Posted: 5:18 pm Friday, January 6th, 2017
The gift wrap’s been picked up and put into the recycler, the last ham sandwich has been eaten, and the excitement over the gifts has diminished to a slightly under manic manageable level. Must mean Christmas is over and the new year nearly upon us…
Many folks I know are happy that 2016 is slipping away and a new year is here! With the changing of the calendar comes new chapters, challenges, and fresh starts.
For people like me, that’s an exciting proposition. I love new challenges! I love new faces! I love doing new things and going new places and discovering new opportunities.
For others, change is a scary thing that brings great trepidation and paralyzing anxiety. (And there is a big, big, grey area in between.)
I have to admit, I don’t get the anxiety thing. Just like I don’t have the gifts or insights to understand how the insides of a computer work, or how folks can sit down and have music form in their heads and flow out their fingertips. Anxiety is simply something I’ve never known; it’s not how I’m wired.
Yet I know the fear that comes with change or challenges is real because I see some of my children struggle with this every single day. Change is terrifying for people wired like my Zack; something as simple as moving a desk can cause a melt down. He likes, no, he needs, consistency in his life, and there are millions more like him.
This year he changed not only schools, but his address, in that he decided to finish high school living with his father. I know that was a difficult and painful decision for him on so many levels, but I truly believed it would be what is best for him and I encouraged the change despite my own sadness over my baby growing up and moving to another community – even though it’s not that far away.
If you fear change and feel like you are on quicksand when things around you shift, try to breath deep and move forward one step at a time. Stop clinging to the edge of the pool, and get in. Don’t jump into the deep end (like I’m prone to do,) but do tip-toe out so you can splash around and move to deeper water from there.
Don’t let fear and anxiety control you or stop you from living a life of fulfillment.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
a quote widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, is some really superb advice!
December Book Club | Uninvited
Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
by Lysa TerKeurst
A MUST read: Get it HERE!
Have you had a chance to pick up your copy of my December book club choice?
Uninvited, Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa TerKeurst, is my book club pick for December.
Whether it’s being snubbed at a club, given the cold shoulder by a co-worker, abandoned by a parent, left by a spouse… we’ve all felt the pain of rejection.
Using her own deeply personal experiences, TerKeurst helps us to understand the roots of rejection as well as it’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.
“It is impossible to hold up the banners of
VICTIM and VICTORY
at the same time”
from the chapter When Our Normal Gets Snatched.
We’ve all felt the sting of rejection at one time or another in our lives. This easy read, full of beautiful affirming quote pages and scripture helps soothe the soul and heal the wounds.Pick up a copy for yourself or someone you know that might be struggling.
Uninvited is available to purchase via Amazon.
Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball | from Moore’s
I’m always looking for new appetizer ideas for holiday gatherings. New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, and I know I’ll have a house full that will appreciate this idea from Moore’s; their Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball is as easy as 1,2,3…
Visit Moore’s today for great ideas and money savings coupon!
• 1 cup cooked chicken Marinated in Moore’s Original Marinade, grilled and shredded
• 8 oz cream cheese
• 1 packet ranch salad dressing mix
• 1 tbsp jalapeño peppers minced
• 2 tbsp Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
• 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) Substitute 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1. Combine all ingredients except cheddar cheese (or nuts). Mix well.
2. Form into a ball and roll in the cheddar cheese (or nuts) to coat.
3. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least one hour before serving. Serve with crackers or chips.
Note: For a little Moore Flavor marinate the chicken in Moore’s Original Marinade and use 3 tablespoons of Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
Feeling old, stuffy, grouchy from all the stress over Christmas???? Got snow? Take 10 or 20 years off your (mental) age. Go ahead – MAKE A SNOW ANGEL!
How long has it been since you looked at the snow with excitement and thought of it as a blessing instead of an obstacle that must be overcome? Now’s that time! Lay on your back, flap your “wings” and get a new perspective on life.
Follow up with hot cocoa and a peppermint stick and feel the stress and years slip off like a pair of heavy winter boots.
Trust that God is in control of whatever situation is moving you forward and cling to your faith not to the edge of security.
I heard someone say once “If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it.” He will.
Thank you for all the love you’ve shown me in 2016. It’s been a wonderful year full of challenges and unexpected blessings; life is like that and I’m so grateful for the life I’ve been given.
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