12 for 2012

Here are my 12 goals for 2012.

1. Read one book a month (at least)

2. Lose 40 pounds in a healthy way

3. Read through the bible cover to cover

4. Write one note/card/letter every week

5. Learn how to make one new food/dish every month

6. Be more diligent in my jobs and relationships

7.  Journal daily

8. Collect and save all of my change

9. Go somewhere I’ve never been before

10. Be diligent in budgeting

11. Spend one day a month as a break for myself doing whatever I want and relaxing

12. Blog at least once a week

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My Education

Well it has been a year since I graduated college at Western Kentucky University.  I can hardly believe it!  In some ways it seems like yesterday and in others it seems like years ago.  I loved my time at WKU and feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity of a college education.  Not only do I feel blessed to have a college education, but any education at all.  I think about the world and how many girls and many people in general have not had the same opportunities that I have had and I thank God for what he has allowed me to have.

Although my education to this point in life ended with WKU (not counting my one semester of seminary), it did not start there and that probably won’t be the end of it.  My education started way back when I was little with my parents, but also with the myriad of schools that I attended, starting with Noah’s Ark, then on to WCES, BES, St. Gregory, FES, and then WCHS.  To think that the first 5 in that list were all by the time I was in second grade.  Even though I was only at some of them a short time, I owe a lot to the teachers and staff at each and every one of these schools for who I am today.

I have always valued my education and my dream and wish on every birthday candle for about 12 years was to be able to graduate college and a year ago I made that happen.  Such a sweet experience!  I am so grateful for the opportunity and the fulfillment of that dream.

One question I have asked myself is given the chance, what is one thing I wish I could go back and change about my education?  This is a hard one, because all in all I’ve had a great education, but I think if I was going to change something, it would be to have gone to a more challenging high school where I would have been even more challenged and also I would have applied myself more in college.  Even though those are things that I would change, I really at this moment don’t even think I would do that.  My education was great and exactly what the Lord had planned for me and changing something would be like changing His plan.

So to all the teachers, principals, librarians, cafeteria workers, aids, secretaries, superintendents, and other school employees at Noah’s Ark, Washington Co. Elementary, Bardstown Elementary, St. Gregory, Fredericktown, Washington Co. High and Western Kentucky, thank you so much for all that you do in allowing me and others to gain an education and a window to the rest of the world.

Amazing Morning

There are so many things at this very moment I could write about and hopefully I will have some extra time to write later, but until then, here is a short post on my awesome morning so far!

I woke up this morning with my sweet puppy jumping all over me.   I took her outside and then I took a shower.  After getting ready I fixed a yummy breakfast of a banana and blackberries with cool whip mixed in, which I took with me to my room to work on while doing my bible study quite time.  I turned on Pandora, sat on my bed, and jumped into my time with the Lord while Baylie curled up next to me.

First I opened up the book I am going through with my mentor that is all about the names of God.  It is called “Lord, I Want to Know You” and was written by Kay Arthur.  It is AMAZING.  This morning I did the first day in a middle of the book recap that is about teaching inductive bible study.  I read through Exodus 17 and was deeply reminded of how the Lord provides for us in many ways and in His timing.  Jehovah-jireh provides for us!  How awesome is that!!

After finishing this book, I opened up a new study that I started today by Beth Moore.  It is “James, Mercy Triumphs.”  In the first lesson, it was all about learning about James’ family aka Jesus’ family.  She brought out verses that I tend to ignore from the gospels about the people in Jesus & James’ family and what they did.  She examined what life probably looked like back then.  I can’t imagine living the way they did, but it was very humbling and such a blessing to me.

While I was studying, the song, “Your Love is Strong,” by Jon Foreman played on Pandora and I had to take a moment to just reflect on what he was singing.  It is such a powerful song and I don’t think I had ever heard it before, but the Lord really used it to speak to me in what is a difficult time in my life.  Here are they lyrics and a link to the song on YouTube.

Heavenly Father 
You always amaze me
Let your kingdom come 
In my world and in my life
You give me the food I need 
To live through the day
And forgive me as I forgive 
The people that wronged me
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one

I look out the window 
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune 
Or out of place
I look at the meadow 
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl 
On her wedding day

So why do I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need

Chorus (3x):
Your love is
Your love is
Your love is strong

The kingdom of the heavens 
Is now advancing
Invade my heart 
Invade this broken town
The kingdom of the heavens 
Is buried treasure
Will you sell yourself 
To buy the one you’ve found?

Two things you told me
That you are strong
And you love me
Yes, you love me

(Chorus 3x)

Our God in heaven
Hallowed be
Thy name above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us wicked sinners
Lead us far away from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons

All in all this morning was just a great morning spent with the Lord and one that was much needed in my life at this moment.  Things are difficult in several areas of my life right now and I very much needed this time to focus on Him!