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Happy New Year 2018

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What did your family do for New Year’s Eve 2017? We attended a festive party consisting of three home churches in the area who gathered together.

There was a DJ playing music, Just Dance video game for folks to play and a cameraman to taking pictures of guests with silly hats as shown above with my daughter Alicia (13) and son Austin (15).

The pastors purchased pizza and everyone brought delicious side dishes. I love potlucks, because you get to sample a variety of recipes.

After eating and talking,  we moved to the sanctuary for worship and then prayed for one another. It was night of good food, fun and fellowship.

When we returned home, we watched the ball drop in New York Times Square. It is always a surreal moment to me to say good-bye to one year and usher in another.

My prayer for my family and yours is that in 2018 we would witness God’s goodness in a new and fresh way just like Isaiah prophesied over Israel in 43:19.

See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up;

do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the

wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

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Blessings, Rebecca

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2018? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Please share with us.

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Bickering

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Bickering – to argue about petty or trivial matters. Have you ever bickered with your spouse or children? I have. In fact, our family pestered once another, sadly, just a few days before Valentine’s Day! And, to be honest, I can’t even remember about what.

Afterwards, I ran errands, and remembered my husband wanted to watch War Room. So, I picked up the DVD at our local Redbox. That night, we watched it together not knowing the content of the movie. The title to me suggested a military movie. However, the content is very different. Without giving away too much, it’s about a family that’s divided. Ouch!

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War Room

From my experience the root of arguing is twofold; Either one person wants what the other has such as children fighting over a toy. Or one person believe he/she is right and the other person is wrong such as he says it’s blue and she says it’s pink. The root is self. The Bible puts it this way. “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” – Provers 13:10 We observe this phenomenon with toddlers when they snatch toys from others saying, “Mine,” and a parent or a teacher gently remind him/her to share their toys.

Here are three tips I’ve learned how to end bickering.

Separate As a Pre-School Teacher, one of the quickest ways to end an arugment is to separate them. This technique allows the boys and girls to cool off, gather themselves and find something or someone else to play with so that both are content. After a few minutes, allow them to come back together to talk about it. I’ve found this to work in my home too with my own son and daughter.

Communication After the cooling period, we regather to clarify and discuss the issue. This ensures we’re on the same page. Sometimes, we come to a simple solution and other times we agree to disagree; respecting each other’s opinions.

Pray We pray to God asking Him to change our hearts so we can end the quarrel. After our recent dispute, all four of us asked God to help us in the area of eliminating strife so that peace is restored. In all honesty, I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of times we get agitated. Thank you Lord!

I believe we will encounter conflict in our lives, because we are all different people with differing backgrounds, beliefs, and needs. However, we can work together to resolve family tension and remain unified.

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How does your family resolve differences? I’d love to hear! Please share your comments below.

 

A New Year

Staircase at Manresa Beach, California

Staircase at Manresa Beach, California

It’s a New Year! May it be a happy one! It’s a time of reflection of 2015 and to plan for 2016.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions; never have. Is that weird? Altough, this year, I’ve decided to give it a try. I am resolved to explore and play more with my family.

During our holiday break, we took the kids to visit some local attractions for which I’ve shared some photos today. For instance, the staircase at Manresa Beach (above) is only 30 minutes from our home, but I haven’t walked them since I was a little girl. It was fun to visit with my now thirteen-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter, and share some of my childhood experiences with them.

Just a few miles down the road, the topography changes rocky cliffs to sandy dunes at Sunset Beach (below) where we walked one mile + to gather sand dollars and seashells. Simple pleasures!

Walkway at Sunset Beach, California

Walkway at Sunset Beach, California

The stairs are a visual reminder that life is like a path; sometimes steep, sometimes leading upwards and sometimes down. Although, we don’t always see where it may lead, our walk is filled with adventures along the way.

Through it all, the journey is worth every step when you get a glimpse of God’s gifts in your life such as the approaching sunset (below).

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I love the Bible verse in Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

My hope is that our family’s exploration and yours this year will create lasting memories…

Blessings, Rebecca

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to share with us? If so, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to comment below.