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Week 1 Verse – Jeremiah 29:11

As part of my “Goals For 2014” I decided to choose a different Bible verse for each week.  Something to think about and pray on.  This week I went with Jeremiah 29:11.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This verse is an obvious choice.  At the beginning of the year we take stock of the previous one and prepare and plan for the new one.  It’s good to be reminded that God’s on our side and wants us to do well.

Here’s the same verse out of The Message, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”.

God has it all planned out!  I like that.  The control freak in me does better with a plan.  The thing I need to remember is that God has the plan but I am the one that has to implement that plan.  I need an open mind and heart to hear what he wants me to do and then the discipline to follow through.

Another thing I like about The Message version of this verse is the “not abandon” you part.  When God’s plan pushes me out of my comfort zone I need to stay strong in the belief that God is right there with me.  If he brings me to it, he’ll bring me through it.

The final reason I like The Message version is because it sounds like something I would say to my daughters.  Just like our Heavenly Father uses a verse like this to comfort us… as parents we’ve all said something similar to comfort our own children.  “It’s OK, sweetheart.  Daddy knows what he’s doing.  It’ll all work out.  You’ll see.”

I believe God’s plan for me in 2014 is to grow both personally and professionally.  His plan is underway and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

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No Resolutions… Just Goals!

I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions.   I’m not opposed to them but just never really saw the point.  Recently, however, I have realized the importance of setting goals.  Quantifiable goals that you can say, “Yes, I did that,” or “I fell a little bit short on that one.”

I’ve decided 2014 will be a year of change for me.  What exactly does that mean?  I’m not really sure but I do know that by achieving the goals I’ve set for this year there will be positive changes in my life. Changes that could have a big impact on my family.

So here goes.  My list of goals for 2014:

1.  Pick one Bible verse to focus on and pray about each week. Whatever my mood or need is for the week I’ll search out a verse to reflect on.

2.   Continue to blog at least 3 times a week.  This really has been a fun outlet for me.   I enjoy learning about all aspects of blogging and want to continue to promote this site.

3.   Read at least 12 books and listen to at least 12 audio books.   This may not seem like much but it’d be more than I accomplished this year.

4.   Get up by 5:30am at least 3 days per week.  I could get alot done by getting up earlier.

5.    Have a date night with my wife at least once a month.   We didn’t take the time to go out nearly enough in 2013.

6.  Have at least 1 family movie night per month.  Popcorn, smoothies, Twizzlers… sounds like fun.

7.  Have at least one family outing per month.   A minor league baseball game, community events, auto races… there are so many inexpensive things we could do as a family if we just made a plan to do them.

8.     Try at least 2 new recipes or foods per month.  Seems like we’re always making the same things so I’m looking for a way to shake things up a bit.

9.  Make at least one networking phone call/contact per week.  Will 2014 bring about a job or career change for me?  I can’t say but after being at the same place for more than 20 years I’m finally mentally prepared to consider other career options.

10.  Drink at least 3 Tervis tumblers full of water a day.   I need to drink more water.  (We love Tervis in our house)

That’s it.  My goals for the year.  By doing them all 2014 will truly be a year of change!

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Brighten Someone’s Day

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”  I’m not sure where I originally heard that quote but I was reminded of it last night.

My wife works retail managing the women’s clothing section of a large outdoor store.   Yesterday they had a customer that they had helped before Christmas come back into the store.   He wasn’t there to complain.   Just the opposite.

He made a special trip back into the store to say thank you for the help he received picking out presents for his wife.   Everything fit her perfectly and she loved them all.   Wow!  That’s cool!   That simple act of kindness showed by that gentleman brightened several lives yesterday.

It is a moment I’m sure they’ll remember and may return to in their mind when having to deal with difficult customers.

This got me thinking.  Why as a society are we so quick to complain but so slow to offer praise?   Why can’t we show an attitude of gratitude every once in awhile?

I’m just as guilty as the next guy but I plan to try and change that this week.   Instead of asking God for what it is I think I need I’ll thank him for what he’s already given me.  I’ll look for ways to thank others and brighten their day.   Won’t you join me?

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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