The Thanksgiving Proclamation

On October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation. The third Thursday in November was set aside as a national holiday of thanksgiving and praise. To celebrate our national heritage and to draw upon the words of this great president, here is the first page Lincoln’s address.

Thanksgiving-Proclamation-300x300By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State

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May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude and love!
xo Becky

Originally posted on 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting on November 28, 2013
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Fostering Thankfulness

Fostering ThankfulnessThanksgiving is a time for families to gather, celebrating with thankful hearts. To grow an attitude of gratitude in your family, recognize both the large and small gifts in life. Set the stage for thankfulness by noticing the blessings.

Be intentional about how you’ll portray gratitude at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. Start your meal off by saying grace, thanking God for the food as well as the family members and friends gathered around. The Bible provides wonderful examples of why we say a blessing before we eat. In Matthew 14:19, Jesus fed a large crowd of hungry people. Before the meal was served, he gave thanks to God. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

Here are a few suggestions to make the Thanksgiving blessing special at your house.

• Hold hands at the table during grace.
• Start a dinner conversation around thankfulness by asking each guest what he/she is thankful for this past year.
• Say a traditional prayer in unison.
• Ask a child to say the blessing.
• Mix up the generations at the table; kids next to the grandparents, tweens and teens with the adults.

Here are a few former posts to help you and your family set the stage for gratefulness this Thanksgiving.

• Thankful Hearts Prepare What are the members of your family most grateful for? Use the download to record the blessings.
• Thankful Hearts Care Show your thankfulness by sharing with others. Operation Christmas Child is a great way for children to help less fortunate kids have a Christmas gift.
• Thankful Hearts Share Download scripture to share with your guests as napkin rings. Click here for Thanksgiving place cards your children can use to color and decorate the table.
• Thankful Hearts with Thanksgiving Fare The post includes a yummy and easy recipe for Orange Cranberry Sauce. I’m grateful each year because my kids make the cranberry sauce!

What are ways you foster grateful hearts in your children? 

Stress Reducers for Mom

Stress Reducers for MomLast week was all about creating margin during these busy holiday months. And in creating these margins we are actually giving ourselves the gift of time.

Stop and enjoy beauty: a bouquet of flowers, a fresh dusting of snow, a conversation with your little one. But when we’re in the midst of this busy season, here are a few tips to keep the peace…within yourself.

This is a repost of a popular top ten list for moms I wrote in 2013. I hope you find the suggestions helpful!



Top Ten Tips for Stressed Out Moms

1. Take a deep breath. Realize this too shall pass. The stress of today will be gone and replaced by another pressing issue tomorrow. You’ll soon forget what was causing angst today.

2. Give yourself permission to say no to volunteer requests. Saying no allows someone else an opportunity to serve and creates margin for you.

3. Be selective in activities for your child. Children do not have to experience every extra curricular activity before kindergarten. Hectic schedules can be the result of peer pressure to enroll kids in too many activities.

4. Rest. Get enough sleep to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.

5. Eat well. Skip the quick pick-me-ups like caffeine and sugar. Opt for whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Stay hydrated to avoid a whole host of health problems including headaches. Nothing is worse than a stress and dehydration headache.

7. Take time to be with your spouse, alone. Time without kids to focus on the two of you builds a strong relationship. Keep in mind the kids joined your marriage.

8. Keep up with your own interests. Having a hobby helps to relieve stress and gives you personal time to enjoy your own interests.

9. Join forces with other parents. Organize carpools, homework helps, and babysitting. Find a friend, preferably one who is a good cook, and offer to share meals once a week, each making double to provide dinner for one another.

10. Pray! Reliance on God will take the pressure off you. As the old adage goes, “Give it to God, He’s going to be up all night anyway.” Quiet time to discuss the problems of the day is balm for the soul.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29


What would you add to this list of stress reducers?

More Margin, Less Stress

More Margin, Less StressIn parenting classes I sometimes begin with an ice breaker. A favorite is, “If you had a day to yourself to do anything you’d like without any regard to time, money or distance, what would you do, where would you go, and with whom?”

