Mar 25

Cherishing The Ways Of Our Past

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

Life changes over time and many good things are added to our lives. Like the convenience of placing orders and having them delivered to your doorstep. It is easy, at times, to go with the flow and do what everyone else is doing around us, but there are other times when the good old ways of living life are the BEST.

What are some good old ways of living that come to your mind when you think of life in the past? My years as a child seemed simple, not fancy, but great. Even though there are many great things about life today, there are many things I do not want to lose from my past. Here are just a few.

Eating dinner around the table as a family was the norm. I know as my siblings and I grew up and got our first jobs, the number of people around the dinner table started to dwindle, but as kids, eating dinner together was what we did. It gave us a chance to eat a good hearty meal lovingly prepared by my mom who stayed at home/worked from home. It gave us a chance to see each other one time a day, since work and school scattered us during the day and chores and other activities kept us busy after dinner. Dinner together gave us all a chance to catch up with each other. I don’t remember any real deep conversations, but I do remember times when we laughed so hard that me and my sister would have to leave the room so our drink would not squirt out of our noses. Today, It’s only John and I, but eating dinner around our kitchen table on most nights is a BEST thing in my life.

Going for a walk (thankfully not 5 miles to school, uphill both ways). When my Grandparents were alive, they would have probably laughed if they read this blog about going for a walk. My grandparents lived and worked on a farm. They walked and moved as a normal part of their day. They did not need to add exercise into their routine for good health. I do remember as a child, and especially as a teen, getting out and walking around our small town with a friend or just by myself. I also have fond memories of me and my dad power walking home from church on Sunday. He always had to time it to see what our pace was. This winter, getting out to walk every day was a difference maker for me, and because of it, I felt great. I knew how to bundle up, depending on the weather, and enjoyed the fresh air and the sunshine on my face. Walking each day brought LIFE to my day. 

Spending time on projects (alone or with others). My mom has her sewing machine set up to this day. Growing up, she always encouraged me to work on projects with her scrap material. One of my most memorable projects was making a Michael Jackson glove (just one of course). We did not go shopping in places where I could buy one, and why buy one if I could make one? If I was not sewing something, I was moving the furniture around in my room, at least once I had a room to myself. Moving the furniture around into new interesting configurations was fun for me. Spending time on projects that I enjoy is still a part of my everyday life. I can’t imagine life without something to work on.

Having family game night, or for us growing up, it was mom and dad playing cards with aunts and uncles while us cousins played outside or in the basement. Fun time together was not something out of the ordinary, it was deeply ingrained in our lives. These days, Covid-19 has put a halt to getting together with others besides our immediate family, but we have found fun ways to enjoy our time together at home. I do have to say that I am excited, with the vaccines and understanding the virus better, about getting out to spend time with other families here very soon. I think we will cherish our time together so much more since we had to do without it for so long.

What memories of your past have been stirred up as you read this post? How did they positively impact your life? Are they things you can make sure you hold on to in today’s world? I hope so!

Here’s to living in this great day and time, while holding on to the great things from our past!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: God loves us so much. I have learned over the last year especially that just because He loves me does not mean I get what I want. I am far away from understanding God’s ways, but I keep learning. Even when times are tough, I am learning that God is with me through it all, that He has a plan for my growth and that His love never fails. The same is for you too. Even if you don’t believe in Him today, He still loves you and wants you to turn away from your past beliefs and turn towards Him. Turn to Him and ask for Him to move in your life and He will. He did when I did not believe.

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Mar 12

Does Something Deserve More Attention?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

There are so many great things that deserve our focus. Our loved ones, our health, growing and learning, our finances, etc. There are also a number of “good” things that need our attention, as well. Many times the “good” things get more attention than the GREAT things because the great things take effort and devotion. Spending time on the GREAT things gives us long term results and not always a short term boost of happiness. Do you want the BEST things to get your focus today? Let’s look at one way we can do that.

Intentionality

The GREAT and BEST things in life don’t just happen.

  • Our muscles don’t stay strong when we don’t do something...move and exercise.
  • Our relationships don’t thrive when we don’t do something...take an interest in others.
  • Our finances don’t grow when we don’t do something... save and invest.

These are just a few examples from our everyday life. There is nothing here we do not already know. Why is it that these, and other important areas of our lives, fall to the wayside so easily?

