More on resolutions…..

Maybe you want to do more than focus on one word as a non resolution resolution like me (see my post on this).  I liked this post by http://www.rodneyhunt.wordpress.com

My Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Here are some popular New Year’s resolutions. None of mine made that list. Here are my top 10 resolutions:

10. Teach more and become a better listener.

9. Laugh more and find the humor in things more readily.

8. Recognize my sin for what it is and deal with it promptly. 

7. Be heavenly minded while on earth.

6. Guard my heart and be attentive to what is going on inside me.

5. Use my God given gifts and fulfill the call of God on my life. 

4. Slow down and eliminate hurry as much as possible. Here are some quick tips on how to slow down.

3. Love my wife and kids more.

2. Put God first and give him my all.

1. Worship the One who saved me.

How about you? What are your resolutions? Do any of these resonate with you?

A pictograph of the ONE WORDs

Maybe your one word is among these?

One Word for 2012.

From the gritandglory.com blog below you can read about this movement to choose ONE LITTLE WORD as your guide for the year.  I heard first about this through one of the scrapbookers I follow.

Like the explanation below ,  I too have been one to make a non-reolutions resolutions.  I have done this for a few years.  Yes, I do have my goals (usually short term, acctionable goals) but I have found tremendous power behind the choosing of a one little word as a guide for the entire year.  This year as in past years, my word has found me.  It has come to me….and I am certain it is born from a deep place….a guiding from God and His knowledge whispered as something that can bless me if I am mindful of it.  Because it can be remembered, it can be applied to a variety of situations and decisions and simply, everyday life!

My word for 2012?  ORDER

For a creative type like me, this is a challenge but something I know I will need this next year to be able to enjoy, achieve and live my best life!

Yep, this word found me…..and it is perfect for me.

If you are interested in playing along……share with me in the comments what your one word is for 2012.

–Melissa

 

(from the gritandglory.com blog on the one little word concept):

I’ve never been a New Year’s resolutions girl.One Word 2011

I just can’t bring myself to do it. I think I tried once. And a few months later when I couldn’t even remember what my resolutions were — or where my list was — I felt like a miserable failure.

And I’ve never resolutioned again.

But last year I decided to choose one word to focus on. My own personal non-resolution resolution.

No list. No specifics. No goals. Just one word.

Risk.

And I stayed mindful of it all year.

It helped me make decisions. Take steps. Share my heart. It spurred me on. Challenged me. Inspired me. I loved it and I hated it, but I didn’t forget it.

It was just one word.

But it made a huge difference in my year. In my life.

Many of you joined me in the one word challenge. All year, I journeyed with you through your blog posts, twitter statuses, and conversations. I watched as you embraced your word. As you allowed it to lead you through your year. As God used it to mold and shape you.

One word.

One simple, powerful word.

It’s time to choose a new one for the new year.

I finally settled on mine. It felt like a difficult decision. I had lists of options. All good words. All things I want to be, or live, or do. But ultimately, I needed to choose just one.

And in line with the rest of 2010, I had to risk even in this.

Which, after the year I’ve had, feels like no small thing.

But I felt like God was drawing me to this word. Like it was less about me choosing it and more about it choosing me.

So I held my breath, shut my welly eyes tight, and committed to it.

Will you consider one-wording it with us this year?

Maybe a solitary word grabs your heart right this moment. Maybe, like me, you need to make a list and then ask Him to guide you from there.

And then let’s walk this road together. As a community. As a family.

What do you want to focus on in 2011?

Who do you want to be?

You can do this.

We can do this.

Together.

One Word 2011.

The Story of Jesus – Santa style!

Ole St. Nick visited the preschool this morning!  Boy does he get the childrens’ attention!  Only one child broke out in tears…..he definitely has had a bad Santa experience! The look on the childrens faces is a mix of shock and terror!  Hehehehe.

No, they weren’t all that terrified because Santa engaged them in conversation about Jesus and how we love Him and follow Him and there were plenty with good responses.

Santa had a pretty cute helper in elf green with him…..Nancy!  She helped Santa get into his suit and even had to help Santa turn the pages on the big story book….I think Santa had some new gloves on!

What a wonderful visit by jolly ole’ St. Nick!

Entering the new year….

I hope you are planning on coming to celebrate Christmas at Concordia at one of our Christmas services…..on Saturday, Christmas Eve at 4pm (Family) or 6pm (Candlelight) or on Christmas Day at 9:30am.

You are probably giving some thought to the fact that we are nearing the end of the year and the beginning of a new year….2012!

I have enjoyed a daily reading in the Book of Proverbs…..and it has been a huge encouragement!  I am excited that most recently, both my son and daughter have joined me in reading Proverbs daily.  It gives me an opportunity to copy my favorite verse in the daily reading and share via twitter and send to my kids via a text message.

The system is easy.  There are 31 chapters in Proverbs…..one for each day.  I read the chapter that corresponds to the day.

They are wildly practical….deep….applicable to daily life…..offer steps to deal with people and acquire wisdom as we get to know and honor God more.  Wisdom!  It is a concept not often talked about.  It is important.  The ability to exercise good judgement.  Wow it’s easy to see why this is needed in our world. But what we don’t often reflect on is that it is so needed in our own lives.  That’s always a good place to start……our need.  Read Proverbs for yourself. It is a gift you give yourself.

I have used the free bible app for my smart phone  (also available on your computer) offered by lifechurch.tv called YOUVERSION.  I have been reading out of the Message translation which uses a modern idiom.  I love the fresh way it communicates.

Consider it as a way to begin, restart or revitalize your reading of God’s Word for next year.  It has taught me a great deal over the last few months. I think you will also be blessed.  I would love to hear about how it goes with you.

Consider also joining a HOME group in the new year.  We launch our new series and HOME groups again on the weekend of January 7th and 8th.  More info to follow.

Focus on how you can get to know Jesus better and love Him more.  It is a good thing!

Living Nativity Program

Children are wonderful communicators of the love of Jesus….and they told the story of the birth of Jesus and invited the whole community to hear!  What a great day.  About 1,000 people attended.  More than 150 young children were involved in the telling.  About 130 volunteers teamed together to make the work light and fun!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…..so enjoy….

Children receiving last minute instructions

The backdrop of the mountains was beautiful!

The narrator: Pastor Schmidt

The children singing J-E-S-U-S

The Angel announcing to the shepherds that Jesus is Born!

Two of the Three Kings

Mary and Joseph

The Preschool Teaching Staff of Concordia