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2014 Goals — Someday Is Today

Annual Goals…..where to start?  As I began to think about 2014, resolutions never entered my mind.  It wasn’t about resolving anything, or solving anything, or being determined or deciding or having courage (all listed under the definition of resolution).  It was about paying attention, listening to the small clear voice, taking note and being mindful.  There were certainly ideas, hopes, dreams, wishes, maybes and someday’s; however, it became clear that I was to plan my year, write it down, read it back, pray over it, be wise, edit it, and pay attention to the inner desires and longings to get to the heart of the matter.

I began by listing my top five values in life….Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness and Fun….and then listing ideas for growth under each of these categories with a date of completion.  And then I prayed.  As I began to feel anxious that it was too much, not obtainable or out of balance, I adjusted the timeline (not the ideas) to a more realistic plan.  I then prayed some more.  It became clear and comfortable and solid.  I then looked at the entire list and briefly noted how each action item related to my top five strengths…Positivity, Connectedness, Learner, Belief and Intellection. I prayed again and began to feel a pull toward accomplishment.

I then rearranged each item under headings of daily, weekly, monthly, annually and voila… goals and timelines complete.

Of course, there are many other things besides what are on this list; however, these are the growth items that need to be accomplished and are important enough to be taken on as action items, not “someday” thoughts.

(I recently learned that “someday” is not a day….and had to call my daughter to tell her that someday is today….and that if there was anything I promised to her that we would someday do, today was the day to do it.  The only thing she could remember was a trip to Disneyland and as we had already taken many trips to Disneyland, I was off the hook.  However, I asked her to remind me if something else comes to mind that I had promised we would do someday, and we would drop everything and do it.  This was a heartfelt conversation with some tears as my daughter relived how many times I had said “someday”….and it was never to be or to happen.)

Here is the first list….with the action items listed under my top values:

First goal for 2014:  Create Goals

Faith–Take the Perspectives Course; study the Bible, journal and pray; fast for 21 days; serve with LIFE International; serve on Missions Council at church; serve as peer counselor for Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network (TCPN)

Family–Visit Cousins in WA; Visit brother and sister-in-law in NH

Finances–Sign up for Social Security, train 20 new business partners

Fitness–Swim two miles a week, eat mindfully (plant-based whole foods), drink 32 oz PiMag water daily

Fun–Golf weekly during the summer; blog weekly, find fun in everything

I added a few more goal topics just for fun:

Relational–Be present in every conversation and share from my heart; invite company for dinner monthly

Emotional–Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville

Organizational–Finish kitchen and laundry room remodel; finish painting inside of house; organize household and paperwork

Mental–Read two books of fiction; listen to Ted Talks

Share–Join Toastmasters; write a blog

Then I broke it down into annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals:

January–Write goals for 2014; Start Perspectives Course; sign up for social security; take blog training

February–Finish remodel and painting the inside of our house, organize household and paperwork

March–Set up household cleaning schedule; join Toastmasters

April–Spring Break w/Boys; Daniel Fast for 21 days prior to Easter

May–Complete the Perspectives Course

June–Two speaking opportunities in Seattle; visit cousins in WA

July–Visit brother-in-law and family in NH; Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville

August–Open

September–Open

October–Open

November–Open

December–Start 2015 goal planning; celebrate!!

Daily–Study the Bible, pray and journal, practice mindful eating, drink 32 ounces of PiMag water, find fun in everything, be present in every conversation and share from my heart, listen to a Ted Talk.

Weekly–Swim two miles, golf in the summer; serve as peer counselor for TCPN, attend Toastmasters, write a blog posting

Monthly–Train three new team members; invite company for dinner

Annually–Travel with LIFE International; read two books of fiction

So….Lord willing…my goals are set.  Here is a visualization of 2014:

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One more step will be to record these photos and goals into the Shadow Puppet app, read it out loud and carry it with me every day….

What I am getting out of this whole process is a new sense of balance, purpose, mindfulness and fun!

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Day Three: Why Start a Blog?

Day 3 of 30….What was on my mind when I decided to start a blog? 

Many months ago, I was prompted to “speak up and write”.  That phrase has stayed with me and I knew that I was to be a writer, a speaker and a teacher.  As I was preparing to travel to Kenya last September, I was prompted to share my experiences with others through blogging and I started with a simple post to become familiar with writing a blog….and then posted a few blogs about my thoughts, emotions and experiences about my trip.  (Actually it was God’s trip to Kenya, and I went with him.)  

