Monthly Archives: January 2014

Give-away Winner Announced!

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Give-away Winner Announced!

Big congratulations to Melanie, the winner of my first ever give away.  Here’s what she had to say about how she is living intentionally this year:

I love what you are doing. What a special way to share a Christian approach to participating in New Years resolutions. Mine isn’t the normal self challenge. Instead, my changes in 2014 involve my prayer request. I have been praying for a stronger connection in church. You see, my youngest child had separation disorder and would never participate in the children’s church. This meant that I had to try to listen to the pastor and deal with a bored toddler. I know this is not new to mothers but it just really challenged me. Plus my husband doesn’t care to go to church very often so I really have felt a lack of support. This last Christmas changed my church attendance for sure! I was at home and talking to my children about the story of Jesus and why we celebrate the holiday. I was deeply ashamed when my youngest son said that he did not know who Jesus was. How could this happen? How could I have let this happen? Right then I prayed and asked God to bring us home! The Sunday right before Christmas, I took my little 4 year old Judah to church and for the first time he loved it! I felt so blessed and loved by The Lord. Thank you Jesus for loving us all so much and for making my New Years resolution for me. My children and I have returned to church.

Melanie, check your inbox and let me know where to send your fantabulous key chain.

For the rest of you, I think you’re awesome! Thank you for joining the conversation. I have loved reading your commitments for this year. They are inspiring me to keep dreaming about who I want to be and how to get there. Love that. Hope you found some inspiration too.

And, it’s possible that I’m hooked on this give away thing–it was so fun reading your comments and anticipating who would get this lovely giftie. This will have to become a more common occurrence! Stay tuned.

P.S. Don’t forget to visit Danice’s Etsy store here…she has a million cute things!

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is…

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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is…

So. If you have read this at all, you’ve heard me say that the phrase I want to characterize my life is living generously. By this I don’t mean giving donations, though I am a firm believer in charitable, even sacrificial giving. Nor do I mean giving time, though one again, I believe service is key–for the success of organizations as well as the individuals who serve. What I mean is that I want to consistently choose a generosity of spirit. Especially when “push comes to shove,” I want to be counted on to offer grace to my fellow passengers on this journey called life.

I had two chances to put this into practice yesterday. Both instances were phone calls with customers. And both customers were people we’ve worked with in the past. They are friendly and pleasant…usually. But yesterday was not their day. I can’t tell you how freeing that is to say: to determine that their somewhere-less-than-friendly-and-pleasant attitudes were because of simple things like bad timing or pain meds or embarrassment or they just finished a meeting that didn’t go their way.

You see I’m a bit of a grudge holder. Well, maybe not a grudge holder so much as a remember-er of negative emotions. During my first VBS at New Hope, about a month after I started, I had a difference of opinion with one of my leaders. I felt horrible–I had disappointed her, failed to __________, neglected to _____________. And the end of the chapter is me in a room crying, because I HATE that. But the end of the story is that then it translates into me replaying the situation every.time.I.see.her. When she’s dropping off her kids for class, on her way to Bible study, at someone’s house, out in the community, every time our paths cross I am replaying the conversation and wondering if she is remembering how I wasn’t enough. It was years before I got past that. Ridiculous.

So you can see how I am so in love with this new (to me) strategy. By making the choice to understand their behavior as a) unusual for them, b) unrelated to my behavior, c) a passing thing, I free myself up to be kind and gracious, friendly and compassionate to them. And who doesn’t want to do that for a living?

I suspect that some if not most of you have already figured this out. But if you are a people-pleaser personality like me then this is HUGE. Fur realz. A break through. So well done, all of you, confident, generous people. And people-pleasers? C’mon in, the water’s fine!

P.S. There’s still time to enter to win a “live generously” key chain! Check it out!