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January brings the hope of new. No matter how you ended the year before, January strikes the clock of new.

Every January I am ready for new. I feel like the New Year brings on the encouragement to me that new can happen again. I wipe the dust off of shelved dreams, and dare to risk that this year “it” could happen.

I don’t know about you, but I have a life Bucket List. The list is filled with a mix of practical and outlandish things I would love to do. Those things that I have dared to cross off get filled with something new. I love crossing off Bucket List items!

I have been thinking that I have a life Bucket List, but what about a year Bucket List? This got me thinking about what I would like to do this year. A Bucket List of the year is not the same thing as a resolution. It’s just risky things, maybe even uncomfortable things, you would want to accomplish this year.

This list can be filled with anything and everything. Maybe you want to sky dive or get a tattoo this year (that can also be on your life list as well.) Maybe you want to shoot for developing a core group of friends this year, write a book, or a chapter of a book. Maybe running a race, taking a trip, changing jobs, take/teach a class, reading three books, ask someone to lunch, or learning to play an instrument might be your thing.

Whatever your thing is, DO IT! Make a Bucket List for 2013.

My list would go something like this:

1)      Speak at an event or group three times this year

2)      Risk to make three big asks (whatever that looks like)

3)      Take a trip that is considered vacation for me

4)      Research/write a study on Joseph

5)      Redesign Blog/headshots

These are some of the hopes and goals for me this year. I am glad for 350 days now to try for them.

WHY NOT!?

What is/would be on your Bucket List this year?

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I took this picture while sitting outside a Starbucks. I just had to laugh. The amount of things we are able to do on our phones has changed communication and social lives forever.

I laughed because as a teenager I could not wait to hang out with my friends! We did all kinds of crazy things. Bored looks so different now.

I sat there wondering if they talked to each other at all while hanging out. I watched some more, and they would engage with each other by showing another person something on their phone.

Technology has changed the meaning of “social” forever.

SO my question for YOU is…

How has your phone usage affected your relationships for better?

How has your phone usage affected your relationships for worse?

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There are times where I just need to get out of my own head. Sometimes due to stresses, circumstances, and the snowball effect that seems like life, I need reminders.

Hebrews 11 is a great chapter for me to go to when I need to just remember what great things other people have done. Hebrews 11 if filled with snap shots of great faith.

There are some glimpses of amazing faith journeys people have had with God in Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews calls these amazing people of faith our “great cloud of witnesses.

This great cloud of witnesses helps me get out of myself and remind me of things bigger than me. I can get self-focused when it comes to working through hard times. This pattern of thinking is not helpful to anyone, especially me.

Reading these amazing stories of faith ushers in the perspective I need to refocus.

I know these stories are not the only great cloud of witnesses we have in life. I have some great clouds that helps me remember where to focus. I have some go-to podcasts, books, blogs, and friends. They make my life rich. They help me get out of me.

I would love to know your cloud of witnesses.

Who are some of your go-to’s to help you refocus and remember?

 

 

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I have been marinating on some tough questions for me lately.

Have you ever had those small whispering type questions that tug at your deep hearted places?

Those kinds of questions challenge me to the core in truth. They are questions that remind me who I am tethered to.

I am a person who gravitates toward leadership. I think I popped out of the womb leading. I love it. Leading is life giving to me. I love speaking and influencing through the outlet of leadership. As fun as leading is for me, it is also the area I need to keep myself the most in check.

Our gifts can be our curses as well.

I have been asking myself two questions:

1) Am I leading people to me or Him?

2) What does influencing without credit look like?

John the Baptist is one of my go-to guys when it comes to leadership. John was amazing at consistently directing people towards Jesus. He always handled the weight of his influence wisely.

Before Jesus arrived on the scene, John was talking about him. When asked about being the Messiah, John pointed to Jesus.

The minute Jesus came to the river to be baptized, John pointed to him. Every time John saw Jesus, he told people to follow him. John held loosely to his disciples and pushed them to follow after Jesus.

When John’s disciples complained to him about Jesus’ disciples baptizing more than they were, John responded that they should be. John never made himself greater than Jesus, but even stated, “he must become more and I must become less.

True character of leadership right there.

John wasn’t worried about credit or his numbers. John worried about people knowing and following after Jesus.

Am I?

We are all influencing and being influenced. We are all leading and following someone. I am constantly asking myself the question, “Am I following the one pointing me to Jesus, or the Jesus they are pointing to?

Influence is no small thing. There is a huge weight of responsibility when it comes to influence. It is very important to carry it well.

If I am leading people to me, I will fail. I am learning the simple fact that as I follow him followers happen.

I want to be a person who carries the weight of my influence well. I desire to be an open handed leader; always pointing to him in words and action.

Are you leading people to you are him? How?

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Social media is just that Social. 

There are so many ways to interact, communicate, and meet people online.

Thousands of people use social media for thousands of things.

I love being on Twitter and Facebook! I LOVE PEOPLE! I love connecting with people from all over the world. It is so dang fast, and so dang fun. Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are so necessary and important, but I twitter to connect with the heart’s of others.

I blog because I am passionate about conversations. I love community conversations. I love when community connects. I love watching other people connect. The heart to teach runs deep in me.  I love what challenges the heart. I am all about providing a topic and place to talk.

Why do YOU?

why are you on Twitter?

Why do have a Facebook account?

If you blog, Why?

What is your motivation to be online in some capacity?

 

 

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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! This month has flown by!!

I love knowing what everyone is doing; what you’re excited about for tomorrow.

I’ll be chilling with my family, loving on lots of food, and napping with football on.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

Where will you be?

What are you most excited about for tomorrow/this week?

What/who are you thankful for!?

Hope your day is filled with unexpected goodness. I hope you are part of conversations that fill your hearts. I hope you laugh til you cry. I hope thankfulness and gratitude fill your hearts and minds.

And take lots of naps!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!

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Cross Point Church is doing a great series called “Better Days.”

This series has been so great and so challenging. As a community, we have grown together in confronting worries, anxieties, fears, and the choosing faith. 

Cross Point has also challenged us to find conscious ways to be express gratitude. One way we are doing that as a community is by tweeting out a couple of things we are grateful for, and ending it with the hash tag #betterdayschallenge.

It has been awesome to see all the different heart thoughts of gratitude people have.

I would love to hear what your heart’s gratitude is. 

Today I am grateful for 1. hope, 2. new mercies, 3. his gentleness. #betterdayschallenge

What are YOU grateful for!?

 

 

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