Moms with younger children get animated with the thought of a day to whatever, wherever, with whomever. The answers have ranged from an exotic day at the beach or a trip to Paris to a day in a hammock with a good book or a romantic date for two. There’s always laughter, encouragement, and a few “Oh, that’s a great idea!”

What if we could carve out a small version of just that, time for each one of us to do some of the things we’d like to do and less stress about the things we think we have to do. What if in the busyness of the approaching holidays we set aside time to enjoy lunch with friends, a mini spa day at home (or at the spa), an evening curled up by the fire with a good Christmas novel? Better yet, what if we  gave ourselves the gift of time; quiet time for prayer or study time to read God’s Word, time to spend with the people we love? 

Last weekend I had a special activity planned with my nieces. The girls had chosen a recipe for cupcakes in a cook book I had given one of them for a birthday gift. I prepared the batter, baked the cakes, and had them cooling when the girls arrived. The house smelled chocolaty. The frostings were mixed. The sprinkles were ready. The Disney Princess Glitter Gels were open. The girls and I got creative, after we tasted the frosting and mini candies of course.

This was a perfect afternoon activity, especially after the HeartCORe Parenting Conference last Saturday. I’m not sure who had more fun, the little girls or me! Partway through a conversation regarding the shade of yellow in Belle’s ball gown I vowed I’d find more margin the next eight weeks.

Where to begin? The calendar and the to-do list.

What commitments are mandatory? What activities are negotiable?
How can the preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas be streamlined?
What gifts will be meaningful, not just collect dust or need to be exchanged?
Who can I serve this holiday season?
How can I model peace and calm to my own family in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays?
Most importantly, how can I draw closer to the One who is the reason for the season?

My desire is to be more like Mary, while my personality is to be more like Martha…too busy with the details that probably really don’t matter to anyone but me.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 


This holiday season, I’m going to carve more time for God, family, and friends. Time to be with the ones I love, time to reflect, and time to enjoy the most beautiful time of the year.

What are you going to do now to reduce the busyness of the holidays?

Who’s Speaking at HeartCORe?

Friends,
This weekend marks the first of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Conferences. I thought I’d take an opportunity to introduce you to the fabulous team members speaking at the event. Each has a unique story and is an expert in his/her field. I hope you’ll make time to join us!

 The HeartCORe Parenting Conference Speaking Team
Minneapolis
November 1, 2014

Matt-BLOG Matt Haviland is a single father of a beautiful little girl and the founder of a single dads ministry, A Father’s Walk. Matt has a passion to lead and grow others in theri walk with Christ and help turn generational curses into blessings by equipping single dads in their walk with the Lord. Matt is the author of A Father’s Walk, co-author of The Daddy Gap, and co-founder of Grand Rapids Single Parent Expo. Matt was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan where he currently resides.

Misty-blogMisty Honnold is the Founder and Executive Director of The Single Mom KC. She has been featured in Overwhelmed magazine, a guest writer for Frontline Moms, and she hosts the podcast Mocha Moments for the Single Mom. Misty is a single mom of four. Her greatest life work has been loving and leading her family well. Misty’s own challenges a single mom have equipped her to offer encouragement, hope, and resources to other single mothers. She travels to train, teach, and equip churches and communities to love and aide single mothers. She resides in Kansas City.

Pete-blogPete Larson, husband and dad of two sons, is the Executive Director of Family Fest Ministries in Bloomington, Minnesota. Family Fest seeks to strengthen families and marriages in their Christian Faith through week-long and weekend retreats. Many of you have participated in his awesome family events and Marriage Booster Retreats. Pete often speaks on the topics of marriage and parenting. He and his wife, Lynn, have two sons.

 

Megan-blog

Megan Stone author of The Ownership Series and Own Your Own Education: a Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) is the founder and president of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc. Megan has her Master’s Degree in Science Education and has taught in Minnesota. Megan leads parent and teacher seminars and offers one on on coaching for students. Megan and her husband and two children live in the Twin Cities.

Lori-BLOGLori Wildenberg, wife and mom of four, easily relates to a parent’s joys and struggles. Lori, licensed parent and family educator and  co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, is passionate about coming alongside parents to encourage, equip, and support them. Her warm, straightforward, and transparent approach meets parents where they are and helps get them to where they want to go. Lori is co-author of three parenting books, including Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love. She is also a team member and mentor mom with The MOM Initiative and Moms Together. The Wildenbergs home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

And I’ll be there too! Join us! There’s still time to register.  

