As you know if you dropped by yesterday, I went on a bit about the awesome message I had to share with you. I understand it's like a whole other Sermon and all, but I would not share it here, if I did not think it would bless you, right THERE...wherever YOU are.
I also had a few more randoms to share so I will carry on, and let's pretend it's one of our Monday random chats like the old days...OK? If you are new around here, it's a bit like, listening to me ramble on after too much coffee. So here we go!
Well, as much as I am not one to get resolution crazy during the new year, I am all about second chances, fresh starts, and new beginnings. Sounds a lot like grace to me, actually...and who couldn't use a bit more grace?
Have you chosen a verse or word for 2014? If you have not, there is no judgement here, because I was not going to jump in, either, but when the word Renewal, popped up out of a scripture God laid on my heart, and then was confirmed by an owl-I succumbed. Check out My One Word and One Word 365 for more information on choosing a word, if you haven't already.
One Word Button from Melanie
So, as some of you may remember, on the first day of January, for the past couple of years, I have been foolish enough to venture into freezing cold water...for no good reason, I can think of, with a wonderful (and obviously, insane friend) and anyone else who is silly enough to join us. Here is how it looked going in and then out. This year my hubby joined in for the first time. He was brave and crazier than I imagined. Then again, he did marry me. Ahem.
This is us running in...
This is me having that "what was I thinking", moment...
We came running out faster than we ran in, let me tell you!
There's a reason the sharks swim south for the Winter, friends. Brrr!
There's no magic formula, but to be people of The Word, we must be reading the Word.
This year I want to read through Eugene Peterson's, The Message.
I loved reading the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs and wanted to read through the Old Testament as well. Last year I focused on the New King James version for most of my reading.
Here is the lovely RockYouWear, I received from Brandon as a thanks for sharing about his work. Isn't it perfect?
I wanted to tell you about an online community which I have been enjoying. Christian Creative Writers hosts free contests, as well as provides resources and support for writers of all genres. I am currently in a 6 week workshop/class which started this past weekend. Check it out when you have a moment!
Root is a a 30 Day project going on in January with Lisa Sonora Beam.
It reminds me of my July ICAD adventure with Daisy Yellow.
Journaling is therapeutic.
Back in November, I mentioned possibly starting Beth Moore's Whispers of Hope-10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer, while having a fireside chat with you...do you recall? Well, I am inviting you to join me for 70 Days of prayer with this beautifully laid out book. We will begin the book and exercises the first weekend of February (February 1) and finish the week before Good Friday (April 11). I will post each Sunday so we can meet together and share in the comments (if we feel led- no pressure), what God is doing along the journey. Would you like to join me? The book is available through all major booksellers. If you decide to buy it on kindle or non-hard copy, you will need a journal to utilize the spaces left for prayers. Take a peek at it and let me know if you want to join me February 1- April 11.
Happy First Week of 2014.