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The Celebration Of Coming Full Circle

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I’m writing today as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Our theme for this month is “Celebration.” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if you’re a Christian writer or author.

A wedge of key lime pie is tangy and tart… coming full circle is a reason to celebrate!

Coming full circle… I don’t know about you, but in life whenever there is a loose end it tends to make me wonder. I guess I shouldn’t let this bother me, because I do know that there is a reason and a time for everything, right…

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

I’ve also found, in life, there are experiences that occurred that I can’t really “tie back” to anything definite until years later… then, when the “ahhh haaa” moment shows up, I can put the pieces of the puzzle together and everything fits together just right.

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In Whom Are You Investing?

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The greatest investment we make in life is how we use our time. How we plan, share and use our time tells a story about who we are, what our priorities are, what we are investing our life in… and what story our life will ultimately tell. The greatest investment of our time is in other people… In Whom Are You Investing?

I can think of the following 3 groups of people who I should be investing in:

  • The people who are within my circle of influence. These are generally those folks who are within the outer 3 circles in  The 4 Circles And The Great Beyond . I may at times be more intentional about some of these investments than others. One of my personal goals is to invite more new people to check out our church. Another is my deep commitment to spending time with my family.
  • The people who lie outside my circle of influence. Influence on this group of people is extremely subtle and at the same time may be considered the most important. I can run across these opportunities to invest in people virtually anywhere. If I’m focused on this group I can even bring some of these people into my circle of influence. These are also the people who make casual observations about my walk and me in general. These observations and/or our casual direct interactions can have an impact on the impressions people will make on Christians in general… so I have to keep working on me to make sure that I am going to make a good impression and one that honors God.
  • Me – I need to take the lead in this investment and make sure that I am focused on staying in a growing relationship with Jesus. I also need to stay connected with a solid group of believers as they will be investing in me (and visa versa).

In Whom Are You Investing?

How do you let the people who are most important in your life know it?

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A Luminary For Life

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My daughter Allie had a baby just over a week ago.

Sweet little Emma is a tremendous blessing to our family and a luminary for life.

The very first thing Emma learned was to breathe deeply.

Next up was a new way of eating.

There will be many more baby steps to her journey.

I am inspired by children in a special way. I absolutely adore little ones. I’ve written about kids plenty here at I’m Just Thinkin’.

Today Little Emma has me thinking about how we learn and grow every day…

she’s a beacon or luminary for life…

she’s already learned and grown so much in just one short week…

it makes life seem so brief in comparison to eternity.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16

Nolan, Emma and Jesus are a light to me… they inspire me.

That’s something to get really, awesomesauce excited about!!

It puts a smile on my face and a pep in my step!!!

It’s the excitement of new life beaming with God’s glory every moment of the day.

What’s happening in your world today that inspires you in a positive way?

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Simplify Life With 6 Fun Mathematical Expressions

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quantum mechanics ... Ugh!!!

Sometimes life seems to get stressful and we need to simplify. Too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. I am feeling this way right now as I have been overwhelmed with commitments. The ole To-Do / Priority list helps… but whenever it gets busy life can tend to sway out of balance and the really important stuff can get pushed aside. When this happens I need to try to remember to simplify: Strive to do less by focusing on what matters most.

In school we were taught to write mathematical expressions in their simplest form. Remember simplify? I really enjoyed math in school, and always like to help my daughters with their math homework. They say that I missed my calling, that I should have been a math teacher.

Here are 6 fun mathematical expressions on how to simplify when you’re overloaded:

    • Regroup – Yep, Regroup comes first. It can help you identify the most essential tasks. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of resisting the temptation to blow off that which is of eternal significance… if you happen to be busy and stressed you may need God more now than ever!
    • Add – Add a layer of organization to your world. This may be necessary to efficiently complete the tasks at hand once they are identified. Joshua Leatherman provided an excellent writeup as a guest on Michael Hyatt’s blog about the Pomodoro Technique , a tool to use for becoming more efficient. Adding a to-do item like this one may make the rest of your today and tomorrow flow better.
    • Subtract – Reduce or try to eliminate unnecessary distractions. “… and that’s all I’ve got to say about that” – oh how I love my Gump-isms!
    • Multiply – When I think of multiply, multi-task comes to mind… how to take the use of my time to a new level… if you’re good at tapping your head and rubbing your belly at the same time now is the occasion to make good use of the gifts He has given you 🙂
    • Divide – Divy up tasks among people who are in your support group (i.e., don’t hesitate to ask your spouse, family, small group or other supportive friends for assistance in your time of need… and be sure to help them when they need it too!).
    • Regroup – you are absolutely correct… Regroup was first… and it’s last too. Don’t forget to Regroup… again! Make every effort to keep God at the center of your every endeavor.

I want my life to have impact in a positive way. To do that I need to…

keep it simple with Him in the middle…

pray about everything…

be thankful, and let the joy and peace of Jesus rule in my heart.

Can you think of any more mathematical expressions to help simplify life?

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