Goodbye Before Hello

We’re rapidly coming to the end of this year & I’m sure this year has had some ups & downs for you – hopefully more ups than downs. Something I’d strongly encourage you to consider is saying goodbye to some things that are not helpful. There’s no sense in bringing unnecessary & unhelpful luggage into 2018. So this weekend is the prime opportunity to say goodbye & begin a fresh start. Here are some ideas for goodbyes:

  • hurts by forgiving,
  • unhealthy routines (replace w something constructive),
  • spending money / time in non-constructive ways,
  • negative mindsets / perspectives.

The only way that I can see me making these changes is by letting the Holy Spirit help me. Maybe that’s also true for you!! Feel free to pick up my newest book on the Holy Spirit to help you make a fresh start in 2018!

Things to Forget When Traveling

While I don’t consider myself a hard core road warrior, I do seem to travel a fair amount. With all of my traveling experiences, you’d think that is be a really nimble & savy traveller. Wouldn’t that be nice?!??
Alas, here are a few things I’ve learned in my adventures:

I often forget what I like the least. For example, when I travel I’m super attentive to remember my coffee supply but have often neglected to remember to bring my makeup. So I wind up stopping at Walmart or looking in airports for makeup & this can be very frustrating to be certain. 

In my traveling education, I’ve also learned to travel light, because I have to carry whatever I bring. Less luggage = less weight & smoother traveling. 

Being flexible makes traveling more enjoyable than being rigid & demanding

As we travel through life, these are good lessons to carry with his everyday:

*keep a healthy appetite for the Bible, prayer & consistent church in your life not merely as accessories but more so as essentials

*let go of the luggage & weights that could keep you from being lithe & agile: forgive quickly & well  

*remember that God is sovereign & our role is to adapt to God rather than demand from God 🙂

Checked Luggage

In this new age of budget airplane travel, airlines are looking for all kinds of ways to squeeze out an extra nickel. Some airlines will serve their customers only water & require payment for anything different. I also flew an airline that charged me for some of my carry on luggage & it’s now customary to pay for one’s checked luggage on domestic flights. So I find myself carrying my luggage for almost all of my travels, to save money. 

If I’m not careful, I also tend to carry my luggage with God, rather than checking my  luggage, baggage & excess weight into God’s proficient care. I’m learning to check my baggage with God more consistently & not just when I’m overwhelmed 🙂
Ps 55:22 says to cast your cares on the Lord for He cares for you. Stop carrying your luggage through life 🙂

you buy it, you carry it!

When I was growing up, I remember a family vacation where my dad bought these giant copper pots because they were cheap & he wanted to use them as decoration in our house.  Nevermind that we were in Egypt & that we’d have to carry these monstrosities on various planes, through airports, security, etc.  After this experience, we made a family rule, “you buy it, you carry it.” 

This rule makes me think that sometimes we buy into the lies that the devil tells us & then wind up carrying his junk.  Don’t buy these lies, so you don’t have to carry the luggage J