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Around here we celebrated Valentine’s Day a week late. We just celebrated it last evening, Feb. 21.

For the last several years, I have been wanting to make it a family affair instead of a couples night out. So with several eager children that wanted to do all they could to help make a special supper, I embarked on that adventure.

We put Valentine’s decals on our windows, made fondant for a cake, made red jello hearts.

The menu was pretzel covered Chicken breasts served with homemade Honey Mustard Sauce, baked corn, Valentine jello hearts, and Pumpkin cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting with pink fondant overlay with pinker hearts on it.

I had each of the children write notes to each other person in the family. Titus and I also wrote notes to each one. We said 2 or 3 things that we like about that person. Then each person read their notes and then gave that note to the appropriate person. We did this after the main course and before dessert. It was really really special. I think it will become a Valentines Tradition for us.

We all love to be loved. We love when others tell us what they like about us. And this can be an organized way of affirming our love for each member of the family and affirming their strong points. May God be glorified in all that we do.

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“Giving All Diligence” or “Living Intentionally”

2 Peter 1:5-10

v.5,6,&7~How do we give all diligence to add to our faith, virtue and so on. v.8~How do we give all diligence to make sure that we have these things in us, so that we can “abound” and be neither “barren nor unfruitful”? v.10~ How can we give all diligence to make our “calling and election sure”. He says that “if we do these these things, we shall never fall”.  I really think that this is what we ALL want. We want to be fruitful. We want to make sure we are in God’s will. We would love it if we wouldn’t fall and stumble. But How? Is the question. The Bible gives the answer a couple of times in these very verses!!!!

GIVE  ALL DILIGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

How do we give all diligence??

This is where the living intentionally comes in. We need to be INTENTIONAL about the way we live. Intentional means: 1. A course of action that one intends to follow.  2. An aim that guides actions  3. An aim or purpose

So the next question is how do we begin to live intentional? How do we get that course of action? How do we decide what our aim or purpose is? Or what we want that aim or purpose to be?

First I think we need to stop and take inventory and see where our priorities lie. What are our priorites? What do we WANT our priorities to be? Are they the same? I think they need to be the same for us to be living intentionally.

I think one of the things we need to do or the key to living intentionally is to simplify our lives. We need to declutter our surroundings, our schedules, and our minds. I find it much easier to be intentional about my day if my house is in order. It is much easier to sit down and have my quiet time with God if there are not stacks of papers and books lying around and if things are at least in a semblance of order. It seems that when chaos abounds I can’t be intentional about anything. That’s the surroundings part of decluttering.

We also need to declutter our calendars, freeing up more time the most important things/people in our lives and that is God and our families. I don’t think we should have something going EVERY night of the week. At least one or two evenings a week the whole family should be at home and together. As we look at our calendars, I think we tend to get the important things and the urgent things mixed up. The urgent things can so often take precedence over the important things. Try to sort those 2 things out.

We also need to declutter our minds. This area is one of my biggest struggles personally. It is easy to see that I need to declutter areas of my house. The calendar isn’t too hard to declutter because I don’t have teenagers that all have their things they want to do. It so far is mainly Titus and I. But decluttering is my mind is different. I like to be “connected” to as many people as possible. I like to read as many different blogs as possible. I like to know about what is happening in the world around me. All of this is not wrong in itself. BUT the most important relationships in my life can suffer because of this NEED to be connected. We need to step away from the computer and “SEE” our children and our homes. We need to see the important things in our childrens lives and our husband’s life.   We need to find a way to disconnect from this world, a way to clear our minds and focus on the one thing we are doing at the moment.  Even our prayer times, our times with God can be affected by this. We can be praying one minute and the next minute thinking about something else and we need to remind ourselves to get back to praying. We need to take every thought captive. Somehow!! I have not gotten this figured out at all. Like I said I really struggle with this one.

another thing that happens is that many times life gets busy and our private times with God is one of the first areas to be neglected. But when we neglect this most important relationship, every area in our lives WILL suffer. One way to live intentionally is to set a specific time for God, set aside time every day to be alone with him. Read his word often.

Living intentionally is not easy!! Being an intentional Christian is even harder. It goes against everything our flesh desires. We need to choose the Spirit life over the flesh life every time. Way to often I choose to live in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. It is easier to do that. The hard choice is to live in the Spirit. We need to give ALL diligence that we make those hard choices every day.

Let’s make God a priority. Let know who we are living for. Our lives are not our own. Everything we do needs to bring glory to God. Are you, am I, living that way?

St. Teresa of Avila said “Christ has no body on earth, but yours, no hands, but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.

Living intentionally as a Christian means we need to live as Jesus lived. Also as we are trying to figure out how to live intentionally, we can try to intentionally live with patience or temperance this week. Then as we do that we will be neither barren nor unfruitful. We will be adding to our faith virtue to virtue knowledge temperance patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity.

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