First, I think it feels good to be busy. When we are busy in life, we feel like we are contributing, we feel like we are accomplishing, and we feel like we are needed. The good feeling we get from being busy encourages us to say “yes” to a lot of things and our calendars fill up with a lot of “good” things.

Second, being intentional in the BEST and GREAT areas of our lives requires time to think, time to plan, time to invest and don’t always give us instant gratification. 

When we look at these two things together, we see that our calendars fill up with “good” things. We find that we no longer have time to think about the most important areas of our lives. We don’t have time to create a plan to improve the GREAT areas of our lives. We don’t have time to be intentional and therefore the most important areas in life do not get the investment needed to keep them in a thriving state.

Small Steps To Start On Today:

Do you have any areas in your life today that need your investment to move towards a healthier place? What is that area for you today?

Do you have time to invest in that area of your life? Time to think, plan and execute?  

If you do not feel like you do, can you identify another area in your life that is less vital and cut back the time you spend on it? What is the area you can cut back on and how do you plan on doing that?

Being intentional means being deliberate. Being deliberate requires time to think. When can you take time to think and be deliberate to move forward on the area you have identified?

Being deliberate requires a plan. If you let the flow of life direct your day, you will not end up where you want to be. When can you take time to create a plan to move forward?

Being deliberate requires action! What reminders can you set up to make sure you stay focused and not pulled off course? Write out your plan on your calendar so that it gets your priority. When other things come up, you can see that your time is already scheduled for your BEST and GREAT area. How do you plan to make things happen?

If any of this makes you feel overwhelmed or stressed, step back and take one step at a time. But be sure to keep your BEST/GREAT desire at the forefront so that you continue to move in the right direction. We have so many things in our lives that can pull us off course.

Don’t wait for perfection, otherwise you will be waiting a long time, if not forever. There is an individual I know who has wanted to accomplish one big project for years now. They have it set in their mind that it must be done one perfect way...but they never have the time and energy to make that perfect way happen. I am learning that we have to be open to new and less perfect ways of doing things in life in order to move forward. Perfection can be a barrier.

I believe with everything in me that we want the BEST areas of our lives to be GREAT! Let’s work today on adding some intentionality into our lives and see those BEST areas move forward in the way we want them to.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: Growing my relationship with God is one of my BEST areas in life. I take time to think about it often. I have a plan that I work to implement every day, and I make changes as I feel God directing me. I am far from perfect, but thankfully, God does not require perfection or we would all be in trouble. He just wants a relationship. That, I can do!

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Mar 04

Where do we go from here?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Compared to a year ago, our daily routines have changed quite a bit. Our running around, out and about, has surely been impacted and our time at home looks a lot different. We tend to think about the negative changes, but our lives have been altered for the better in many ways, too. Our time at home has allowed for focus on our families. But just as quickly as life has changed in the past, our focus can change as well. What do we need to do to keep our focus where we want it to be?

To stay focused on what is most important to us...

Those areas will require our effort. Think of the times when you completely zone out. You gaze off into some far off place and your mind and body shuts down for a few seconds. Zoning out does not require any effort. Pulling yourselves back to life and whatever needs your attention, requires effort. It may require pulling ourselves off the couch to exercise or putting down our phone to listen to the details of your child’s day. The effort will feel hard at times, but it is worth every ounce of it. What area of your life could use some extra effort today?

Those areas must get our time. It is almost impossible to think about other people, plan out how we can help them and implement that plan if we do not have time set aside to do so. The time I am referring to is often called “margin”. Think of your life as a sheet of paper with everything that you are involved in listed on that sheet of paper. The margin is the “white space” that is left over. If we do not have any “white space” left on our paper and in our lives, there will be little to no time left to focus. You may be running around getting a lot done, but are you getting the BEST things done? You know the feeling. When we run around crazy busy, we feel as though it is hard to focus on anything well. As life transitions once again, with the administration of vaccines, we will have choices to make with regards to our time. How will you choose to spend your time?

We must be intentional. There are more and more distractions trying to lure us in every moment of every day. Intentionality requires thinking, planning and implementing. The good things in life just don’t happen on their own. We have to be intentional about removing distractions and intentional about making great things happen in the areas that are most important to us. What area of your life could use more intentionality today?

