12.31.2012

what will you do today that will make you proud in a year?

happy new years eve everybody!
i feel like a broken record, but seriously… HOW can we be here again already?! today is definitely a day to celebrate around here! it marks NINE WHOLE YEARS of kissing the love of my life! yep, that’s right! nine years ago tonight, two young teens locked lips in a new years smooch that led us all the way to where we are now! it’s been the best road :) wouldn’t trade even a part of it. AND it is the last new years for a while that i will kiss ONLY one stud at midnight! next year, i have a feeling husband and i will both be adding a second smooch to our night… on one tiny little pair of smackers :)
 
anyways! i hope you all have a WONDERFUL night tonight! be safe & celebrate life!
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I read something this morning that felt perfect for today and wanted to share it with you! It’s from “Grace for the Moment” by Max Lucado. enjoy! && happy new years eve! talk to you in 2013!
 
“each day…
it’s quiet. it’s early. my coffee is hot. the sky is still black. the world is still asleep. the day is coming. in a few moments the day will arrive. it will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. the stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. the calm solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. the refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made & deadlines to be met.
for the next twelve hours i will be exposed to the day’s demands. it is now that i must make a choice. because of calvary, i’m free to choose. and so i choose.
 
i choose love…
no occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. i choose love. today i will love God and what God loves.
 
i choose joy…
i will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. i will refuse the temptations to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. i will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. i will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
 
i choose peace…
i will live forgiven. i will forgive so that i may live.
 
i choose patience…
i will overlook the inconveniences of the world. instead of cursing the one who takes my place, i’ll invite him to do so. rather than complain that the wait is too long, i will thank God for a moment to pray. instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, i will face them with joy and courage.
 
i choose kindness…
i will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. kind to the rich, for they are afraid. and kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
 
i choose goodness…
i will go without a dollar before i take a dishonest one. i will be overlooked before i will boast. i will confess before i will accuse. i choose goodness.
 
i choose faithfulness…
today i will keep my promises. my debtors will not regret their trust. my associates will not question my word. my husband(wife) will not question my love. and my children will never fear that their mother(father) will not come home.
 
i choose gentleness…
nothing is won by force. i choose to be gentle. if i raise my voice may it only be in praise. if i clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. if i make a demand, may it only be of myself.
 
i choose self-control…
i am a spiritual being… after this body is dead, my spirit will soar. i refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. i choose self-control. i will be drunk only by joy. i will be impassioned only by my faith. i will be influenced only by God. i will be taught only by Christ. i choose self-control.
 
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. to these i commit my day. if i succeed, i will give thanks. if i fail, i will seek his grace. and then, when the day is done, i will place my head on my pillow and rest.”

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