Another Year – Time to Try Again

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsIt is traditional for people to make New Years’ Resolutions at the beginning of the year. I also know that many of us have gotten tired of making them, having tried it many times before and failed to make those changes more often than not. That is something we can all relate to.

However, I would like to point out that if we never try to make changes, we will NewYearsResolutionsnever make them. Let’s face it, if we don’t make any changes in our life, we will always be the way we are now, unless God just miraculously zaps us and causes change. Almost all changes that take place in our life, involve us making a choice, asking God to help us get through it, and then relying on our ability to follow through. In other words, if you want to make changes in your life, you need to put forth some effort and ask God to help you.

Here are a few steps that may help you make a change in your life as we start the New Year.
• Examine your life and identify anything that you need to work on or change.
• Ask God to help you identify anything you need to work on or change.
• Pick a couple of these items and commit to change them.
• Sit down and write a few lines about what the change would look like and what it will take you doing in order to make that change.
o Put this paper somewhere you will see it a couple of times a day.
o Do these things as often as is needed to help you make that change
• Ask God to help you so that you can make those changes.
• Celebrate the times that you do the right thing and don’t let the times you slip get you too down, recognize that setbacks will come, but a setback does not equate failure.

May God bring you help, peace, and joy in the coming year. May His light shine in your life and help others to know Him better because of you!

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Make Out Monday – 12/30/13

I hope that you had a Merry Christmas!  I also hope you had some time to enjoy time with your spouse and that you had some quality time together.

This week’s Make Out Monday is a little different – The first one is about a a man who is missing his wife.   The second is about a man who is telling his wife how she can always come to him and lean on him!  I think both of them are classics and I think both of them are great cuddle songs!

Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine

Bill Withers – Lean on me

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.  May your time with your friends and your family be wonderful and peaceful.  May the joy of Christmas last not only this week, but all the days of your life.

Luke 2:8-14 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
     13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
     14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

That was the greatest proclamation that had ever been uttered, by any angel up to that time. (The one greater was when the Angel proclaimed, “He is not here, He has risen from the dead.)

May all of us rejoice in the proclamation of Jesus’ Birth!

Gifts for Your Guy

If you are looking for a last minute gift for your hubby, I might be able to253254_541817979197395_1338538794_n help.  There are things that many or most of the guys I know would like if they don’t already have them:

I also had some ideas last week, if you missed that one, you can click here to read it!

You know how to do this, think about his interests and find something that he would like that deals with his interests.  For me my main interests outside of work, church, and family are – Running, Woodworking, and Music.  A gift certificate to a store that deals with one of these interest is great.  A magazine subscription to a Mag. on one of these topics is great.  I used to devour my Runner’s World Mag, in one night.  I loved it.

Stocking Stuffers: (trying hard to keep this inexpensive)

  • Real Metal LED Flashlights – my kids are always taking mine and 5586-santa hats.220w.tnsometimes I never see them again.
  • Good Quality Screwdriver set – I have a set made by Stanley that I have had for years, they are wonderful. Craftsman also great and have a lifetime guarantee. (Stanley’s also have a lifetime guarantee, but are harder to get exchanged.)
  • A pound, err – 12 oz of Good Coffee – I like Duncan Donuts & Starbucks.
  • An iTunes or Amazon gift card for music, apps, etc.

What He Most Wants:

  • Your Love – Probably Accompanied by Physical Touch.
  • Patience, Forgiveness. and Understanding from You – We know we goof up sometimes, err maybe a lot, but we want you to get over it quickly.
  • Not Holding Grudges – kind of like the last one, we don’t want to be reminded about how we goofed up 10 years ago.
  • Some Quiet Times – life can be hectic and busy, sometimes we want to have the world stop for a while and relax for a little.
  • Respect – See my Father’s Day post on this topic – Click Here

Some Help From Others:

Good Luck and have a Wonderful & Blessed Christmas!!