We must be willing to say “no” to the other stuff. We have more opportunities than ever before and many of them are really good opportunities. But remember, whenever we say “yes” to one thing, we in turn say “no” to something else. We only have so much time in the day. When I say “yes” to my game on my iPad (which is not bad in and of itself), I am saying “no” to conversation with my husband, John. What do you need to say “yes” to today? Does that mean you have to say “no” to something else less vital?

When our life is threatened, it seems to give us a fresh perspective… a clearer focus. We have all had to face a life threatening pandemic this past year. John almost lost his life when a blood clot formed in his heart and caused a heart attack. I can also list four people within John and my immediate circle of family and friends who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past year. It is during these times when all of the “other stuff” of life does not seem to matter as much and the most important things come into focus.

Life is starting to transition back to what we used to define as normal. I want to ask you, what do you want your “normal” to be as you move forward? What good things came out of spending more time at home? What do you want to stay focused on? What do you need to do today to ensure it happens?

Whatever you decide, it is within your control to make it happen! I think our future looks brighter than ever!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have been challenged this past year to focus more on God and His plan and focus less on me and my plan. This has required saying “yes” in the areas that God is leading me and “no” to everything I want right now. It has required my time, effort and intentionality, and it has been worth it. I have experienced God’s love like no other time in my life and have learned a great deal. God loves us and loves our families. He wants us to love Him first and then to love those around us. He has given us the responsibility to love and care for our spouse and children first and foremost. Life is not always easy, but we are loved and things are never out of God’s control. 

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Oct 22

Five Things To Help You Through The Months Ahead

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

We are used to making adjustments, we do it everyday within the ebb and flow of life. Making quick adjustments is our specialty, but changing our lives for weeks, months or even a few years is not quite as easy. That is what the Covid-19 pandemic is requiring of us. What then can we do to reduce our pandemic fatigue?

I am a simple chick with simple ideas, but they are practical. I want you to walk away from each blog post with simple action steps you can take to live your BEST life, and today is no exception. If you are struggling with depression from isolation from loved ones, you may need a little bit more than my simple suggestions to get you through. Please seek professional help if you need someone to work with you through this challenging time.

I have good and bad days as we move through this pandemic, and it does feel like little frustrations can escalate into big ones easier these days. The reality is, this pandemic is taking up real estate in our minds and our emotions.

Because I am obsessed with feeling my BEST, I ask myself “what can I do to reduce pandemic fatigue and focus on other, beneficial things?” Here is what I am trying:

  • I’m trying to focus on what I have and not on what I don’t. There are a number of things that usually have my excitement and attention that are out of the question right now. When those things come to my mind, I don’t ignore them, I simply remind myself “not now”. Then I bring my mind back to all that I am able to focus on today, which is quite a bit. I focus on being grateful for what I do have and what I can do. All of this applies to your kids, too. Coach and help them to focus on the good that is right in front of them, even if it is different right now.

  • I keep a routine in my day, even when I don’t feel like it. This time in our lives is going to make us stronger. We are having to persevere in ways we are not used to. But persevere is exactly what we are doing. Whatever you have determined to be most important to you, keep it as most important. Keep exercising, continue having quality time with those you love, always take care of yourself. Let’s keep going even when we don’t feel like it.

  • I have planned ahead with hobbies and projects. Winter is very different from Spring, Summer and Fall. We have more time inside and less daylight. Plan now for the days, weeks and months ahead. I have planned different options to keep variety in my life. I have books to read, and supplies for different types of hobbies. If I get tired of one, I have something to fall back on. Plan now.

  • I have to be okay with having a frumpy day every once in a while, that is life, pandemic or not. I have a dear friend who reminds me that it is okay to feel those feelings. Feel them and move on with my day. That is what I try to do. When I have my routine, like I mentioned previously, I move on with what is next. Some days I feel rotten the whole day, other days I start to feel better as I keep going. Either way, it is okay to have a rough day here and there.

  • Accept that our lives are going to be altered well into 2021, if not most of it. I do not tend to focus on worst case scenarios, and I am not going to do it here either, but continuing to think that life is going to get back to “normal” any time soon is setting ourselves up for disappointment. Let's work to accept this time for what it is and make the best of it. It is a process, but one worth pursuing.

2020 has not gone as we imagined it would, but life's still good. Let’s focus on the good and continue to persevere, one day at a time.

