Goal Setting

Share Four Somethings: January

I have a confession. January is almost over, and I’m still struggling to start new. I generally hit January 1 with big goals mapped out in a new planner. I end the month with boxes checked, well on my way toward the best year ever. Even after declaring it’s ok to start late, I haven’t really gotten started. My fitness goal includes exercises three times a week. Instead, my [Read more...]

How to Rest Better This Year

My son never fails to enjoy the walk from the car to our front door. He starts with the little anthill in the crack of the driveway, watching the worker ants carry fine grains of dirt to their home. He runs after our cat with his arm outstretched and curious, seeking the softness of her fur. As he climbs the steps of our walkway, he finds interesting leaves, spiky sweet gum balls, and an acorn [Read more...]

It’s Not Too Late for a New Beginning

The start of a new year begs for a new beginning. By now you may be in week two of your new workout routine or half-way through Genesis in your One Year Bible. Your closets are clean, and you get eight solid hours of sleep each night. I love it! Three cheers for fresh starts and makeovers! Or you may be like me—January 1 came and went without a single goal written in the brand new planer. [Read more...]

Being Brave Together

My three-year-old son, Barrett, squealed with delight as the waves of the Gulf Coast waters washed over his feet. A full year passed since his last jaunt in the ocean. Even though he grew bigger between visits, the swell of the water a few yards in still intimidated him. He wanted to go deeper, but the fear of what his eyes saw kept him on the shore. My husband scooped him up and headed toward [Read more...]

6 Ways to Press Pause When You’re Too Busy

The thump-thump of my heart echoed in my ear, the tightness in my chest only increasing its volume. My peripheral vision blurred a bit as I desperately searched for all the things I thought we might need. I almost didn’t recognize my own shrill and panicked voice as I demanded, “Hurry! Get in the car!” With all the drama, one might think we were rushing out of a burning [Read more...]

God Doesn’t Waste Time

“I wish I were already a grown-up,” my ten-year-old daughter said. “Then I could actually be all the things I want to be.” She looked out the window of the car, her blue eyes longing to see every dream come true. A chef, a mother, a teacher, Commander in Chief. Her vision for the future changes with each turn of the calendar page. She looks ahead at what could be, what will be. As she [Read more...]

The Power of Small Change

“Could you spare some change?” I often hear this request from the residents of a nursing home where I serve. This usually occurs when I walk by the vending machine near my therapy gym. The residents roll up in their wheelchairs and ask for a dollar or seventy-five cents—enough for a sweet bun or a bag of chips. I don’t carry cash with me, so I offer an apology and keep walking. One day, [Read more...]

Stuck between Your Calling and Your Life: What Now?

My first decision of the morning starts around 10 pm the night before. As I sit on the edge of my bed, alarm clock in hand, I decide between sleep and an hour of quiet reading and reflection. I can’t do both; there is only enough time for one thing. When my alarm sounds the next morning, I face the decision again—snooze or rise and enter into that predetermined quiet space. These [Read more...]

Is Real Life Getting in the Way of Your Big Dreams?

Do you dream big dreams about making a difference in the world? Maybe you see yourself behind a podium delivering a message that makes a crowd laugh, cry, and run to Jesus. Your dream may involve bandaging wounds or ladling soup for the sick and hungry in a developing country. You may quietly hope your pastor will choose you to head up an exciting new program at your church. My own dream [Read more...]

5 Effective Organization Resources to Make Life Easier

January is a time for new beginnings. New calendars inspire fresh starts. Many of us made a list of goals or resolutions for the new year. Right about now, you may wonder to yourself, where did I put that list? Goals for health, home, and habits are buried under a pile of past routines. The work required to achieve change often results in discouragement, even abandonment. While 41% of Americans [Read more...]