Friday, December 31, 2010
December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)
Five years from now...2016...#1 will be 12 and in sixth grade. #2 will be almost 10 and in fourth grade. #3 will be 8 and in second grade. I will be 38 (almost 39-wow that seems old). My main squeeze and I will be married for 16 years. What a crazy thought.
I'm not sure where to begin. When you look at your main squeeze, do you remember all the reasons you fell in love with him? Are you cherishing him and respecting him? Are you making time for each other? Do you still melt when you kiss? If not, figure out why, and fight to get it back.
#1 is halfway through his first year of middle school. Show him love. Slow down and take time with him. Make your home a place where he wants to be and wants to bring his friends. Encourage him to be kind and tenderhearted. As he moves forward from inheriting his faith to owning his faith, help him. Give him spiritual wings.
#2 is probably struggling with wanting to be grown up and wanting to still be a kid. Spend time with her. Help her realize how special she is regardless of what others say or think. Teach her how to be nice and avoid drama. Model to her that she can find her value in her relationship with Jesus.
#3 will be just a year older than #1 is now. Remember how rambunctious and active #1 was at this age, and give him grace and space. Encourage him to be a good friend. Teach him love and respect. Take time to help him as he grows in his walk with Jesus. Let him have fun as you teach him.
As for yourself, do you still dream dreams? Your family has always supported and cheered you on. If there's something you want to accomplish, think it through, talk to your main squeeze about it, and go for it. You mean a lot to a lot of people. Show them love and live the best you can, giving God the glory for what he does through you.
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