Keeping it Simple

Hello All– After a fine, very full Christmas time, things just got real quiet around here.  I’m ready for simple.  Simpler meals.  The house cleared of Christmas clutter.  A emptier schedule.  Shorter to-do lists.

So while I love the fresh start chance to make those New Years Resolutions, I want to keep it simple.  I have just two resolves.  Love God– think on him, talk to him, love and worship with all my heart, rest in his love for me.  And second, Love People–  Imagine what would make them feel loved, cared for and do all I can for them…

If I can do those two, it’s enough.

“Love the Lord your G0d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbor as yourself.”  –Jesus (Mark 10:30-31)

P.S.  The photo above are two people we truly love, Jac & Jackie, hiking in Wisconsin last summer.

Resolving

DSC00344Hello friends–  By now I’ve made my full share of unkept New Year’s resolutions. You too?  You’d think it’s time to give up on them.  But maybe it’s packing up the Christmas tree and setting the house back to rights, or having a couple restorative weeks away from school, or maybe just opening a new pristinely blank calendar– but this time of year still feels fresh and open…

So I’m taking a deep breath and setting down my hopes, my goals for this year– keeping it simple.  That’s an advantage of being 63– there’s a little perspective what whittles it down to what is truly important in my life– and what is happily optional.

I resolve just two things– to love God more, to stop to adore and worship him through my days ahead.  And to show love to the people I care for, my family far and wide, friends I share life with, students in my class every day.  If I can do that, it will be a worthwhile year.

“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.”    –Psalm 33:22

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P.S.– photo is from a Crystal Cove beach walk last week with Ani, Brian & Larry.

Just One Resolution

pencil_colorHi friends–  I’ve made a whole lot of resolutions over the last couple years.  Not just New Year’s resolutions, but “back to school resolutions” and “what will I accomplish this summer resolutions.”  Some went well and with others I completely failed.  So this time, for 2013, I’m just making ONE resolution.  One that will change me more than, a new diet or some well intentioned plan.

I resolve to be more truly prayerful.  I ran across this encouragement from Martin Luther this week.

“Grant that I may not pray with my mouth alone; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.”    –Martin Luther   (1483-1546)

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”   — Colossians 4:2

Lord help me.