I just bought this for the dining room. I love it!
No matter what you are trying to do, life is a series of screw ups. It’s full of triumphs too. But when you mess up, get up, brush yourself off, learn from your mistakes and move on.
If you mess up, it’s not end of world. God doesn’t expect perfect. He expects you to keep trying.
Stress and uncertainty give us an opportunity to become something more than we expect, if we are open to it. Hope can keep us sane and happy. I aim to be guilty of an irrational sense of hopefulness!
I am pretty lukewarm on New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe I’m cynical. They don’t lead anywhere. On the other hand, it is good to have a plan. Here are my loose ideas:
1. Clean the house more regularly: I am a tidier, which is good, but I need to actually clean from time to time. I like things clean, I just don’t always do it. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, remember?
2. Don’t waste so much time on the computer: that includes blogging, Pinterest, and Facebook. I spent way too much time doing these things in 2012 and it didn’t exactly make me a better person. It’s okay to do mindless stuff, just not hours upon hours of it.
3. Always leave them wanting more: more food, more talking, more ideas, more Facebook posts. I have a tendency to over do it. I talk so much no one is ever left wanting more. Something to ponder.
4. Eat better: I know I love to eat, and I know I cook pretty well. Enough. Eat less. Eat healthier. Simple.
5. Worry less, pray more: I say this every year. Time to do it. I say most of these things every year but I do believe I’m getting somewhere and that leads me to my last resolution:
6. Be hopeful!
Happy New Year!
I love this chapter. We are all important to God. Every single one of us.
Luke Chapter 15
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I made some icing for cinnamon rolls this morning. One thing I love about icing or frosting, besides its obvious deliciousness, is that it is forgiving. If it’s too thick, you add a little more milk, syrup, extract, or melted butter. If it’s too thin add some powdered sugar. It’s no big deal and it all works out. You can’t go wrong with fat and sugar.
Frosting is forgiving, and you should be to. When you forgive someone, you are freeing yourself. You lighten your load by releasing anger and resentment. Those things will only bring you down and keep you miserable and stuck.
Forgiveness is something we give to others, but it is a balm to soothe ourselves.