Bucketed! 2017

lois-lowry-blog-post-12017
Blogged one of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry (January 2017)

Reflecting on how short life can be I have decided to take my first stab at living out a “bucket list”.  While I have 27 goals I want to complete before I die –I believe I have completed 4 to date — many of them are long-term and require the assistance of others.

The list/achievements I share here,  however is more short-term and are items I am more likely to get done by myself.  Note: I am usually straight-laced so most of what will get posted here will not be eye-popping. But I can get a bit adventurous — should I really go to the zoo and see if they will wrap a snake around my neck! There are a few  items that will require more money than I had  planned on spending this year for entertainment, experimenting, or living large. But-t-t-t- this becomes a great opportunity for me to see God manifest for me ” … He has given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (II Peter 1:3).

I will attempt to post something for every month. My life can get crazy busy so the happenings may get clumped together at times.

Share the ride with me!!!!!

 

Resolutions for Life! — Round 2

Hello all:

I told you that I have been meditating on Johnathan Edwards’ 70 Resolutions. Note how he dated some of them. To think God would let me find these some 290 years after they were written. How gracious God can be! 🙂  I have added the italics for emphasis.

Well here are my top five to incorporate into my life, presumably this year:
#25* — Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
#26 — Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.


#53 — Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.]]
#
55 — Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. [[July 8, 1723.]]

#63 — On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan. 14 and July 13, 1723.


* Resolutions text taken from http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmplY3QucGw/Yy4xNTo3NDoxLndqZW8=

Share your thoughts!

Resolutions for Life!

Most people make New Year’s resolutions. You have hope that the 365 days that stand in front of you will make your life more peaceful, more productive, more successful, more something, right?

While completing some research I came across the 70 Resolutions of Johnathan Edwards, a preacher of the 18th century. He wrote within these resolutions about being “resolved” to serve God, to be benign to mankind, and to maintain an orderly righteous life.

Talk about commitment!
I have read and re-read his resolutions these past 4 days. I am inspired and humbled. There are five of his resolutions that I want to adopt immediately! And while there are 3-4 others that are already a part of my life that leaves another 60 or so to consider. Reading his resolutions makes me say, “Oh Master that I could live such a list as this!”

You’ll definitely feel like you are striving for perfection after reading his list.
Go to: http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5
lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmpl
Y3QucGw/Yy4xNTo3NDoxLndqZW8=

Here’s to us being “resolved” to living always in the Master’s will!

Debra

 

 

 

Dear 2016

Yes!! 2016 had a few challenges but doesn’t’ every year?

themaddiecoleblog

Dear 2016,

Everyone is giving you such a hard time. Many people don’t like you and can’t wait for you to leave. They’re blaming you for so much. Fear not, a lot of these people did the same thing to 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and so on. Some people will never be satisfied. It seems at the end of every year people take to social media and render their “End of The Year PSA” that goes something like this, “This was the worst year ever. I suffered so much. I can’t wait til next year. Imma be a new me.” They go on to bash and indirectly, yet boldly announce how they are entering “cutting season” and will cut off, delete/block those who are not for them. The frustrating part? This is their speech at the end of every year. Dude, how many bad people are you hanging around? How…

View original post 574 more words