Habitually Putting God First

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market plan;Principle 11: To Lead Like Jesus, Meet Challenges by Meeting with Him

Mary Crabtree has issued a challenge to pray for our children by following the guidelines that Tricia Goyer stated in this chapter; i.e. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. I have agreed and accepted that challenge. This is what I do, I accept challenges on a regular basis and wonder why I fail. This month I will meet my challenges by meeting with Him regularly. I will follow the guidelines in Principle 11 which is meet challenges by meeting with God first.

My challenges include, but are not limited to the following: Wife, Mother to two young adults, Teacher to children with special needs; Co-worker to people who are in a low performing school; attaining my PhD in Education (need to finish all by February-July 2014), leveling my finances for the future, writing, finding an online position and losing weight in order to keep my cancer and its side effects in remission.

I don’t meet my challenges by meeting with God on a daily basis. Oh, I have a prayer list that I regular update, but when I look back on my previous journals I see the same requests. Today during my worship time I watched a podcast by Joyce Meyer and in the corner as a tag that said joycemeyer.org/habits. I also watched a podcast by Joel Osteen that said take off your negative labels and my devotion question was “what are you going to do to accomplish this change?”

The answer to my devotional was to ignore it and get ready for tomorrow. I read the next part of launching “Lead Your Family LIke Jesus” and looked at the options. Every notice how stubborn our God can be? The angels were busy tonight, but okay God.

Here is my answer: Beginning on March 31, 2013 Easter Day; I will accept the 14 day dare and 30 day challenge to follow Principle 11 (to lead like Jesus, learn to meet your challenges by meeting with Him regularly). I will go do my evening devotions at 9:30 and go to bed at 10:00. I will wake up at 5:00 and begin my meeting with God. I will complete the 14 day dare, but I will do this throughout the month of April. I invite you to follow along and leave your comments.Image

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Parenting Principles WE ALL should KNOW!!!

 

 

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus . . . taking the very nature of servant” (Philippians 2:5-7)
A good servant is a good steward of the gifts from God.

Synopsis:

Lead Your Family like Jesus is a book that couples should read prior to their marriage.  The book tells how couples should present their vision of the family to their children and reinforce it throughout their lives.  This book provides guidance from three people who present their ideas from a biblical standpoint but from the view of a single teenage mother and two leadership consultants.  This book also includes snapshots from other parents and what they do to that supports the suggestions of the authors.

Reflection

I enjoy reading books and most books I will read the first couple of chapters and then the last chapter of the book.  This gives me an idea of what the book will be about and if I want to read the book.  I did not do this with this book AND I SHOULD HAVE. The reason I should have is because I am the parent of two young adults.  As I read the book I kept beating myself up for not following some of the principles, not being stricter and for being more self-serving than serving my family. All the while wishing I had read this book when I was a young mother, even though both of my children have learning disabilities and health issues.  The last chapter speaks about forgiveness, principle 12 is Moving On. 

Parents who are at the early stage in their marriage or about to have children need to hear about this at the beginning of the book.  Once I read the end of the book, I went back and read the book and forgave myself.  This is a book that everyone should read and it is for everyone, but I would encourage parents of young adults to start with Principle 12 and then go back to the beginning of the book. 

Finding the Information

Finding the Information

The Genealogists Internet  

By Peter Christian

Synopsis

The   nonfiction book helps individuals to look up their family history.  Most of the resources listed in this book are sources that I would use to search.  However, the author did list some other ideas that would help a genealogist.

The internet makes the information available, but it takes a huge amount of individual time and energy to put this information into a personal data service, partnership with a commercial firm for a combined data service, licensing of the data to their parties. This book provides many shortcuts for the hobbyists or professional in order to track down their family history.

Reflection

This is a little off topic but l learned that URL means Uniform Resource Locator.  That is exactly what this book does it provides the reader with a way and the means to locate information. The internet provides a great way to preserve the documents, photos, and other evidence of the past. These documents and papers are very fragile, so fragile that the papers must be handled with care.  In order to handle them a person needs to wear gloves.  This information is scanned into the internet for us.  This book provides us a way to find this information.