This year as I ponder, prepare and prioritize my goals for 2014, one goal is to blog more consistently, and another goal is to share my thoughts and life through connecting with others.  If I write down my goal and make it a priority, it will come to fruition, instead of being a dream or a wish.  So, with commitment, passion, determination, and a little help from WordPress, it is time for me to delve into blogging and learn all I can about this amazing technology.  It’s also a scary thing to do and it’s time to push myself to new limits both in sharing my life and in connecting with others.  Officially, this is my first year at setting goals and this blog is my first attempt to “speak up and write”.   

God is my new boss

Something happened when I turned my life over to God. I don’t remember the day, but I do remember the conversation. “Okay God, take my life, my thoughts, my heart, my all. I’ll do whatever you say. I’ll go wherever you send me. However I can serve you Lord.” That began a quiet journey of paying attention, studying, waiting and getting ready. At that time, it was just between me and God. I surrendered. Totally.

Today, flights are confirmed, tickets are purchased, immunizations are complete, and plans are underway for my first short-term missions trip….to Kenya. Actually, it’s not my trip. It’s God’s trip and I’m going with Him. God is my new boss….and He’s called me out of retirement. Actually, He never calls us to retirement. He calls us to be productive our whole lives. So, it’s with a humble heart that I get to go to work…what an awesome honor to go to work for my new boss. And I didn’t even have to apply or interview. He already knew all about me. When I was filling out the application to become an International Training Specialist with LIFE International over two years ago, I could see how God had been training me all along. It was eye opening. OH! That’s why I had foreign exchange students living with me. OH! That’s why I flew for the airlines for Pan Am and Northwest Orient, visiting different cultures and lands. OH! That’s why I took that test to learn that my strengths were centered around compassion and teaching. OH! That’s why I had recently spent a month in India. Hmmmm….it was a course in LIFE….and God was my instructor all along. Little did I know at the time that I was “in training” for His greater purposes.

Now that I’ve “signed on”, it seems so simple. It’s kind of like this….an apple tree doesn’t struggle to grow apples, it only struggles when it tries to grow a pear. All those times of struggling, of “trying” to fit in, of wondering where I belong, of forging my own path, could have been simplified had I just surrendered long ago. For some reason, though, I didn’t accept Jesus into my life until I was fifty-two….on February 2, 2000…and I didn’t fully surrender for another eight years. There was a lot of bitterness that had to be worked through. There was a lot of learning that had to happen on the heart level. It was an “inside job”. God is the master of “inside jobs”….He wanted my heart and He worked hard and waited a long time to receive it. Today, He has my heart, simply and completely. I love my new boss. And He loves me. It’s not usually okay to fall in love with your boss…but in this case, it’s essential!

Today, my outlook, my overview, my environment, my platform, my life is different. It’s all forward thinking, forward moving, forward bound. Here’s an analogy. I purchased a new laptop recently and had to call the tech support office to assist me with set up. I gave the technician “remote access” to my computer and as I sat back and watched her move the cursor around to accomplish the tasks, I loved it! She had just taken total control of my whole computer and it was so simple! As I sat and watched, for many hours, I was reminded that this is how God is working in my life too. Just take total control of my whole life, God. I’ll just submit and watch you perform miracles in my life and in the lives of those around me. Here’s an example….I am currently co-leading the Forgiven and Set Free Bible Study for post-abortive women. A friend of mine summed it up beautifully….”we have been invited to have a front row seat to watch and help foster the transformation that happens when people allow Jesus to rule their hearts”. It’s not me…it’s God…who works in the lives of His people. The Bible is FULL of these stories. I get to be His assistant, His student, His trainee. I get to be on His staff, in His Department, in His company, in His organization, in His forward-moving enterprise.

This new job is the best job I’ve ever had….and my new boss is the best boss I could ever imagine. Thank you Lord for hiring me, for training me, for preparing me to be in your service. I accept. I obey. I submit.

First Missions Trip

Hi Friends and Family…

This is to let you know of my first missions trip scheduled for this fall, September 13th-23rd. 

I cannot be more excited to share with you my journey and invite you to travel along with me as I post about my preparations, the team, the travel, the experiences and the amazing outcomes that God has in store for “us” as we join together to support His purposes. 

I have been invited to travel to Kenya on behalf of LIFE International out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a team of four others.  The mission of LIFE International is to multiply life-giving ministries around the world where attacks on human life are performed.  Here is their site:

http://www.LIFEinternational.com

Right now I am raising awareness, raising funds and raising prayer support….much is needed in all areas.