Daily Walk With Jesus: I am working through a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers called My Utmost For His Highest. One of the themes of the devotional is that we live most of our lives living in the valley, plugging away at our everyday lives. He reminds me that the exciting  “mountain top” experiences we have in life are rare. This is not what is emphasized in our world today. We are told everyday we deserve to have mountain top experiences. God is showing me that He wants me to focus on and enjoy the simple tasks of life. It is in the simplicity and quiet that I find Him and learn what He wants me to learn.

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Oct 08

Here’s Something To Help You Focus

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

The idea of FOCUS has been on our minds lately. Sometimes it is hard to focus in a world that seems chaotic. But focus is possible. What has gotten your focus today? Do you feel something else should have your focus? There are many wonderful and beautiful things in life to focus on, let’s pursue them today.

I love the picture above. It’s a picture of a woman giving all of her focus to one young life. She is encouraging him and probably even instructing him as he embarks on this new adventure. She is holding tight to protect him, but allowing him to find balance himself. They are taking their time and not rushing. He has her undivided attention...focus. 

It reminded me to ask myself, do the people in my life have my attention? Do they ever get my undivided attention and focus? 

I know the other day I asked my husband a question as I was sorting the mail. I realized when I was done, that I had not listened to his answer. My attention was divided. It would have been easy for me to wait a few more minutes to look through the mail. I did not need to rush, but I did. John did not get my full attention.

Slowing down is a big part of focus and slowing down is a mindset we have to consistently work on. When life is slower, each item that presents itself is more likely to get attention. In contrast, when we feel rushed, we feel we have to multi-task, and nothing gets the time it deserves. If you are like me, I forget something important, like brushing my hair, when I am rushed and trying to do many things at once.

I also find myself in the mode of rushing from the moment I get up in the morning. Just today I had to tell myself that I did not have to rush. Rushing has become a default setting for me. One that I need to reset regularly in order to give each task and person in my life the attention and focus I want to give them.

If you are struggling with focus in your day today, ask yourself if you feel rushed. If you do, try to slow your mind and your actions down and see if that helps you focus more clearly. The people in our lives notice when they have our full attention. They deserve the BEST and so do you.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: It is no surprise that God is challenging me to keep life simple, to stay focused on what is right in front of me. There is a season for planning and preparing, but that is not the season I am in right now. I am in the season of giving my full attention to what is right in front of me. I wonder if this is how God wants me to live from here on out? Not worrying about the future (even though I can plan a fun vacation), but staying focused on Him today.


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Sep 24

Words Of Wisdom For Uncertain Times

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

After lunch each day, I listen to an audio version of the Bible. This past Monday, a few verses from Proverbs jumped out at me. I have been struggling with what to focus on this fall, as the uncertainty of our world continues. I hope they are an encouragement to you too.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; 

fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet

And be steadfast in all your ways,

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

Keep your feet from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 New International Version

I don’t know about you, but I have found it very easy to get distracted with things that are not all that important. I think that is why I perked up when I heard the first sentence “Let your eyes look straight ahead;” That idea brought a sense of calm to me. It was a reminder that I don’t have to have my head on a swivel, in fact, looking straight ahead is good and feels right. As I sat out on my deck listening, I literally looked straight out in front of me.

As I heard the next verse “fix your gaze directly before you” I did exactly that. I tilted my head down and looked five or so feet in front of me. It reminded me that even though I want to make plans for the future, it is good sometimes to give full attention to what or who is right in front of me.

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet” because distraction will come and try to move our focus elsewhere. It does take careful thought to stay on track...on the right path.

“And be steadfast in all your ways.” I looked up the word steadfast and it said unwavering. I don’t know about you, but I can tend to waver depending on my mood for a particular day. 

“Do not turn to the right or the left.” We are to stay focused regardless of how we feel and what comes our way.

“Keep your feet from evil.” Stay focused on what is good and right.

After I finished listening for the day, I walked back to my office to get back to work. I sat down with my calendar and asked myself what I should stay focused on. What is right in front of me that should get my attention? In the process, I planned out my next few weeks with purpose and pushed all the other “stuff” out of my mind and off my calendar. It felt really good to bring that focus to my day and life.

What is straight in front of you that should get your focus? What can you do to stay on that path and not get distracted? What is the right and best thing for you and your family right now?

Spending time thinking about these questions will bring focus in the midst of much uncertainty. 

