Happy New Year-It’s Not Too Late!

Hey everybody! Happy New Year! I realize January is well underway, but I just had to write a post about a New Year’s Challenge that I’m super excited about!

Back in December, an acquaintance sent an email inviting me (and others) to join her (and a very large group of women) on a year-long journey of memorizing scripture. Now this is no ordinary team of women. No, this is the Siesta Scripture Memory Team! 

Here’s the lowdown: This program is put on by Living Proof Ministries, which, if you are a Christian woman living in the United States, you probably already are familiar with as being associated with Beth Moore. And if you are not familiar with Beth, well now is the time for an introduction! Beth has written several best-selling Bible studies and travels across the country teaching God’s word at live events. Most importantly, to me, she is a Godly woman who studies God’s word and encourages us to grow in our daily walk with him!

Now, here is the jumping off page for the launch of the 2015 SSMT:  http://blog.lproof.org/2015/01/siesta-scripture-memory-team-2015-verse-1.html

There you will find the introduction from Beth!

Then go here for instructions on how to get started: http://blog.lproof.org/2014/12/siesta-scripture-memory-team-2015-instructions-and-spiral-information.html

That’s where you’ll get started on your scripture memorization for this year. It’s so exciting! And it’s really not that difficult. You only need to choose one verse, twice a month. That’s 24 verses by the end of the year. But you need to get started in order to get the most out of it! Remember, you get out what you put in.

I’m looking forward to this new year, and being committed to memorizing God’s word. I hope you will join me (and thousands of other women) on this wonderful journey! Now let’s get started!!!

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The Happiness Project

Gotcha, didn’t I? What is The Happiness Project? If you don’t already know, it’s a book written by Gretchen Rubin, in which the author spends a year discovering how to live a happier life. And it seems like everyone has been talking about it! Well, that’s not exactly what this post is about. But it did get me thinking about some of the things that make me happy. And I’ve been thinking about doing a “Top Ten”. So, there you have it! My “Top Ten Happy List”!

10. Kramer. He’s a poodle. But don’t tell him. He thinks he’s a real boy. Just looking at his sweet face makes me happy!

Kramer!

Kramer!

9. Reading. I love to read. Magazines, books, The Bible. Reading makes me happy.
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8. Singing along with the radio. I loooove singing along with the radio! (And dancing)

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

7. Running. Yep, running makes me happy. Science has proven this exercise to happiness fact. Who am I to argue with science?

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6. Cooking. I love trying new recipes and cooking old family favorites. I’m especially happy when a recipe turns out well, and my family enjoys it!

My own healthy salad.

My own healthy salad.

5. Beaches. (And travel, in general!)Beaches make me so happy. I love the sand, the sun, the sound of the ocean waves. Calming and happy inducing.

Yep, that's Jamaica from our plane!

Yep, that’s Jamaica from our plane!

4. Coffee. Mmmmm…. I really enjoy my coffee. Hot or iced, black, or with sugar & creamer. Coffee makes me happy!

Cappuccino!

Cappuccino!

3. Sunrises & Sunsets. I have a beautiful view of the sunrise form my front porch and I’m always excited at God’s creation!
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2. Family. Of course family can make us crazy. But let’s face it-we love them and their smiles and hugs make life worth living. Family makes me happy.
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1. If you know me, you had to be expecting this. My relationship with God makes me happy. Actually, it provides a deep, abiding joy that cannot be replaced with anyone or anything. Only God can provide the peace and freedom that lives within my soul on a minute by minute, daily basis.
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So there you have it! A Top Ten Happiness List! Now I could go on to twenty or thirty. But let’s face it-you’d get bored! But hopefully this has inspired you to think about things both big and small, that make you happy! And of course, as always, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment to share what makes you happy today!i hope you have a happy and blessed weekend!

Currently…This Week’s Update!

It’s been a crazy week!

I’m Currently

Watching: Too much tv. Hubby has been out of town, so the dog and the television have kept me company! I’ve actually been catching up on some movies I recorded during one of those “free preview” weekends. Tonight I watched Trouble With The Curve, starring the great Clint Eastwood, along with Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. I love anything Clint does. He’s a true American classic.

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Reading: Thankfully, I’ve gotten back to reading my Bible a little more. Trying to memorize the book of Philippians. If you believe in the power of prayer, send one up for me right now. I can use all the help I can get! This brain isn’t getting any younger!

Eating: Not very healthy this week. When hubby isn’t home, I don’t cook much, which leads to eating junk. I hate that. I did eat a salad yesterday. That counteracts the chips, right? Oh, and I’m trying out these new Chia Bars by Health Warrior. Awesome! I’ll tell more about these next week. And I had a couple of healthy smoothies for breakfast this week. I eat best at breakfast!

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Drinking: Water, coffee, smoothies, and Tonight, a margarita with a friend while we watched the movie!

Learning: A lot. How to say goodbye to a dear friend who passed away. How to let go, and make peace with decisions, and still love the people we leave behind on our journey. To wait. On God’s timing. To run alone and be okay with that. To get up early so I can run before the blazing sun catches me! And to make jam! Hey, I said I’m learning a lot!
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Come on now, its your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been watching, reading, eating, drinking, or learning. I genuinely want to know! Please share. Love, until next time!