Friday, January 21, 2011

exercising!


doing their exercising!
Originally uploaded by Eric and Jill

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All Snowed In






Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jill's Goals for 2011

I just thought for accountability's sake, I will share with you all my goals for this new year. I have more in my mind, but I think these four are of the highest priority.

Proverbs 29:18 (American Standard Version)
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

1. I will read the whole Bible chronically this year is goal #1. I found a great website-http://www.bibleplan.org. You can go on there and choose which plan for reading the Bible through is best for you. Here's the plan I've chosen http://www.bibleplan.org/ch/niv
Confession- I have never read the Bible through in a year. In fact, I don't know for sure if I have ever completely read the whole Bible. I remember reading the whole Old Testament in college and I've probably read the whole New Testament piece by piece over the years but THIS YEAR is the year I will know that I have read the whole Bible! And it's not just about saying that I've read the whole Bible, it's about reading God's annointed, inspired Word that is completely infallible!
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

2. I will read AT LEAST 1 Marriage book and 1 Parenting book in 2011. I've chosen already the marriage book that I want to read. I will be reading Leading to the Bedroom by: David and Katie Reid and following along with the discussion and questions on their blog http://www.leadingtothebedroom.com. I'm undecided about which parenting book I will choose (any suggestions?). I'm finishing up a wonderful parenting book right now called On Becoming Child Wise- parenting your child from three to seven years. I can't say enough good things about this book. It is so insightful! The authors, Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam have a wealth of experience and observations from the years that they share in a wonderful way.

3. I will continue practicing catechisms and Bible verses regularly with Sawyer, in hopes that he will learn AT LEAST six new Bible verses this year and that we will complete the whole list of First Catechisms (we are on #11 of 20 right now). If you are interested in taking a look, I use the Parent Handbook for Scripture Memory http://www.centralpc.org/ministry/children/memorybk.htm#a3. And upon request, I will gladly email anyone The First Catechisms. Proverbs 22:6

4. And on a very personal note (I almost did not include this on the internet), By God's grace, I will continue to improve with the compulsions that I struggle with to check things around the house. For those of you who know me well, know that I've struggled with this for years now. I know it's my sinful nature wanting to always be in control. Eric is a wonderful support to me and God has graciously healed me of many of the obsessions and compulsions that I use to have. God is so good! Proverbs 28:13

Here's to 2011!!!!!!!

It's A New Year, God - poem

It's A New Year, God

You are ushering in another year

untouched and freshly new,

so here I come to ask You God

if You'll renew me to?

Forgive the many errors,

that I made in the past,

and let me try again dear God,

to walk closer in Thy way.

But God, I am well aware

I can't make it on my own.

So take my hand and hold it tight

for I can't walk alone.



Lord, teach me, as Your faithful follower, how

To have fun without folly,

To be cheerful without vanity,

To have self-respect without pride,

To be strict without fanaticism,

To be relaxed without laziness,

To be serious without gloom,

To be friendly and not fickle,

To be sunny and not silly,

Lord, teach me how.

Amen.

~author unknown