How Will You Begin The New Year?

We have three days left in 2013. I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by! I want to begin the New Year well. How will you begin the New Year?

Beth Moore tweeted this quote yesterday and it resonated with me.

How Will You Begin The New Year?

There are some things I need to let go from 2013. I don’t want to drag some things from last year into the New Year and I want to repent, forgive and move on.

In time, I want to share some about our 2013 with you all but I’m not able to put it into words yet. It’s been a challenging year for our family but thankfully we have not only survived the year but I think we’ve all grown closer to God.

Difficulties are a part of this life. I want to make sure I don’t just go through them, I want to grow through them.

Philippians 3:12-14 from The Message says this, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Let’s begin the New Year clinging to Him!

Have a blessed day!

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It’s a New Year!

Happy New Year! I’m always excited about a New Year. It’s a clean, fresh slate!

The beginning of a New Year is a great time to get organized. I’m wanting to organize some things at home but I’m also trying to think of ways to organize my blog.

One of the things I’m implementing is a Gallery Page. You can see where I’ve added it in my header below.

Welcome 2013!
I’ll be adding more of my posts on fashion, beauty and hair tips so keep checking back. I’m hoping it will help you all find things easier.

Another thing I’d like to add to my blog is more video tutorials. But to tell you the truth, I don’t like videoing myself—AT ALL.

My sister always says I’m way too serious in my videos, which is not my personality. If you’re around me for very long, you’ll know I love to laugh!

Well, with the beginning of a New Year, I wanted to personalize my Happy New Year message. Instead of just writing Happy New Year, I tried to say it. But to say it was a flop is an understatement.

I also realized that when I say blog, I say it with two syllables, kind of like this, blo-og. It sounds terrible but it’s my southern drawl coming out! I edited that word out until I can say it with one syllable. :-)

So as you can imagine one of my goals this year is to get better at vlogging. We’ll see!

Have a blessed day!

Beauty for the Heart~~Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Goals for 2012 and a Reader Survey

 Hump Day!! Yeah!

It’s four days into the New Year and one of my goals (not really a resolution) is to exercise more. My husband and I were supposed to start P90X but so far that hasn’t happened!

I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying about some of the other goals I have for 2012. I have some specific things I’d like to accomplish and I am bathing them in prayer!

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been blogging since 2009 and I spend a bulk of my week on this blog. I love doing it but at some point I’d also love to earn some income (not easy) and I’d love to work with some like-minded brands through sponsorships.

So, here’s where you come in, I need your HELP!

I truly value your feedback. None of the questions are required, so just fill out the ones that you want to fill out. It is also completely anonymous. I know your busy so I really appreciate you taking the time to fill this out!

Thank you again~~you all are awesome! and I’m sure you want to see more of Colt Allen, right?

My One Word for 2012

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

2011 is over and we have a new year ahead. I love a fresh start, don’t you?

Today, I wanted to share with you my one word for 2012.

 

It’s Focus!

I know, it’s not profound but I need this. I love doing lots of things but I sometimes get myself involved in too much. Hello~~can anyone relate with me?

The main area I always want to focus on is my relationship with Jesus. I want to make sure that He’s my priority. In my quiet time this morning I read Psalm 105:4, Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Perfect! I need to seek Him for everything.

I have many other things I want to focus on this year; my family, friends, my blog and a new adventure I’ve started as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. 

So what about  you, do you have one word for 2012? I’d love to hear what your one word is!

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I’m Taking a Peek Back

Well, it’s that time of the year when we look back at the past year and then begin planning for the New Year.

I’m excited about 2012 here on Walking in Grace and Beauty. I have been praying, thinking, and planning (my head hurts!).

As I was thinking about the future I couldn’t help but look back at some blog posts from this past year.

Here are some of my favorites~~

Traci and I has so much fun with this!

  • March we found out that our daughter, Courtney was having a boy!!
  • June was a huge month for our family because of this!
  • September was amazing because we welcomed Colt Allen Rogers into this world. He’s a blessing!

Thank you all so much for taking the time out of your busy lives and stopping by. You are a blessing to me!

Happy New Year to each of you and May God bless you abundantly in 2012!

Three Tips to Organize your Quiet Time with God

Welcome to Organizing your Heart and Home 2011!

Each Monday in January we’re Organizing something in theHeart and the in the Home.

Today my sister, Traci at Beneath my Heart will be organizing her craft closet so make sure you hop over and check it out!

I’m Organizing your Heart and today we’re going to work on our Quiet Time.

As I thought about this post my heart has been heavy as I listened to the news coverage on the shootings in Arizona.

I have been praying for the families that have been affected and I’m reminded how quickly………..

Life can change……

and we need to be prepared.

Having a consistent Quiet Time can make a difference in how we handle this journey we’re on.

What can we do to make sure we spend time in God’s word every day?

Colossians 3:22 reminds us, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Here are three tips to help Organize your Quiet Time and set your mind on things above:

1. Pick a Time and Place to study His Word.

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I like to do my quiet time first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up. Pick a time that works best for you and then stick with it.

As I make my coffee (a must for me, the Lord doesn’t even want to talk to me before I’ve had my coffee!) I’m reminded that the Lord is inviting me to spend time with Him.

So before I do anything I head to my dining room. I like a bright room and my dining room has a large window (although right now it’s still dark outside. Come on Summer!)

I also have plenty of room to spread my stuff out. Find a place that you can get comfortable and meet with Him there every day.

2. Use the Right Resources.

1.The Bible-this is a given. I use the New International Version most of the time but you find the version that works best for you.

2. A Journal-Keep a journal of what you’re learning as you read the scripture. I also journal my prayer requests but we’ll talk more about that next week.

3. A Reading Plan-There are many resources to help you read through the Bible. The main thing is have a plan. This year I’m going to read through the New Testament. I also have a devotional book I use everyday……….Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

4. A Calendar-I recently read this and thought it was a great idea! As you’re spending time reading scripture you’re going to think of something you need to do that day such as, pick up the laundry, go to the grocery etc. Don’t let it be a distraction! Write it down and then go right back to your quiet time. If you don’t have a calendar just write it on a piece of paper.

3. Keep it Simple.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Study, Journal and Pray. This is not a to-do list to be checked off. This is a special time to grow in your relationship with Christ. Enjoy it!!


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