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One of my mother-helpers always turns on KLOVE on iTunes when she’s over here helping me with the girls. I like KLOVE, I used to listen to it when I taught my Red Cross classes in the evenings and on weekends when I was driving all over town (literally!), but hadn’t listened to it much since then because it doesn’t come in well in the car near where I live.

Today I heard a promo for this “Living Proof” contest of sorts, and it sounded fun…the prize is to go with 3 of your friends to a Beth Moore conference in Lubbock, TX. I don’t know that I’ve studied anything Beth Moore has written, but a number of the ladies in my bible study have and speak highly of her. And I’ve never been to Lubbock…can’t say that it’s at the top of my list because I get to travel so little these days outside the upper Midwest, but I’m always up for visiting new places!

I looked at the entries so far, and I was like, there’s no way I could win, some of the people have survived abuse, addiction, a TORNADO, etc., etc. But I had already realized the impact this “contest” had on my life, because it’s getting me back to this project after a nearly 4 month hiatus. And I was thinking this evening about what my next 2 items on my list here would be and I came up with them pretty quickly, things that aren’t on the running list I have on paper, so that’s huge progress as well!

Answering the statement “I’m living proof of God’s love because…” also reaffirmed my life and it’s purpose, which I always appreciate because I’m good at forgetting or minimizing it. I’ll share how I finished that statement in a bit, but it’s something I’ve already shared on this blog, as well. It’s also amazing to read how people completed that sentence–very inspiring to get a little snapshot of God’s work in people’s lives.

Oh, and I read the fine print and discovered that they pick the winner by drawing out of all entries received, so I think it’s safe to say that God will have a hand in this and whomever wins needs it the most–and no matter the outcome, I realized, as I stated above, that this has gotten me “back in the saddle again” here so to speak, and that’s really great.

I need to take care of myself by getting to bed at a decent hour tonight, but you’ll hear more from me soon.

PS Every time I hear or think of the phrase, “Back in the Saddle Again” I’m reminded of where I first really heard that song/phrase–in the soundtrack for the movie Sleepless in Seattle…anyone remember that?

PPS  Here’s my full answer, and tired, sun-worn, makeup gone, hair not styled, me :-):

My answer to the question "I am Living Proof of God's Love because..."

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Posted on Craig Bode’s Facebook page:

Don’t be bashful, apologetic or stingy with the skills and abilities that God has given you. They are gifts God has given you to display His glory as you boldly employ them to express to the world who God made you to be. Jesus tells us to do exactly that: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 — NIV)

It is when we fully exercise and engage our skills and abilities that others receive value from us and our lives have a lasting and eternal impact.

Posted on Beachbody Coach Heather’s Facebook page:

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

-Earl Nightingale

In response to the question of making goals or resolutions, Ramona Leonard Surprenant wrote on Pocket Your Dollar’s Facebook page:

“The best idea I EVER heard was to reflect on all your good attributes and vow to continue them for another year.”

And a paraphrase of what Daniel Nickel said on Tom Venuto’s facebook page about making the future better than the past:

“Always make your present greater than your past.  It’s what we do now that makes a difference.  The NOW is our responsibility, the future is our result.”

Love those both!