Have you been wondering what God is up to in the area of abortion?  Think of this….with over 40 million abortions performed around the globe every year, think of them as the most unreached people group.  If this moves you or stirs you to action, please know that is God working in you to nudge you to get involved, of which there are many ways.  I invite you to spend some time on the site for LIFE International and pray about it.  I recently finished a book by Henry Blackaby and Claude King entitled, Experiencing God.  One of the main themes of the book is to find out what God is doing, where He is going, and go with Him!

Well, God is going to Kenya in September and “we” are going with him.  You may support Him by becoming aware of what He is up to through LIFE International and travel along with me and an amazing team of four others.  Just being with this team for ten days will be an amazing experience in itself.  I am indeed honored and blessed to be included. 

The funds needed for my trip are approx. $5,300.  My husband and I are donating 25%, leaving a balance of $4,000.  My church has donated $500, leaving a balance of $3,500. 

Here are a few ways to contribute financially. 

(1) Checks/tax deductible donations may be made payable to LIFE International, and mailed to LIFE International, 72 Ransom Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3217.  Please note in the memo line:  Linda Moore, Kenya, 2013. 

(2) Funds may be sent directly to me.  Please send an email to TogetherForGreatness@gmail.com for my address and contact information. 

(3) Another way is to donate your Delta Airline Miles.  We can work together on that option.  Please contact me at TogetherForGreatness@gmail.com.

(4)  100% of my income from my health and wellness business are going towards my trip.  Here is my website if you’d like to donate by shopping:  http://www.nikken.com/wellnessiscontagious.   

Another vast area of support will be through prayer.  If you would like to be on my prayer team and receive prayer requests and praises, much prayer will be needed for this trip and all of LIFE International.  The six days of training in Kenya will consist of three days on abstinence training and three days on post-abortion recovery training.  The training team is currently meeting on curriculum and using a new learning philosophy and methodology.

Our host is Bramuel Musya and his blog is brammiesupdates.blogspot.com.  Be sure to read his post on The 72 Ransom Avenue Convenant, created during the 2012 Global Leaders’ Life Summit. 

The training will be entirely in English, the destination will be Nairobi, the team has been confirmed and tickets will be purchased very soon.  I am working on immunizations, fund raising, prayer support, visas, packing and generally being just plain excited.  People are asking me if I am scared.  I am not.  Even though what I am reading is pretty scary, I am surprisingly not scared.  One of my mentors recently confirmed that God will go with me, that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I am definitely excited, but not fearful. 

The following was taken from the Spring 2013 Life International Newsletter:

How To Impact the World for Life

1.  Pray.  The most powerful way to engage in this mission and to effect change in our world is to begin on our knees before God.

2.  Sow.  Every gift given generously toward God–no matter the size–makes a difference!

3.  Go.  You can employ your expertise and skills to equip others around the world for life-giving ministry. 

Blessings.  Always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like Fridays…

I like Fridays….it gives me a chance to say TGIF..or Thank God I’m Forgiven…and to remember how much God has forgiven me for.

Today was the perfect Friday to spend a quiet day with the Lord and pray and listen to His promptings.  It was also the perfect day to hike up to the top of Badger Mountain here in the Tri-Cities.  The sun was shining, it would be hot later on and there was a cool breeze.

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I headed to the trail head about 9:30 with my water bottle and began a slow uphill stroll.  Usually I am going all out to get to the top more quickly than my last effort, always timing myself against myself.  This day was for going slowly and enjoying each step.

As I was walking up the well manicured path this day I noticed more trash along the trail than usual…tissues, dog poop, bags of dog poop, etc.   Usually I pick up trash along my walks; however, I hadn’t planned for that today….and usually the trail is spotless of trash…and didn’t have a garbage sack with me.  As I came upon a baggie of dog poop, I felt the “prompting” to “pick it up”…I kept walking, but after a few steps did turn around to pick it up.  It was tied in a knot, so I picked it up with my first finger and thumb and only grabbed on to about 1/4 inch of the top of the bag….the very least I could get away with and still hold it.  I had a two-fingered vice grip on it, held it away from my body, could smell something from it every so often, and kept thinking, uh, this is not good.  There are no trash bins on the mountain which meant I was going to have to hang on to it all the way up and all the way down.  Plus, it must have been a rather large dog, as it was a rather large weight.

At first it was quite annoying.  I was very aware of what  I was holding onto and it was, UH!  and very hard to ignore.  It had its own “presence” and it was right next to me.  I kept thinking about it and realized I was doing the right thing, but it was “uh”!   So, I kept walking with the dog poop in my left hand and my water bottle in my right.  Sometimes it would smell and sometimes it wouldn’t.  But it was always, uh!   I came to a rest area with the bench made out of large rocks.  I sat down, put the dog poop on my left and my water bottle on my right.   I sat and meditated for a few moments, checked my emails and texts, had a sip of water and started up the mountain again.