 

 

Connecting threads through Time

Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel

Written by Jonathan Kellerman

Published by Ballantine

Pub Date: Feb 12 2013   

 Synopsis

 Alex and Milo join together to solve the murder of a baby who has been dead for over 20 years and two women who are recently deceased. Robin is constructing a guitar for one of her clients and provides some insight.  Alex uses his connections to help Milo solve the murders through the usual twists and turns that Mr. Kellerman provides in all of his books. .

Reflection

As much as I like Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware, I cannot say that I enjoyed Guilt in fact I found it a very hard read.  The first three chapters seem to dwell on previous books, which if you have never read any of Mr. Kellerman’s books. Once the story started, in my opinion in the fourth chapter, I got excited and really stayed with the story, however about three quarters through book, I lost interest.  At that point, I worked really hard to develop an interest in the book again.  The best part of the book is that, Robin and Milo are still important part of the Alex’s life and Alex has an active life.

This book is good for new fans or people who are just meeting Dr. Delaware, but not for long term fans. Of course it could be that this book just needs a bit more editing in order to take out of some unnecessary parts of the book. I honestly don’t know if I would recommend this book.

Connecting threads through Time

Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel

Written by Jonathan Kellerman

Published by Ballantine

Pub Date: Feb 12 2013   

 Synopsis

 Alex and Milo join together to solve the murder of a baby who has been dead for over 20 years and two women who are recently deceased. Robin is constructing a guitar for one of her clients and provides some insight.  Alex uses his connections to help Milo solve the murders through the usual twists and turns that Mr. Kellerman provides in all of his books. .

Reflection

As much as I like Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware, I cannot say that I enjoyed Guilt in fact I found it a very hard read.  The first three chapters seem to dwell on previous books, which if you have never read any of Mr. Kellerman’s books. Once the story started, in my opinion in the fourth chapter, I got excited and really stayed with the story, however about three quarters through book, I lost interest.  At that point, I worked really hard to develop an interest in the book again.  The best part of the book is that, Robin and Milo are still important part of the Alex’s life and Alex has an active life.

This book is good for new fans or people who are just meeting Dr. Delaware, but not for long term fans. Of course it could be that this book just needs a bit more editing in order to take out of some unnecessary parts of the book. I honestly don’t know if I would recommend this book.

Friends and Family

 

Backfire: An FBI Thriller

Written by Catherine Coulter

 Published by Penguin Books Australia

Pub Date: Jan 2 2013   

 Synopsis

Judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey Rourke, and then he goes missing and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.   Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to answer the questions: Why would anyone shoot the judge? When they discover one answer, more questions arise until Savich and Sherlock face the final shock.

Reflection

The synopsis pretty much tells the entire story of the book. I like Ms. Coulter’s books and I have read several of them.  However, this book just seemed to be mostly about the personal lives of Hunt, Sherlock and Dillon. Not that I did not enjoy hearing about their children, because it seemed as if they were getting their personal lives together.  It was very nice.  There is a lot of action, the US Marshalls make a great appearance and Ms. Coulter provides an insight into what they do and how they do their job. 

Friends and Family

 

Backfire: An FBI Thriller

Written by Catherine Coulter

 Published by Penguin Books Australia

Pub Date: Jan 2 2013   

 Synopsis

Judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey Rourke, and then he goes missing and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.   Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to answer the questions: Why would anyone shoot the judge? When they discover one answer, more questions arise until Savich and Sherlock face the final shock.

Reflection

The synopsis pretty much tells the entire story of the book. I like Ms. Coulter’s books and I have read several of them.  However, this book just seemed to be mostly about the personal lives of Hunt, Sherlock and Dillon. Not that I did not enjoy hearing about their children, because it seemed as if they were getting their personal lives together.  It was very nice.  There is a lot of action, the US Marshalls make a great appearance and Ms. Coulter provides an insight into what they do and how they do their job.