Checking In

February 18, 2014

in the generous life

How are y’all doing on your yearly goals/words/baby steps?

Remember, if you’ve fallen off the wagon, no biggie. Just get up and think it through a bit. Is your goal still do-able? Did life momentarily blow you off course or is your goal too big and overwhelming (break it into smaller steps)? Do you need better reminders? Do you need to organize a spot in your house to make your goal easier to do? Do you need an accountability partner?

I’m working on being clearer about what I want and need (a communication skill).  I think I’m doing pretty well with that. The funny thing is in working through how to communicate needs I find that some of my “needs” are fillers for what I really want. (I’m moving from communication skills to heart awareness.) Should be interesting.

My word this year is “gracious.” Mostly I have slowed down and prayed quite a bit. I’m slower to speak, slower to react. I’m trying to give people (especially my man) room to be the mix of good, bad and other that we all are. Perfectionism is in a coma (and will hopefully never recover). It’s an ongoing effort to understand the grace and love I have received, that I need to turn around and heap on everyone else.

I still have sticky notes on my computer and I do see them most days. So far that is keeping me on task.

We have to take baby steps, starting with an increasing awareness of our habits and a willingness to chip away at the ones that aren’t doing us any good.  Mary DeTurris Poust


Happy Home Fairy: Wisdom From A Snowman “Some people are worth melting for.”


Lysa TerKeurst: Learn To Love Your Story – #BEaNOTICER Notice the rich evidence of life in messes and mishaps.


For Better – Or What?: The “Isn’t My Spouse Awful?” Game Dealing with our different beliefs with graciousness.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Happy Home Fairy February 18, 2014 at 4:29 am

Thanks for sharing my snowman post. :-)


Lori - The Generous Wife February 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

I have not seen Frozen yet. I will have to borrow my friend’s kids and have a movie day.


Bonny February 18, 2014 at 6:13 am

I love that you have put perfectionism in a coma! I realize I put judgementalism in a coma and have to keep injecting that medicine that keeps it there. Most important is your encouragement to keep picking ourselves up. I fell down a little this weekend, but am getting back up and trying to look forward, not behind. Thx for your continued uplifting words. Grace and peace to you, Lori.


Lori - The Generous Wife February 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

I have to keep telling myself that falling down is a part of the learning process. We don’t usually get things right the first time around (or the second or third). If we let falling down get us down then we lose out.


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