With faith, hope & love,
Becky

To Busy? Make Time to be Refreshed

Make Time to be RefreshedNot long ago, a good friend used a hamster wheel analogy to describe how she felt as a wife and mom. Her days were packed with commitments, her own and her family’s. She was hurrying to get everything done, just to find herself further behind at the end of the day. When her head would finally hit the pillow, she’d pass out in exhaustion only to wake in the middle of the night remembering all she had to do the next day. Sound familiar?

If you feel like you’re on the hamster wheel, come, take a day for yourself. Better yet, take a day for you and your spouse. Get refreshed and renewed in your faith and enriched in your parenting. If you haven’t registered already, do so today for the HeartCORe Parenting Conference on Saturday, November 1. Click for a direct link to the online registration at Christ Presbyterian Church. 

After the conference, you’ll have a copy of Raising Little Kids with Big Love or Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love, both with a study guide. Get a group of friends together for a weekly study to delve deeper into what it means to parent with faith, hope, love, and other attributes from the Love Chapter of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13. Paul ends chapter 12 with these words, “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” He then launches into the characteristics of love found in chapter 13.

I’d love to dig deeper with you! Let me know how I can be a resource to you, your family, small group or church. Contact me here.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,
but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love,
I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and
give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love,
I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

What’s your greatest challenge as a parent?

Faith, Hope, and Love…HeartCORe

HeartCORe 7What are the greatest gifts a parent can give a child? Faith, hope, and love.

Join members of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting team to be encouraged, equipped, and refreshed in your parenting walk at the 2014 Minneapolis HeartCORe Parenting Conference. Mark your calendar and register today for Saturday, November 1, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church.

Here’s a run down of the 12 power-packed workshops the team has planned for the HeartCORe Parenting Conference. We’ve covered all the bases to make it a day of enrichment, just for you!.

HeartCORe Parenting Conference Breakout Workshops

 Session I
1. 24/7 Kids: A Parent’s Guide to a Kid’s Tech World   Becky Danielson
Technology has changed our world and the way we raise our kids. How do we as parents keep up with the changes? In this workshop, we will discuss setting limits and creating boundaries for technology, including cell phones, the Internet, and social media. We will explore media tools, the effects of screen time on children, and how to intentionally unplug as a family. Led by Becky Danielson, M.Ed., cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting.(Parents of elementary to high school)

2. Father’s Love   Matt Haviland
Based off of Matt’s experience of growing up without a strong male role model in his own life, we will talk about the love only a father can have for his own children─ and why that is so important to be nurtured by single moms. We will also cover how our kids thrive when we are advocates for the other parent─ instead of adversaries; and how other strong Christian men can stand in the gap if Dad is not available. Most of all, we will discuss how God steps in as the perfect Father and even when it feels like we are out in the middle of an ocean of worry and despair─ He is right there all along to guide and protect. Led by Matt Haviland, founder of A Father’s Walk. (single mothers, church/ministry leaders)

3. Got Your Back   Pete Larson
In the beginning, God created marriage. Well, it wasn’t the very first thing, but since it was the first human relationship to appear in scripture, God obviously considers it important. Using scripture, stories, and humor, Pete Larson of Family Fest Ministries will help us discover how we can love deeper, communicate clearer, support each other, and have more fun with the most intimate person in our lives. (All ages, married)

4. Own Your Education   Megan Stone
God has given us the privilege of being a parent and raising our children. Many times we feel lost as to what is the best way to equip our children to do their best in school. When thinking about the idea of ownership, pride, and hard work we need to look no further than to our Heavenly Father for an example. He allows us to make decisions in our lives, to learn from our mistakes, take pride in our successes, and is always there to intervene when necessary. This is what we need to do with our own children. Megan Stone, M.Ed., Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc., will discuss why students lack ownership, what has been done to take ownership away, and how to begin to help children to regain ownership of their lives. (Parents of elementary-age to college age children)