My daily walk with Jesus: I need continual reminders throughout my day to focus on God and His ways. I just recently read a book about the monastic way of life and those that follow it fill their day with scripture, prayer and singing the Psalms. They live a beautiful, focused and simple life. Following their example I start my day by listening to a few God focused songs as I eat my breakfast. I pray the Lord’s prayer as I walk and pray for family and friends. After my walk I take a short time to read the Bible and a daily devotion. I just recently started listening to the audio Bible for fifteen minutes after lunch, and I end my day thanking God for my day. I tell you this because I used to think it was not possible to focus this much on God during my day, but it is. It is good and it is right.

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Sep 10

It’s Time To Get Disciplined

By Jen Regan | Can Do Attitiude

How are you doing? Schools have been back in session for a week or so. Are you starting to find a routine in your day and in your life? Routine has always been the nice thing about the back-to-school season, and this year it feels even more important. With our new set of challenges, our daily routine is going to require a little bit more...discipline.

I have had conversations with a number of women over the past few weeks who are struggling with motivation and direction. I have definitely felt the same way at times over the past few months. One thing I have learned for myself, is sometimes I have to stop feeling sorry for myself and get going. Here are some techniques that have helped me.

When I wake up in the morning, I have to push the lazy, negative thoughts out of my mind and remind myself that I am strong, I feel just fine, and I am ready for a great day. Because I am tired, I have to remind myself of this over and over again, usually for the first hour of my day, but then I am off and running. Discipline your mind. Recognize the negative thoughts that are not going to improve your day, and replace them with good thoughts that encourage and motivate you.

I am almost exclusively at home right now. Because of this, I have found a schedule that works and I stick with it every single day, no questions asked. There are days I don’t feel like doing something, but I stick with it. My day includes meal times, walking with John, time with God, house work as well as writing, afternoon exercise to wake myself up and relieve some stress, meal/food preparation, time with John, talking to my family and free time in the evenings. I wash my dishes after each meal, even when I don’t feel like it. I walk every morning, with John, rain or shine. I sit down and write even when I don’t feel like I have anything to say. Having a schedule and sticking with it, no matter how you feel, will allow you to go to bed each night feeling good about your day. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?

I fill my day with the right things, the things that are most important to me. The list above are all of my most important things. My health, my relationship with John and God, my work at home, encouraging others, and staying in touch with those I care about. Filling your day with the right things...feels right.

It is time to get disciplined. Stop moping around and get focused. You can do it, I know you can. Try out a few of these techniques this week, one baby step at a time, and feel good about each day. You are already doing amazing things, let’s focus on the good and say goodbye to all of the negativity.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have no doubt that God has helped me form my daily schedule. As I have spent time with Him each day, He directs my path. I have added one thing on at a time and my day is now suited specifically for me. Your perfect schedule will look very different from mine, but if you ask God to show you what is best, I am confident He will guide your path, too.

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Aug 27

When Life Is Not Easy…Be Kind To Yourself

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple , Perseverance

Life is not easy right now. The time of the year that is normally filled with excitement, energy and new beginnings is marked with starts, stops, continual changes, and uncertainty. As one facet of life changes, everything has to adjust with it. Just when you feel like you have a plan to move forward, it all changes again. What can you do to take care of yourself through it all?

For many, you are dealing with the beginning of a school year with kids going back to school. For others, you are dealing with health issues, job changes or death in your families. Each one of these life events requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. Yet somehow, we feel like we can pile it on and keep moving through life as normal. I’m like, you, I try. But I soon find myself exhausted, frustrated and emotionally drained.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if you gave yourselves a break during this transition time? 

I like to look at it as going into “maintenance mode”. Instead of pushing things forward, I simply work at maintaining the status quo for a while. You know, it’s okay. 

  • Instead of having the perfect meals for my family, I default to the easier, simpler snack and meals.

  • Instead of my normal exercise routine, I keep moving by taking a walk by myself or with loved ones.

  • Instead of trying to do everything myself, I ask for help with laundry, dishes, picking up the house, taking out the trash.

  • Instead of having a clean house, I have a clean enough house for the time being.

What are you going through right now? What can you do to go into “maintenance mode” for this time of change in your year? Remember, it is just for a short time. It will get you through to the other side and give you the break you need. The alternative is exhaustion, and I don’t want that for you, nor do the people that love you.

