5 Ways to Nourish Your Soul This Spring

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”  Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Photo by Cherie Werner

Spring Has Awaken

Spring is my favorite season. I love how this season invites us into the great outdoors where the air feels fresh. It is amazing to see the new life that is all around. It truly is a season of renewed hope.

 “Behold I am making all things new.”  Revelation 21:5

He makes all things new! We are included in this. He redeems, restores, renews, and transforms us.

photo by Cherie Werner

Sping Has Awaken

Join me over at The ART of Domesticity as I share 5 Ways to Nourish Your Soul This Spring.

Life is Too Valuable to Merely Be a Spectator, SHAPE UP and Become a Participant

Recently I shared at a MOPS (Mom’s of Preschoolers) gathering which was a great honor since I have many sweet memories of my MOPS experience. When I was a young mom of two preschoolers, MOPS was a lifeline for me to hear inspiring speakers that somehow seemed to know the area of life I was currently struggling in 😉  A decade later I returned to MOPS with another preschooler this time as a table leader and mentor mom.  I strongly encourage moms of little ones to consider enrolling in a MOPS group as we all need to be inspired, encouraged, and equipped.

I wanted to share a recent photo of my family.  My daughters are now 27, 25, and 15.  We are well beyond the MOPS years, but I hope that when my daughters have little ones they will participate in MOPS.

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I find it funny that I remember being a tad annoyed when a speaker or older grandmotherly type would share, “enjoy these moments as they pass quickly.”  I thought, no way however if 2015 is any indication of how fast the years will continue to come and go, I purpose to participate fully in each moment rather than moaning and groaning about where the time went.

Recently, I felt God encouraging me as I was watching the sunrise from our balcony.  I have a slight obsession with sunrises and sunsets as is indicative on my camera roll.  As the sun was appearing, I recalled Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. Much like our lives, we begin a day, which quickly ends only to begin again.  Don’t let life happen to you. Be intentional!  There is such great value in being intentional; it will help differentiate your days.  sunrise collageI have a confession to make. I enjoy order, possibilities, and predictability.  I get giddy and hopeful as I flip from December to January. I consider what the upcoming year might entail. There are so many things I still desire to do.   I’m unsure why, but I view the new year as a clean slate.  I enjoy writing out my goals and resolutions to guide me as does about 50% of the population. Did you begin the New Year with resolutions?

Here are some interesting New Year Resolution Statistics by Statistic Brain

Top 5 New Years Resolutions for 2015

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy

How many keep their resolutions as time goes on:

  • 75% past the first week
  • 71% make it past two weeks
  • 64% make it past one month
  • 46% make it past six months

Half of the people who make resolutions will give up on their goals by the end of June, HALF.  The “glass half full perspective is that half the people succeed while half will fail.  Which half do you want to be in?


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By being proactive and having resolutions or goals, you are ten times more likely to achieve them than those who don’t any.   So let’s be proactive. Being proactive means taking control over your life, setting goals and working to achieve them. Instead of reacting to events and waiting for opportunities, you go out and create them.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share ways to be more proactive while highlighting the following areas.

  • Spiritually
  • Husbands
  • Accountability
  • Parenting
  • Ect.

So join me as together we get in SHAPE.  Life is too valuable to merely be a spectator, become a participant.  What areas of growth will you focus on?

2016 Courage Needed for Change

Be courageous

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A new year, another list of resolutions and goals.  It seems that at the beginning of every year we view January as the month for a fresh start or a clean slate. So begins the process of evaluating our previous year.  Once the assessment has been completed we decide on a direction for the new year. Thereby we have new years resolutions.

Curious to know how may people actually make and keep their New Years Resolutions? Head on over to statistic brain to find out.

How can you beat these despairing odds?

  • Figure out what motivates you.  Motivation is that driving force which allows you to achieve your goals and go after what you want in life.  When properly motivated change is easier.
  • Share your goals with a friend, accountability partner, and/or those closest to you.
  • Write down your goal and place it somewhere that you will see it at least 1-2 times a day. By writing down my goals they become real and tangible.  I’m able to pull them out monthly, quarterly, or whenever to evaluate how I am doing.
  • Have SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.
    • Specific Goals – Be sure your goals are clear and well defined rather than vague.  These are goals that answer what, why, and how and be stated as “I WILL,” statements.  I will write two days weekly on my blog vs. I want to write more often.  I will lose weight by exercising
    • Measurable Goals –  In my above example I will write on my blog two days weekly allows me a way to measure my success.
    • Achievable Goals – Like most people I know, my life is super busy.  It would not be attainable for me to write more than two days a week.  In the past I would set myself up for failure by setting unrealistic and unachievable goals.  I would feel demoralized and discouraged which would lead me to giving up.
    • Relevant Goals –  Are those goals that are closely connected or appropriate to what you are trying to achieve. Why is the goal important to you? What are the benefits of accomplishing the give goal?
    • Time Bound Goals – Your goals should have a deadline.  In my writing example I would write twice a week so my deadline would be for the year 2016.

Over the past few years I have chosen one word to help guide me through the year. As I scroll my Facebook feed this week I see more and more people choosing one word.  If this is new and unfamiliar to you check out these post.    My One Word

My word for 2015 was JOY and in 2014/2013 it was LOVE.

My word for 2016 is COURAGE/COURAGEOUS – Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering. Deuteronomy 31:6 and Joshua 1:9 I’d also say CHANGE but I need the courage to CHANGE.

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To help me facilitate positive change I am excited to begin using the above beautiful weekly tool  the 52 List project. Being a list person makes this journal attractive to me.

Another tool I am super excited to continue using is The Passion Planner which I found on kickstarter last year and began using in August.  I use my passion planner to keep my goals and activities on track by writing them down and evaluating them monthly.

What are your favorite tools for staying goal oriented and on task?  How do you plan to finish 2016 strong without being a statistic?