Sunday, January 27, 2013

Inspired by Caregivers

Today, we are INSPIRED to honor and pray for those who are caregivers.  Technically speaking, a caregiver is a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.  It can also be an adult who cares for an infant or child.  Are you a caregiver?

If you are, today we want to encourage you to stay strong and healthy.  Here are a few lessons we've learned from you:

  1. You love unconditionally
  2. You endure countless hours of sitting in waiting rooms
  3. You unselfishly give of yourself
  4. You put the needs of others before your own 
  5. You understand a simple truth: We can't live life alone!

There are so many times we forget that their are times when we must depend on someone else.  Think about those you might know who's caring for a young baby, an elderly parent or someone who is physically or mentally disabled.  God sees every effort you are putting forth.  Others might not stop to say it, but we pause today to say THANK YOU!

There was a leader in the synagogue (Jairus), that was caring for his young daughter.  His life was full of activity as a working father, but he knew his daughter was near death.  He came to Jesus in desperation and asked Him to put his hands on the little girl so she could live.  Time passed and Jairus received news that his daughter indeed had died.  Jesus ignored the people's comments and simply spoke to the father, "Don't be afraid.  Just trust me."

That is the answer:  Don't be fearful or worry.  God is with you and He won't abandon you!

I pray this simple truth encourages you as you press forward today. May He give you renewed strength to handle the mighty tasks in front of you.  Don't be afraid.  Just trust Him! (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inauguration 2013

Roslyn at the Inauguration in 2009
It was exactly four years ago today I had the privilege of being in Washington, DC for the inauguration of our 44th President-Barack Obama.  My husband bought me the airline flight as a surprise Christmas gift.  

Witnessing the first bi-racial person sworn in as president was overwhelming and humbling.  I knew on that day I represented my living and deceased family members.  I stood on the shoulders of my ancestors who died believing one day we could all be equal in the United States of America.  It was a historic moment for our country.

The energy in the city was electric.  There was a unity within our country that was rare but welcomed.  I would sit on the train and enthusiastic riders of all races and colors would break out in song.  Before long the entire train joined in singing.  Most of the time the song was an old negro spiritual like, "We have overcome."  I listened at the Kennedy Center while Aretha Franklin performed, "We've come this far by faith."  This was an out of body experience.  I stood where hundreds listened to Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous, "I have a dream speech."

Four year later and we are again watching President Barack Obama sworn into office.  This is the 57th Inauguration Ceremony. He was officially sworn in on Sunday.  That private ceremony took place in the Blue Room of the White House.  Surprisingly, it only took 30 seconds to repeat the oath.  Imagine the many weeks, days and years of drag out political campaigning, and nasty debates.  The oath was short, but filled with powerful words spoken in front of close family members and friends.


Three simple words were used:  Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America

We enter this second term hopeful that our country will continue to stabilize and grow.  

Will he live up to the challenge of that oath? No one really has that answer.  

As with all of us, mistakes will be made but through them you learn to be a better person, a better country.  No matter who our candidate might have been, our President is now elected, officially sworn in and we move forward with great anticipation.

P.S.  As a fashion diva, I can't wait to see the dress that Michelle Obama will wear to the Inaugural Ball.  What designer do you think she will choose?


Happy Inauguration and MLK Day! (Posted by Roslyn)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Word for 2013

It's hard to believe that we are eleven days into 2013.  Just a few short days ago, resolutions were made and possibly by now they are already broken.  I've never liked resolutions because in my life, they have a short shelf life.  I find it easier to commit to one word.  There's an entire community of individuals dedicating themselves to just one word of change.  Here are some thoughts to consider from the One Word website (Oneword365.com).

One word.

Because that’s easy to remember all 365 days of the year.
Not as easy is the choice to live it out. To let it shape your year. To allow it to shape you. But if you’ll let it, your One Word will become the filter through which you see and live your life. It will steer your decisions and guide your steps.


What do you want to focus on in 2013?


It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, or a character trait. Your word will be a reminder, a nudge. Something you can reflect on, that will challenge you, that will inspire you.
Your word can be anything you want it to be. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you.


This is your word. It needs to resonate with your heart, no one else’s.


Maybe a word popped right into your head. Maybe you need to let the idea percolate a bit longer. Either way, more often than not, your word finds you.
You’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with it. That’s okay. If it doesn’t scare you at least a little, it’s probably not the right word.
So…

Here's my one word.....opportunity!

I will seize every opportunity God places in my path.  They are out there waiting for me and at the appointed time, I will run with them.  God has an awesome plan for my life and I plan to move forward by trusting Him and staying in tune with His desire for me!

What do you want to focus on in 2013?


Commit to your one word, and let’s walk this road together. (Posted by Renee)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

First Friday!

Happy New Year!

If you are reading this, that means you've made it to the first Friday of 2013.  

Congratulations!

A new year promises a fresh start, new ideas and tons of resolutions.  What do you want to accomplish this year?  Does your list look something like this:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get out of debt
  3. Stick to a financial budget
  4. Spend more time with my family/friends
  5. Take a vacation
  6. Exercise 3-5 days a week
  7. Find a spouse
  8. Buy a home/car
  9. Save money
  10. Eat more fruits and veggies
You might have already fallen off the "resolution" wagon.  We are only four days into the new year and our great resolutions can seem like nothing more than a distant thought.  Make 2013 the year you set goals and achieve them.  

We believe in you!

Leave us a comment and let us know your Top Resolutions for 2013! (Posted by Roslyn)