Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Show Forth

Today is the Epiphany, otherwise known as Twelfth Night, or Day of the Kings. It marks the end of the Christmas season and the traditional 12 days of Christmas. (You know, "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...") Here in South Louisiana, it also marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.

Traditionally, Epiphany is celebrated as the time when the Magi, or Kings, arrived in Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. One of the definitions I found was "a showing forth"~in this case a showing forth of Jesus to the Gentiles. When I read this, I was struck by the wording of "a showing forth of Jesus". It caused me to think: Do I show forth Jesus? If I do, how often do I show Him forth? Hourly? Daily? Monthly? I'm sorry to say that my musings left a lot to be desired.

This year we decided to leave our Christmas tree up until after Epiphany. And we will celebrate tonight with a King Cake. But, most importantly, we will talk about showing forth Jesus and how we can do that better as individuals and as a family.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Eat from the Pantry Challenge

I occasionally read a blog called Organizing Junkie. I would love to be more organized and am inspired by her website and others. She does Menu Plan Monday, which I am going to try this year. (I'm incorporating that into my resolutions/goal for the year.)

Anyway, she is currently involved in a challenge called Eat from the Pantry. It is just what it sounds like: the moms that came up with the challenge are going to try to feed their families with what they have at home for the entire month of January. They are going to buy fresh bread, produce, and dairy products and are going to try to spend only $75 on groceries for the whole month of January.

All I can say is, "Wow!". I can't even LOOK at a grocery store without spending $75!! But, I am going to take this challenge. We have some special occasions this month, so I know I will have to buy some special items, but for our everyday meals, I'm going to cook what I have before going to the store to buy something new.

I don't think I'm going to tell the family about this little experiment...I wonder if they will catch on!

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. " Luke 2:52

That's not a very long verse, but it is one of my favorites. Because I like it so much, I thought I'd use it as my guide for my New Year's resolutions/goals.

Wisdom: There is so much wisdom I need to gain, I hardly know where to start. I need spiritual wisdom, wife wisdom, mom wisdom, friend wisdom, financial wisdom, and just regular wisdom! I would like to grow in those areas, and maybe learn something fun this year, too.

Stature: Hmmm, I definitely don't want to GROW in stature. In fact, I wouldn't mind SHRINKING a little! One of my goals for this area this year is to increase my exercise and work on better eating habits for all of us.

Favor with God: Oh, how I want this! I know that God looks on me with love and compassion, but I also want Him to be proud of me. I want Him to be proud of my obedience and my willingness to walk with Him and do the hard stuff.

Favor with men: I want my relationships to count for something in this life. I want to be able to put aside my selfishishness. I want to pour out what God is doing in me onto others.

I'm not sure how this will end, but I'm ready to begin!