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The Numbers Business

Have you ever noticed how occupied with numbers we are?

For example: This is my 554th blog post. As of this moment, there are 302 followers. And  probably another time as many on Facebook and Twitter. Today, January 9th, is my birthday. I am 59 years old. I have 1 husband, 4 + 2 children, and 8 grandchildren.  The computer in my car told me this morning that I can drive another 603 kilometers before the gas tank is empty. My cell phone battery is at 69%. In 4 hours, choir rehearsal begins. I have written 4,762 words since Monday.

Get the picture?

We base much of our day to day living on numbers. Time. Distance. Measurements. And what does this have to do with anything, you ask? Well, I’m glad you did. Ask, that is.

God is in the numbers business. He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head (Luke 12:7). He makes promises based on numbers (Matthew 13:3-23). He talks about numbers in church growth (Acts 16:5). And numbers are everywhere through the book of Revelation. Throughout the entire Bible, in fact.

So what?

This tells me that our God is concerned with order. He is interested in doing things properly and precisely.

I once had a manager whose favourite saying was, “if  you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. He drove me nuts every time he said it . . . until I understood what he meant. I had to pay attention to details. I had to plan ahead. I had to set goals and establish actions to reach them. I had to enlist the help of those working with me in order to accomplish what needed to be done. I had to mark the milestones along the way so that I could see the progress, define the improvement, and celebrate the success.

It’s no different in our faith walk.

1. Pay attention to the details. Watch for signs. God is speaking to us all the time. We need to learn to listen and to recognize His voice when He is telling us something.

2. Plan ahead. Where do you want to be next week, next month, next year? Pray and ask God to help you set goals based on where He wants to take you. Then write them down. And identify the changes you need to make or actions you need to take in order to make those goals reality.

3. People. Who are the people around you who can help you to achieve your goals? Don’t misunderstand; I’m not talking about using people for your own gain. I’m taking about looking for mentors, the wise ones, those who have talents and abilities you don’t. Encouragers, motivators, cheerleaders. Get what I mean? And you need the support of family or friends or your pastor or somebody who believes in you. And if you don’t have someone like that in your life, as the Lord to bring that person across your path.

4. Take action. As my sister-in-law said recently: “Taking the next step of faith: we may not see that much ground before us but there is a long road of God’s faithfulness behind us . . . He calls us to remember”. Be brave. Be daring. Measure your progress. Take note of the numbers.

5. Celebrate! And then move on to the next goal.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

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The Birthday Boy

Today is my husband’s birthday. It’s not a milestone year or a particularly significant age. Just a birthday. Everybody has them.

But my birthday boy has had some pretty cool things happen on his special day.

1. On his 20th birthday, in 1975, he asked me to marry him. Twice. Not because I said no the first time, but because I was in shocked disbelief and in order to make sure I had heard correctly, I asked him to repeat the question. Poor guy.

2. His 23rd birthday presented a new challenge. I had an art class that evening and we had just had our first baby nine days earlier. Dear Husband had his maiden voyage into taking care of a newborn all by himself. I think he cried more than the baby did. He survived, however, and so did she.

3. We bought a new car on his 30th birthday. A 1984 Ford Crown Victoria – navy blue, with all the bells and whistles, such as they were back then. We drove that car for 15 years.

4. I threw a surprise party for him one year (can’t remember which birthday that was) and invited a bunch of our closest friends. Except Dear Husband was sick (one of the three times in his whole life). Well, everyone else had a good time.

5. We spent his 26th birthday moving from Saskatoon to Regina. Lesson learned: don’t move at the end of February in Saskatchewan. It’s cold. Very cold.

6. I managed to snag a couple of scalped tickets to a sold-out Detroit vs. Vancouver NHL hockey game a few years ago. The game was on his birthday and he was thrilled to see his long-time favorite Red Wings play.

Today we’re keeping it simple. Dinner at Swiss Chalet for whoever can make it.

See you there!

 

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

Today is Canada’s 145th birthday.

I remember fourth grade and the ceremony outside my elementary school when our new red and white flag was raised, replacing Britain’s Union Jack. We were very proud Canadians to finally have our own distinctive identity. I remember the celebrations that took place during 1967 as our country turned 100 – the Centennial that pulled people together from coast to coast.

We are a great country. And I pray that the words our national anthem rings true in the heart of every Canadian.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

 

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Happy Birthday, Julie!

It’s Friday and my oldest daughter turns 34, I mean 25. Sorry, Julie! She was born on a Friday and I became a mother for the first time on that winter morning. I was so young and ill-prepared for the challenge of raising that tiny girl, but we managed, her father and I. She was patient with us.

I look at her today and see a strong, confident woman who takes every opportunity to be exactly who God intended her to be. She follows after His heart with every step. She is an intelligent businesswoman, a talented writer, and a wonderful mother to her sons. I am always in awe of her.

She can do anything.

Happy Birthday, Julie! I love you.

 

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