Let's play a game: Fresh Look Friday

OK! Everybody up! Rise AND Shine!  It’s Friday – Let’s play a game. Come on. You know you want to. We’ll call it Fresh Look Friday. Have you ever heard of Pay-It-Forward? How about Random Acts of Kindness? And here’s one. Have you ever heard someone transform the words of Luke 6:31 which clearly says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” so they become “Do unto others before they do unto you?” I know. Those play on words usually projects a negative connotation, and that’s …

Read more

In anticipation of …

OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning…. It’s Friday everyone! Give me an F give me an R give me an I ….. need I go on? We all know what Friday means. Yes! Somehow Fridays, even Fridays at work seem to spark up a little more than other days. Why is that? It’s just another day.  But is it? I think Fridays are like that because of anticipation. It’s not just Fridays though; it’s the looking ahead, looking forward with expectancy.  I used to laugh every time someone would …

Read more

Doubt

When I was a little kid, I hated to hear my mom say “I doubt it”. That always meant I wasn’t going to get something I wanted.  As I contemplated the passing week, I realized, I’m still not a fan of that word. Doubt leaves some gaping holes in my armor. Misunderstandings that make me doubt my value as an individual, miscommunications that make me doubt my motives, mistakes that make me doubt my abilities …  nothing I do is right. Whoa! How can this be? Do you ever feel like that? Do …

Read more

For less to do, use shorter paper.

OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning YAY! WE made it to Friday! What cool things will you do today to prepare for your weekend? How do you get from here to the weekend; what’s in your plan?  At work, at home, at play – well, first things first.  First we have to get up, get motivated, get the armor on, get COFFEE, and get out there. Up Up UP – we can do this. If you’ve forgot, the first thing, it’s not too late.  Pray! Whatever is on …

Read more

Weekend plans?

YAY for Friday! I always think I’m going to sleep in an extra hour on Friday sort of a way to  reward myself for working hard during the week. Somehow I don’t think 4:30 equates to extra sleep. In fact, I think it’s backward! When I woke up this morning I was thinking about the Bible Study I attended last night. So there is my thankful theme for today. I am thankful for the Bible Study about Abigail. I knew one thing about her at the start of the study …

Read more

Good, better, best ….

Good, better, best …. give it a rest! We’ve all heard it, right?  Good, better, best; never let it rest; until your good is better; and your better is its best.  It’s Friday.  What if for today, we take a break from trying to do better. What would it hurt to assess what we’ve accomplished through a clear lens, free of criticism.  How about this. Reach over right now and get a piece of paper and a pencil. Write yourself a note listing what you do well. You know what …

Read more

Seeking …

Just wondering . . . have you ever had a day when everything went right? Maybe it will be today.  It’s a NEW DAY everyone and it’s Friday.  Today I am thankful that there is a new day out there, are you? Before the sun comes up …  think of it … what will I do today to make it better than the last?  I have an idea.  The first thing is protect my first half hour of the day.  Proverbs 4:23 directs us to “Keep vigilant watch over your …

Read more

My construction project

Let’s hear it for Friday. Ah yes…there it is! Hurray for Friday! How has your week been? Not all good. Not all bad. But it sure has been a week, hasn’t it? Do your weeks sometimes remind you of that college challenge to see how many grown people can fit into a telephone booth? Or maybe a Volkswagen Bug? I realize some of you might not even know what a phone booth is. I’m sure those who don’t are the one who will know how to Google it. Weeks are …

Read more

Good, better, best

When was the last time someone told you, “You’re trying too hard” or ‘You’re over-thinking that”? Perplexing, isn’t it? We were taught way back in Kindergarten “Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is its best.”  Right? Remember?  Getting to best means hard work; it means effort.  How many hours have I poured over completing a project (writing, baking, sewing)  only to get to the end and find a glaring flaw. Was I trying too hard? What about working diligently on a …

Read more

What about options?

A local news channel in West Michigan often publishes a question to raise enthusiasm for the weekend and, of course for their broadcast popularity.  Nothing wrong with that.  If my purpose was to grab attention and get people to pay attention, like a news channel, I’d kindle a response on a Thursday night too.  That one question though started an unpredicted recall process that left me a little bewildered. Not because I don’t already have a calendar full of possibilities, but because I do.  I’m a list maker and a …

Read more

Refining Grace