Session II
1. A Father’s Walk   Matt Haviland
According to recent statistics, single parents are one of the fastest growing demographics in America. Still, they are also one of the most under-served. Working off of the book A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resource for Single Fathers, we will cover some powerful areas of discussion that we single fathers face regularly, including: Loving our children’s mother in a Christ-like way, what happens when another man comes into the picture, a “spiritual workout”, discipleship, and leaving a godly legacy through it all. This is a must for any single father to attend and will make a solid impact in helping a generation of children to grow up with their fathers by equipping and serving all single dads in Christ. Led by Matt Haviland, founder of A Father’s Walk. (Single fathers, church/ministry leaders)

2. Equipping the Body of Christ to Minister to Single Moms   Misty Honnold
The Word of God makes it clear that we are to ‘visit’ the widow and fatherless. However, single mothers are often considered a ‘black hole’ of ministry. Over 80% of women who become single mothers actually leave the church. Join Misty Honnold, the Single Mom Ministry, as she unpacks the Lord’s heart to reach out, surround, and cover these women and children. She will offer practical steps to take to strengthen families so they will live out their God-given destinies. (Single mothers, those in relationship w/ single mothers, ministry leaders)

3. Tools for School   Megan Stone
Many parents ask their children, “Why can’t you just do this?” The better question is “Do you have the tools to complete this job?” As adults we need to remember that we are not reliving our school experience through our children. Students of today need different tools. Helping your children own their education and life allows children to gain control, making a difference in their future. Through ownership of choices, they will be able to learn from both success and failure. But how and where do you start? Megan Stone, M.Ed., Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc., will discuss ways to equip children with tools to take ownership of their lives in order to be successful in both school and in life. (Parents of elementary-age to college age children)

4. Who’s the Boss?   Lori Wildenberg
Do you want to know how to deal with and extinguish temper tantrums, power struggles, and whining? Do you want to make time-outs effective? And in the midst of these difficulties have you discovered your fuse can be a little…short? If so, come to Who’s the Boss and learn how to effectively deal with these frustrating challenges so you can be the parent you want to be. Presented by Lori Wildenberg, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. (Parents of toddlers to eight-year-olds)

Session III
1. Same Page Parenting   Becky Danielson
Do your children ever say, “Well, Dad told me I could” or “Mom said yes”? Get on the same page as your spouse and bring unity to your family, security to your children, and reduce the stress in your marriage or relationship with your child’s parent. Becky Danielson, M.Ed. cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, will assist you in improving communication skills, implementing discipline strategies, and encourage harmony in family life. (Parents of toddlers to teenagers)       

2. Bride & Bridegroom   Misty Honnold
Revelation 19 tells us the “Spirit and the Bride say come”. Jesus is returning for His bride who has made herself ready. Misty Honnold, the Single Mom Ministry, will help define challenging scripture and explain why it is vital for parents to understand the love of the Bridegroom and pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus that is defined as Bride and Bridegroom. She is passionate about seeing a generation come forth that walks in the understanding of true partnership with the King of Glory. (All)

3. Born To Run   Pete Larson
In the busyness of life, do you ever wonder if you are living the life that God has called you to? Between all of the demands on your time with family, friends, church, sports, and activities are you really living fully alive? Using stories, scripture, and humor, Pete Larson of Family Fest Ministries will share some ideas about letting go of the things that get in the way of our walk with God and what we can do to better live out God’s plan for our lives. (Parents of toddlers to teenagers)

4. Hard Places   Lori Wildenberg
Have you trained up your tween, teen, or young person in the way he should go and he has veered off the path? Are you experiencing big sighs and rolling eyes… and maybe more? Come to Hard Places and learn how to put respect back into the family, recognize signs of potential trouble, what to do about it, and discover how to pray powerful prayers for your child. Led by Lori Wildenberg, mom of 4 former teens and cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. (Parents of tweens, teens, and young adults)

 

You can read more about the speakers and the other members of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team. Click HERE for the 1C13P Team Member page.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference! Click HERE to register today as the price increases on October 28.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

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A New Tool for My Parenting Toolbox

A New Tool...Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN have done it again. They have created yet another helpful study for families. The Family Toolbox is a valuable study for parents and teens.

