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Whew~Whoa~Wow…Finally

Whew-smack dab in the middle of 2014 I was like Whoa, Wow…you are more than your past…more than what the mirror says…more than the things you did or were done to you…finally…I am free to be me! And, hey…I like me! I like my loud laugh, that I cry easily and all my freckles. (spots as the lil people in my life call them). These are a part of who I am! 

Finally…my yesterday is not defining my today!

But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

Finally…I am happy with who I am and who I see in the mirror
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it! Psalm 139:14

Finally…I am not ashamed of my past, but walking into my future
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Finally…I can mark my past with a period and start my today with an exclamation point!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 
Philippians 3:13

It took me about 54 years to accept these things about myself and I don’t ever want to fall back into that rut. So, going forward I will stand on His promises and these reminders*:

1. Never think or speak negatively about yourself.

2. Meditate on and speak positive things about yourself.


3. Never compare yourself with anyone else.


4. Focus on your potential not your limitations.


5. Find something you like to do and that you do well – then do it over and over.


6. Have the courage to be different. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser.


7. Learn to cope with criticism.


8. Determine your own worth – don’t let other people do it for you.


9. Keep your flaws in perspective.



This is a list I will keep close by to keep me always moving forward! After all, the best is yet to be! 

Blessings!
Winnie

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone 
through to achieve that beauty.” 
~Maya Angelou
Posted in devotions, encouragement

Farewell 2014….

It’s our final day of 2014….my mind is having a hard time with this.  The time seems to be flying even faster now that we are in 21st century. Or maybe it’s because I have crossed the 50 yard line, either way, it’s flying by. 

‘They’ say time flies when you are having fun….maybe I have been having more fun these last 14 years!  Whatever the reason, 2014 is ending and I look forward to what 2015 has for me. 

I have already set some goals…no resolutions, only goals.  One of those goals is to read through the bible…I have never done this….God bless you if you have! There are books that always stall me, like Numbers. This book is impossible for me to get through.  I know there is well meaning and necessary information in that book, but I typically call it quits when I get there. There are times when I have skipped past it…and somewhere else along the way, I quit. But this year, I am determined. 

After making this decision I started looking for ways to actually get it done.  I found many suggestions for bible reading plans, but the Chronological Bible peaked my interest. It is set up in 15 minute daily readings that take you through the bible in the order the events actually happened. No more being stuck in the book of Numbers reading mindlessly. I purchased one in the NLT, because I like the way this version reads. I am excited to get started tomorrow and believe this is an attainable goal. 

I have a few other goals, but this is the one I want to be held accountable for.  Actually I think if you set too many goals you are more likely to fail, so I have limited my goals to under 5. The others are join a community group, start a small business, get in better physical shape and spend quality time with my family. 

Do you set goals?  I would love to hear what they are.

Wishing you a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Winnie


Posted in Christmas, family, marriage, memories, traditions

Christmas Family Fun

One of my favorite family Christmas activities over the years has been driving around to see light displays.  When the kids were little we set Christmas Eve aside for that. Sometimes we would stop for hot chocolate or ice cream, then we would head home to open one gift. Of course every year it was the ‘gift’, you know the one…the new pajamas! 

The last few years Keith and I have looked at lights alone…the kids are grown and celebrating with their families now.  We always enjoy it, but I decided this year we need to make some new traditions for the 2 of us.

I googled OKC 2014 Christmas family fun to see if I could find something new for this year. I was surprised at how much I found.  Looks like we have a lot to choose from. 

Here is a list of places to go and things to do…we are going to do as much as we can…make some great 2014 memories.

Check these out and let me know if you have something I missed.

Downtown OKC has a lot to offer…lights, tubing, ice skating, etc.  I am looking forward to going downtown.



Chickasha’s lights are always a hit with us…has a bit of romance about it.

Of course, we typically drive by Chesapeake’s lights as well…

I also found a list of families who have great light displays.  I don’t think we have ever visited any of these neighborhoods.  I wonder if I could ever get Keith to do something this big…to draw a crowd…yeah, probably not! 

Here is a list of family activities for the kids…some are free….I like free!  

After checking out the previous link I decided to type in FREE family activities and this is what I found…some are repeats from above, but there are some that haven’t been mentioned. 

I hope you find something to do this season that is new and different. 

Make some new traditions and create lasting memories this year.

Merry Christmas!
Blessings! 

Winnie