After a little bit of walking, I realized I hadn’t thought one bit about what was in my left hand.  It was just me walking up the mountain with the dog poop in my left hand, my water bottle in my right hand, and all was well with the world.  Dare I say, it had become a part of me!?   I didn’t notice it, I didn’t smell it, I didn’t feel the weight of it, my fingers were fine holding it, and it was now again a nice walk up the mountain.

I started to think…isn’t this the way life is?  At first something happens in our lives and it’s heavy and it stinks and it looks bad and it feels bad and without question, it’s bad!   And we know it.  Then after a while, it becomes a part of us…it’s still there, but we don’t know it, it doesn’t smell, we can’t see it, it doesn’t feel so bad and it’s not quite so heavy.   Dare I say it becomes a part of us…uh!

As I came to the top of the mountain, I took a different path down the back side than usual.  It was a beautiful day, I had no time constraints, I was open to a new path so off I went….still hanging onto my doggie bag and my water bottle.  I started to notice there were fewer people on the trail today; in fact, most of the walk I had been alone with my thoughts.  Soon, I realized it was because it was such a HOT day….most folks had finished their walk and were down the mountain.  I kept walking and walking and walking and came to realize that this way down the mountain was not going to get me back to my car. I looked around and I was walking AWAY from the trail head and there was no one in sight.   At last, another  hiker came along going in the opposite direction, so I did ask her where this trail came out….back by the trail head where we park our cars?  She said, “No, this comes out on the other side of the mountain”.  She asked me where I had joined the trail and I told her.  She gave me a couple options for getting back, including one that was shorter, but more challenging.  I was now realizing that I was going to have to walk all the way back up to the top of the mountain, it was getting quite HOT and I had to make a choice.  I chose the more challenging but shorter route to the top of the mountain.

While walking back up, interestingly,  I again became aware of my bag of doggie poop.  I was now walking with more intention, I was hungry, I was a little bit lost, it was VERY hot, the sun was beating down, there was no one around, I was now wanting to get back and my stroll became a fast walk.  And the dog poop reappeared into my consciousness.  And isn’t that the way life is…..when we are stressed,  hungry, angry, lonely or tired, struggling, upset, etc., that little invisible bag of poop that we have been carrying around begins to smell, seems heavy, looks bad, and feels bad….all of that is still there!  It didn’t go away, it just disappeared for awhile.

So, with my doggie bag and my bottle, “we” made it to the top of the mountain….and now I’m having trouble hanging onto the plastic doggie bag with my two sweaty fingers and it’s difficult to unscrew the top of my water bottle to take a drink of water without the doggie bag getting in my way.  I’m now holding my water bottle lid in the same hand as the dog poop and screwing it back on too.  Uh!   I’m realizing I probably have a bit of a sunburn and I’m wanting to get down the mountain as quickly as possible.  I start to use my water bottle to protect the back of my neck from the sun, holding it with my right hand.  The dog poop is getting heavier and sweat is rolling down my face.  I am intent of going back down the mountain the way I’m familiar with.  I start down one way, passing a sign and then start questioning if this really is the correct way down?  So I go back to the sign and check it out.  I’m starting to question if I know how to get down, at all?!  My mind is playing tricks on me.  This happens again and I double check again, wanting to make no more assumptions.  My feet are starting to slip on the gravel a bit because  I’ve been on the mountain for three hours instead of one and I’m a bit tired.  Flies are now starting to land on my hand holding the doggie bag, my wrist by the doggie back and my left arm.  Of course they are, I’m sweating and I’m carrying a bag of now very warm, if not hot, dog poop.  Uh!!!!

At last, at one very welcome point down the mountain, I recognize where I am, that the trail head is in sight, my car is in sight, and the very best is in sight….a garbage bin!!!!

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As I dropped the baggie into the bin…I had a revelation… I realized that through all the personal growth work and healing that God has done in my life, I am no longer carrying around that little bag of doggie poop…..figuratively or literally!!!  To no longer be emotionally fragile is true freedom.  To no longer be easily offended is true freedom.  To no longer be carrying around that little doggie bag (of debt, unforgivingness, bitterness, hard heartedness, etc) is true freedom.

I like Fridays….it gives me a chance to say TGIF…or Thank God I’m Free…and to remember how much I have to be thankful for.