Starting off 2018…

Time to start another year…and no better way to do it than starting a renewed commitment to blogging only 3 weeks into the new year!  That being said, one of my many resolutions for this year is to be better about blogging and writing down thoughts.  Whether it’s just to get them out of my head or to share actual depth of thought.

This year I have also renewed my commitment to fitness.  My family kicked off the new year by getting a Y membership and I have been faithful so far to go work out.  I know it’s a marathon, but I am determined to reach 2019 thinner than I did 2018.

I also want to do a better job of reading this year.  Reading for my personal enjoyment, continuing to learn, and also to grow in my walk with Christ.  This honestly may be the toughest resolution I have.  Finding time to get reading done is tough and so I want to really make sure that I am setting aside time to do it.

Alright, I have put out some resolutions on here….now it’s time to stick to them!

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pray for our Bible study students…

BiblestudyboyYesterday, we held our final after school Bible study of the 2012/2013 school year at LCHS.   I gave a preview to the students of the study I hope to do with them in the fall and more than anything encouraged them to stay strong for Christ this summer through staying devoted to studying God’s word on their own.   This year God has blessed the Bible study with about 6 to 8 students who have faithfully attended and really been great at interacting during our weekly study.  Even though our numbers have not been high, their dedication and faithfulness has been a huge encouragement.  Please join me in praying that our students will dive deep into God’s word on their own this summer.  Pray that they will seek to bring honor to God in all they do, even if we aren’t able to be their to encourage them.  And finally pray that they will come back ready and faithful to study God’s Word with us in the fall!  Thank you so much for praying for our students!

missing my reading…

Spiritual-LeadershipFor the past few weeks I have been participating in a book study at work over the book Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders.   I have enjoyed being able to read and then have some really good discussion with several of my coworkers here at KMM.

As I began reading the book a couple of weeks back it dawned on me how I don’t read that much anymore.  As a single person and even somewhat after I married Erin I was a pretty voracious reader.  I tried to keep both a fiction and non-fiction book going at all times.  Since my children have arrived, I have found excuse upon excuse to cut back on my reading. Some excuses are legitimate and others well, just not feeling like it or being worn out are not legit.

In one of the early chapters of Sanders’ book he talks about how a leader is a reader.  To lead and develop education and stay informed a leader must read.  Even if it’s reading those who we don’t agree with, so that we can understand opposing opinion.  Sander’s encourages leaders to even start small by just marking out at least a half an hour a day to read more.

Since reading that I have tried to rededicate myself to reading more.   I try to get at least the suggested half hour in or at the very least a chapter a day.   Getting back into my reading had helped me feel more growth in my life and also it does give me a sense of accomplishment and I move along in a book and even finish them.  I guess this is sort of a late resolution for this year, but it is one I am truly enjoying…