You deserve a break, but you are the only one who can give it to yourself. Give yourself the gift of a break today.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have learned that God is all for rest, especially when life gets difficult. Through many of the ups and downs with my health, He is the first to remind me to slow down and be kind to myself. Yes, He does allow difficulties in our lives, but He is also the first to say “be still and know that I AM.” Regardless of what we are going through, He is with us. Let’s lean on Him today.

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Aug 20

This Fall Can Be A Great Season

By Jen Regan | Living Life Together

It’s looking like the uncertainties of life we have persevered through are going to continue for a while longer. What does that look like for you at home this fall? Are there opportunities to take advantage of?

John has always dreamed of buying an RV when we retire and to travel the country full time. I have always been reluctant because John and I have strongly opposing personalities and giving each other room to breath has been beneficial in the past. In the first month of our Covid 19 lockdown, I had a few moments when John’s continuous presence rubbed me a little wrong. But I am happy to report, we are now going on our sixth month of lockdown together and we have both learned to co-exist in the same space pretty well. I can say now, I am looking forward to my fall here at home with John.

Over the past months I have learned some practical things that have improved life together here at home. I hope they can help you, too.

  • First, don’t feel like you have to fill every minute with something both for yourself and for your loved ones. Sitting outside, feeling the wind blow on your face, listening to it rush through the trees and watching the birds whiz by is a great way to spend time. This attitude is an adjustment from the constant “go” and “doing” of our culture. It was hard for me at first too, but now it is a sweet part of each of my days. This also teaches our kids that they don’t have to be entertained  all the time. Down time can be enjoyable and is beneficial.

  • Second, allow each other to have a space they can call their own, even if it is a bean bag chair in the corner of the family room. We all need a space we can enjoy, keep as messy or as clean as we want and a place to be by ourselves when we need it. This includes you as well. You need time away, in your own space, in your own world to do what you want to do. Make sure everyone has a space to call their own.

  • Third, appreciate each person for who they are, for their unique personality, strengths and weaknesses. Each person brings immense value to your family and your home. One may be a quiet methodical thinker, another a bundle of energy ready to run when their feet hit the floor in the morning. Everyone is valuable. Recognizing that and remembering it daily will help everyone live together better and appreciate each other more.

  • Fourth, encourage everyone to work as a team and have each other’s backs. Serving each other is the key here. When one person takes the initiative to serve others, it changes the heart and taking care of each other becomes contagious. What a great atmosphere to promote in your home!

  • Lastly, allow each other to have a few rough days every once in a while. We all have them and we all need them to process the new and unusual life we are asked to live right now. Give each other the freedom to feel down. Love and support each other no matter what the day brings.

A lot is within our control this fall. Let’s take care of ourselves, those we love and enjoy the changes in seasons. Don’t miss out on the beauty that is right in front of you in your families, at home and in the world around you.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: God is personal. He knows me better than I know myself. He loves me and wants me to grow and learn. I look forward to each day, always wondering what He has in store for me that day. Some days are more challenging than others, but God’s comfort is always there and His plan is good. Let's invite Hims to be a part of our school year and fall season.

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Aug 06

An Extra Dose Of Love Is Needed

By Jen Regan | Living Life Together

You have a choice every single day in how you spend your time. Who and what will get your attention? Time is an investment. Who or what will get your investment today?

In many parts of the country, school will be starting back in the next few weeks. Some kids will be staying home and learning remotely while others will be going back into their school buildings. Regardless, kids need an extra dose of love and encouragement this time of year. This school year brings with it additional anxiety of having to wear masks, social distancing or challenges of learning at home. What can you do to calm some of the anxiety for your children right now?

This time of year is an adjustment for parents too, and this year brings with it some added stressors. What can you do to support each other and move through this time in unity?

You want the absolute BEST for your loved ones, but showing your love, in the way they need, does not always happen without effort. Tailoring your love for each member of your family requires thought and intentionality. In the next few days, when can you set aside some time to think about your loved ones, what they need right now and how you can provide that extra dose? Block that time off on your calendar and give your loved ones your BEST!

Let’s have a great back-to-school season in our homes. Loving each other is an investment that will pay off in groves.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: God is our perfect parent. He does not always do what we want, but He moved us forward in the areas that are right. God is also the great Comforter. He provides love, support and comfort when we need it. Today, I am trying to lean in to that love and comfort. Will you lean in closer to God too?

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