to bring. No, this isn’t a post about resolutions; this is a post about goals.

I’m still implementing the great things I learned from “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”, by Crystal Paine, into my life and I know that they will have a role in accomplishing my goals.

So, in no particular order, here are my goals for 2014:

1) Get a job. Yes, I love being home with the kids. No, I never planned to do it forever. I love the feeling of success at a job that I love as well as the feeling of contributing to our family financial situation. I just keep praying that God will open the right doors for me at the right time so that I am placed in a job that I love and that allows me to help people.

2) Work on getting out of debt. Notice I didn’t say “become debt free by the end of the year.” Yeah, because that is unrealistic. JR and I have a plan and we have to find the discipline to stick with it.

3) Reach my goal weight. No, I will not share my current weight or my goal weight. Some of you are actually good with math and can put the numbers together. Just know that I am giving myself an entire year to reach a very reasonable goal.

4) Become a morning person. Well, at least a person who actually rolls out of bed within the first two times her alarm goes off.

5) Learn and successfully cook 10 new recipes. I’m sure Pinterest will be my muse on this one.

6) Read the Bible, in its entirety, by Christmas 2014.

7) Write at least one blog post a week. Seriously. I need to get on that.

That’s it. I don’t want to create an obnoxiously long list that I’ll end up ignoring due to it’s length so I’ll stop here.

What are your goals? How do you intend to reach them? Share in the comments or send me a tweet

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Patience and Parenting

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I chose this picture for today’s post because it was an extremely trying day and I failed miserably. It was hot, and my daughter wanted nothing to do with taking pictures with her brother. She made every attempt to drive me out of my mind. I’m very glad that day is over!

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a temper. I also have the tendency to lash out at my daughter when I’m frazzled or she has been trying my nerves all day. Afterwards, I feel horrible and hug her and ask her to forgive me, only to repeat the cycle the next day. Things get worse while JR is on a hitch and everything (kids, dogs, homework, housework, bills, etc.) falls on me. I don’t harbor any resentment toward JR for being able to get away from all of it because he is working very hard and is making it possible for me to stay at home with our kids.

I keep telling myself that I’ll try harder and will do better next time I feel my temper rising. And I do try, it just doesn’t work. So, I’ve decided to see what the Bible says about patience and parenting.

One of the first things I did was to buy Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. If you are a control freak momma/wife (I’ve got my hand raised on this one), this is the book for you. I’m a little more than halfway through it and I have learned so much. We can’t control everything and Karen Ehman gives biblical examples of why *gasp*  we aren’t supposed to. Trust me. You’ll be amazed.

I also completed the five-day Unglued challenge by Lysa Terkeurst on the Bible App. (If you don’t have this app already, I strongly recommend it. You can download it to your iPhone, Kindle, or android phone.) It’s a short challenge, but it will really get you in the right mind frame.

Of course, I turned to the Bible to find verses that mention patience and parenting. Here is what I’ve found:

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

Slow to anger, huh? That is a big one for me. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

When my patience is being tested, I need to pray for the strength to handle the situation with God’s patience. Let’s face it, it’s not our patience that gets us through. It’s leaning on His.

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18

The more upset and hot-headed I become when dealing with my children, the worse the situation is going to get. I don’t want my children to mimic that type of behavior. I want my children to calm their quarrels, not stir them up.

There are many more verses that speak on patience, but these are the ones that spoke to me on a parenting level. What verses do you lean on in instances that need patience in parenting? Leave your comment below, send me a tweet, or comment on my Facebook page!

This is my personal struggle that I know many others are facing. Things aren’t going to change overnight, but I am committed to seeing change happen.

“When Women Say Yes to God” Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31

One of my favorite ministries is Proverbs 31. It’s not just that they are based right here in North Carolina, but that they are real women trying to help other women to become deeply rooted in their faith. I also love how getting the devotions in my inbox each morning. The real life stories and lessons are inspiring and amazing.

Starting in a few weeks is an online bible study using Lysa TerKeurst’s book “When Women Say Yes to God”. If you are interested, check out this website for details and to sign up!

Also, one of the study leaders is giving away copies of the book on her blog. Check out Nicki Koziarz’s site for the details on that.

If you plan to join the study, please let me know.  Maybe we can bounce ideas off each other! I’d love to get to know any of you that are going to participate!