Make Today Count


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Today I have extended a challenge to my friends on the EFED Facebook page. I would like to extend the same challenge to you. This is not a difficult challenge. It does not require you to go out and buy any special equipment. God has given you every thing that you will need. If you have a voice and a few moments then you are ready to begin this challenge.

Today, I want us to make a difference in someone’s life. We can do this by encouraging those around us.

In the day in which we live it seems we are so tied up in our own lives that we fail to see those around us. Technology has made it so that we have access to others every minute of our day, yet we seem to be the most disconnected of any time in history.

I want us to do something about that. Make it a point to reach others today. If you see someone who needs a word of encouragement, take a moment and offer that word. If you know someone who is struggling today, take a moment and pray for them. You can even let them know that you did so. If you see someone who could use a helping hand, stop and offer that hand to them.

There are so many little ways that we can encourage each other daily, yet we seem to overlook those moments. It is not always the big things that make a difference. A simple smile can brighten someone’s day. A note to let someone know that you are thinking of them can make a difference.

Take a moment this morning to ask God to show you how you can make a difference. Ask Him to show you someone who may need a word of encouragement. There are people all around us who are looking for hope. If we will allow God to shine through us, we can share that hope with them.

Will you accept this challenge to make today count? Will you commit to encourage someone today? I would love to hear your story about how God used you to make a difference in someone’s life today.

 

Motivational Monday: Make it Count


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” To every thing there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heaven” 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Make it count.

There are a lot of areas in life where we use this term.

We use it in sports when we are talking about scoring a point. You have one shot; make it count.

We use this term when we are talking about spending money. Make every penny count. 

Today I am talking about time spent as a family. Make every minute count. It is passing more quickly than you know.

This weekend was fun for our family. We did not have any big plans. We did not have some big goal in mind to reach.

I told my husband last week, ” I want Friday to be a family day for us.” To my delight, our Friday turned into an entire weekend spent together.

Friday evening we made homemade pizza, watched television together, and watched the kids play some new games they had gotten. All in all, it was just a fun relaxing evening with our children.

Saturday played out just about the same way. We did not have anything in particular to do. We were just together as a family. We watched the kids play in the yard, we visited with family, and we even rode our ATVs around for a while.

Sunday found us in church as a family. The afternoon was spent outside, watching the kids play and visiting together.

We made this weekend count.

I believe as  a  mom, that it is very important to share these times with our children. There are so many things going on in life. I believe that as parents we need to take time with our children to just make memories.

Make your time count.

There does not have to be a lot of money spent, or a far off adventurous vacation taken. Time well spent can be taken right where you live.

Whatever your circumstances are, make it count.

If all you can do is sit together and play a game, make it count.

If you can cook a meal together, make it count.

If you can build something together, make it count.

Whatever it is that your family can do to spend time together, do it. You will make memories that you and your children will remember for years to come.

As a parent, I sometimes get caught up in the bigger and better moment. I want to give my kids the biggest and the best.

This weekend was a reminder to me that bigger is not always best. It is about quality, not quantity.

This weekend I had the privilege of watching my family play together, laugh together, and make memories together.

I thank God for my family. My husband is my best friend and I pray that God allows me to have many more years with him. My children are the light of my life. I love watching them grow and change. Most of all I love to see them smile, to know that they are happy. I love knowing that we are raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)

I want to encourage you today. Make your time count. Remember: it is not about quantity, it is about quality. You do not have to spend a lot of money or make big extravagant plans. Do what you can do, but make it count. You will be glad you did.

I hope this has motivated you today.

Now, I would like to challenge you. Make plans soon to have a family day. It does not have to be just like ours. Make it your own.

I would love to hear about it. Consider leaving a comment telling us what your day was like, and what you did that was special to you.

This may be a regular occurrence at your house. If it is, kudos to you!

If you have suggestions you would like to share,  I would love to hear them.

How do you make your time as a family count?

Just Another Monday?


Monday is here again, the beginning of another week for us. I trust everyone had a blessed Easter Weekend just as we did.

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about the Easter celebration and what each day of it meant to us as Christians.

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Friday we remembered the death of Jesus and the sacrifice that was made for each of us.

Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of our Saviour and the hope that it brings.

What about Monday?

As I pondered this thought, I heard God speak to my heart, “What will you do with Monday?”

The Easter holiday is over. Monday finds us at the beginning of another week, getting back to everyday life. But, is that all it is?

We just celebrated a weekend of Hope! The hope of a future, the hope of Salvation, and a home in Heaven some day.

I made a commitment to God this weekend to share that hope. I would like to invite you to do the same.

I do not want to celebrate such great things as we did the past few days and then leave them there. I want to carry them with me and share them with those around me.

After Jesus had risen from the grave; before He ascended into Heaven, he gave His disciples a job to do. He told them to go and tell. (Matthew 28:19)

Jesus has promised us that He has gone to prepare a place for us, and that He is coming back for us one day.( John 14:3)

I want to be busy doing God’s work when that day comes. What about you?

I want to challenge you, just as I have done myself, to remember and share what we just celebrated. Let us not forget the hope that was given to us with the resurrection of our Saviour.

I want to continue to share that good news with those around us, just as Jesus commanded His disciples to do.

Will you join me in that challenge today? I pray that you will.