October 23, 2014

Grace Days

Grace Days. I'm taking one of those. It's 10:42pm and I just finished laundry. It's been a busy day - and I don't mean in the monotonous way; we've had fun, but its still been busy. And so, here I am calling in my Grace Day.

I don't have anything planned for today's 31 day writing challenge. Well, I do, but I would rather wait until tomorrow when my eyes are fully open and my mind is working a little better before I start writing for the internets.

Are you in need of a Grace Day? Didn't quite mark off that last item (or 10) on the task list? A bit worn as your nearing the weeks end? Grace Day. It's a real thing.


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October 22, 2014

Be Present

Before I even talk about being present, I should preface with the truth: I'm terrible at this!

I think the key to being present is having a good schedule and setting priorities. Make a list of things that require (or you'd like to give) your attention and order them in importance.

Time with God
Family
Work
Housework
Exercise
etc.

Jenny Collier shared a great schedule that works for her family over at the Day Designer blog that really inspired me to get back on track. I find that when I don't make a general plan, my day get jumbled and time gets away from me and I end up trying to catch up on the days tasks late at night instead of spending that time with family.

For todays Weekly Challenge, sit down, grab pen and paper and make a list. Who/What requires your attention? Is that daily? Weekly? What are some things you'd like to make time for? Write up a mock schedule, and then make some moderations until it looks doable. Maybe you need to get up earlier or set strict hours at work.

The most important work we will ever do is being there for the people around us. Look the kids in the eyes while they're talking. Cuddle with your spouse. Make time for lunch with your girlfriend. Decide to make that time only about the person in front of you and not about the mile-long-list of things left to do. The list will still be there tomorrow. I promise.


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October 21, 2014

Make the most of your online life.

Below you will find an excerpt from a post I wrote this summer about using your online influence for the sake of the gospel. To read the complete post (it's a long one!) click here.

According to The Cultureist, more than 2,405,518,376 people use the internet with 8 new people starting to use the internet EVERY SECOND.

In Matthew 28:19-20, we see that Jesus instructs his disciples to go into the world and make disciples. Would you look again at that number above? The field is FULL!  Like my friend Cassidy once said, the internet is like it's own continent. And it's true! 

THE GREAT COMMISSION INCLUDES THE INTERNET!

"At the rate of it's current growth, the web will inevitably become an integral part of everyday life in which you can either utilize to your advantage or deprive yourself of immense opportunity." 

I'm fairly certain the author of this quote didn't do so with a gospel intention, but I can't help but see the gospel call all over that sentence. The internet is a place where you can either utilize your influence in way that makes much of Jesus, or you can deprive yourself of an incredible opportunity to do so. 

So, how can we make much of Jesus online?

for ideas on how to live our lives on a mission, online, please visit my original post by CLICKING HERE.


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October 20, 2014

Life on a Mission: IT'S FUN!

If you're anything like me, you might be tempted to think of living Life on a Mission as all work and no play. Maybe you wouldn't come out and say that, but maybe you feel it, deep down - a striving to make sure and do enough, to log the hours.

Sacrifice. Servitude. Selflessness.

It's all a part of life on a mission. But so is having FUN. Living our lives on a mission to make His name known and to chase after Him is fun! God wants good things for His children. He wants you to enjoy this life!

Having the boys in our home is amazing. But it's also very regimented (school, homework, dinner, sometimes more homework, play, bed, repeat) so we actively try to fit in something fun once a week, whether it be an evening in the park or a day at the fair or renting a movie.

They call it margin. White space. In your journey to live your life on a mission, leave room for laughter and joy because living for Him is the most joyful thing you could be doing!















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