The Family Toolbox is an interactive tool, with a video to watch together and a workbook designed for both the parent and teen to use. The goal is to grow in the 16 success principles covered in the eight lessons, focusing on common points such as handling pressure, dealing with anger, and valuing correction.

The lessons are short, so it’s easy for families to incorporate into daily life. Building a 15-20 minute time lot into the schedule is not burdensome. The concepts can be brought into everyday life for greater impact and learning.

The real-life scenarios depicted in the videos happen in household around the nation. The guidance modifying behaviors, building better relationships, and ultimately changing the child’s heart is done thought thoughtfully guided questions for both the teen and the parent. This is a wonderful resource for parents of teens!

DSCN0037I have learned a lot from The National Center for Biblical Parenting in the past. This new resource is yet another tool to place in my in my parenting toolbox. Thank you Joanne and Scott!

Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller, Lori, and me at the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries Conference in Dallas.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Have you registered for the HeartCORe Parenting Conference? Click HERE for details!

HeartCORE Parenting Conference CPC LIFEREGISTER HERE!

Parenting…with faith hope, and love!
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting

You are Invited! HeartCORe Parenting Conference

Dear Friends,

I would like to personally invite you to the HeartCORe Parenting Conference, a day to equip, encourage, and refresh you as a parent raising children with faith, hope, and love.

HeartCORE Parenting Conference CPC LIFEGet into the HEART of your parenting with this special day for parents of toddlers to young adults. Dig deep into what it means to parent according to the Word of God. Worship as a community, enjoy a keynote focusing on parenting styles, then attend your choice of 12 breakout workshops specifically designed for you by the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team. Six members of the 1C13P Team will be leading the conference. Come meet Lori Wildenberg, my ministry partner and co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, Matt Haviland (A Father’s Walk), Misty Honnold (The Single Mom), Pete Larson (Family Fest Ministries), and Megan Stone (Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.) for a day of fellowship and enrichment.

The $40.00 registration fee per individual includes worship, keynote, the choice of 12 breakout sessions, panel discussion, and a box lunch from Panera. Each participant will receive a copy of Raising Little Kids with Big Love and the Study Guide OR Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love and the Study Guide. (The books retail for $17.99, study guides, $8.99.) There’s a special price for your spouse, just $20.00, which covers the entire conference, lunch, and an additional Study Guide. But register early! Spaces will fill quickly and the price increases after October 28.

Join the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team
as we go HeartCORe into parenting with FAITH, HOPE & LOVE!

Register today for the event!
Saturday, November 1 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina!

Busy as a Bee

Busy as a BeeI love this time of year! There’s a chill in the air, the days are growing shorter, and the roadside stands are loaded with produce, cornstalks, and pumpkins. It’s so beautiful with the leaves changing colors. The next three months are loaded with holidays and family gatherings.

But walk into your local store and it’s already Christmas! What about Autumn? Halloween? Thanksgiving?

My brain typically goes into overdrive and I buy into the frenzy. Do you? The to do list grows and the visions of the perfect Christmas starts spinning in my brain…cards, gifts, decorating. The stress level rises. I don’t take the time to soak in the beauty of the here and now.

I really don’t want to be as busy as a bee! It seems like the more jam-packed the calendar, the greater the number of commitments, and the long lists make self worth rise. Why does it seem business equates with importance? Truly…I am NOT that important to anyone, except perhaps Scott, Ryan, and Eric.

It’s time to put the brakes on, to enjoy the here and now. Looking forward is helpful but the Lord tells us to live today fully and completely. Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow James 4:13-14a.

We don’t know what the future holds. Do we really want to miss out on today because we are so busy thinking about tomorrow? 

This month we’ll focus on slowing down, simplifying, and prioritizing to keep the next few months in perspective. Let’s not miss out on the gift of today or the opportunity to celebrate the gifts God has given us, most importantly His Son. 

Here are a few questions to get you started?

• What do you want to do more of in the next three months?
• What can you do less on in the next three months?
• How does your family calendar reflect your priorities? Here’s a link to a post with ideas to get a handle on the chaotic family calendar.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.

Matthew 6:34

What’s the toughest challenge with your family schedule?