Some down time…now rev’d and ready!

It was good to have some time off to hang out with my son, daughter and mom……to catch up on the cooking shows… play with my new iphone.  I did a little work, a little reading, a little writing but mostly I vegged!  One of the first apps I downloaded to my iphone was a countdown app.  I don’t know why I like countdowns, but I do!  It gives me perspective….seeing how many days to the next three previews and the GRAND OPENING, Sunday, February 21.  I can’t believe it is coming so soon. Join us for a “preview” this Sunday at 10:45. Next previews are January 31 and February 14.  We welcome feedback on what is going right and what could be improved.

How else did I usher in the New Year?  One thing I have done for a couple of years is choose a word or phrase that is my focus for the year…….not really a resolution but some big concept that I want to resonate with and think about in this particular season of my life.  I first read about this on Scrapbooker Ali Edward’s blog.  I especially love when she publishes the list of all the words adopted by many of her readers as they choose their guiding word. You can read the 2010 list here.

My word, or in my case, words?  “FRESH HEART”  taken from 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart, in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.

I am seeking that fresh heart this year. To me that means seeking a fresh and primal, authentic experience with God and with that fresh heart I am seeking that invigorated word and enlivened speech!  Seeking a fresh heart also made me think of a healthy heart.  I am hoping that I can ……. yes, like everyone else’s New Year resolution…..lose some weight this year.  Ok, I’ve said it. Let’s see how that all goes…..

Another thing I am attracted to all year round but at the beginning of the New Year it seems there are more magazine articles on the subject of “organizing”.  I love picking up a magazine and reading a quick article on organizing while waiting in the supermarket line.  Am I the only one who reads the magazines in the check out line?  Someone left a Better Homes and Garden magazine on the plane from Phoenix to El Paso as I traveled this week.  I thought this was a great organizing tip:

Want to organize your closet?  Usually a cramped closet is due to…. too many clothes!  Put an extra hamper in your closet and line it with a large plastic trash bag.  Every two weeks choose one item from your closet that you haven’t worn in one year (actually the article said 6 months but that seems a bit extreme to me) and add it to the hamper.  Do this until you fill the bag and toss it in your car to drop off at Goodwill! Not only will this help you organize your closet, but you will help others in the process!

What about a resolution to do more good for others this year?  I have update the website to give you ideas about volunteering time in January. (Here for Good is an initiative by Concordia to bless neighbors across the street and across the world by doing good in small and large ways.)

What about you.  Have you make any New Years Resolutions?  If you had to choose a guiding word for 2010…..considering this season of your life…..what would it be?  Something interesting to think about……

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