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What were you expecting

Have you ever stopped and thought about the level of your expectations?

Just humor me for a minute.

What are your expectations of your kids?

Do you expect them to behave? To obey? To clean up their dishes after dinner? To do their homework?

How about your marriage or our spouse in particular? Do you expect them to be faithful? Do you expect a certain element of role they will fulfill?

What about your job, do you expect them to pay you?

See what I mean?

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6 Months In- 6 Things We’ve Learned from Corona

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More than 6 months now, we’ve been facing this virus. For some reason for me, mid March sticks out in my mind as to when it really became intense.

I remember having a meeting with some of our church leaders and speculating about when our area would shut down schools following all the states/counties around us that were doing the same.
I believe that decision came next day.
Man, it’s been intense. It’s taken an effect on literally every stage and phase of life. Every angle of everything we do has been affected by this virus in some way or another. Some of it has been good, most of it has been bad, but here we are.

What have we learned? How has life changed for you, for your family, for your church and community?

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Back to 2019

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Doesn’t the beginning of each year bring such amazing anticipation and excitement!? It’s like your drawing to conclusion all the thoughts, drama, trouble and excitement that took place over the previous year and looking forward to all the great things that will happen in the next.
Do you ever realize that we never really think that the year coming will bring anything bad? It’s almost always just good. Life is going to be better. My job is going to be better. The pay is going to be better. My kids are going to be better. It’s all just going to be better.

And then 2020 started!

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I couldn’t believe I was trying to get back to that!

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With all this Corona-ness going on right now, the phrase I keep hearing is “we can’t wait till everything can go back to normal!”
In my compliance and compatibility, I kindly smile and nod, for in my mind, I also want the semblances of consistent to come back again.

I wonder, though, is normal what we are really wanting to return?

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What was life like B.C.?

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Through all this corona-craziness, everything you once took for granted is now questionable. For me, thinking that most of the precautions we are facing are a bit obtrusive, it makes you wonder if we have ever really been safe to live and breath and go about the normal of our former lives. You know, B.C., before Corona.

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This thing had us scared out of our minds!

I can’t help but reflect back over this season. I simply don’t know how to think. Somehow I just believe the Lord is using this season of deficiency to draw us into this sufficiency and abundance. What our church was forced into because of this flu couldn’t have been better orchestrated. Forgive me for painting such a positive picture of this. It is not that I am making light of this trouble, but I do know that in the scope of the darkness, there is also a light that shines through it.

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How are you with your goals?

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We’re one month into the new year already and it’s a really good time to take a look at your goals and see if you’re on track with where you’re hoping you’d be.

If not, take stock. Where are you getting side tracked that you need to reign in?

Where are you being lazy that you need to step up?

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Full Focus Planner

The first time I showed someone my Full Focus Planner, they thought I had lost my mind! Planners, typically, are a dime a dozen and you get one for Christmas and use it all year.

If it’s anything near descent, it’ll give you a glimpse of the month, the week, and the day and have some form to keeping you on track with your annual goals.
But the Full Focus Planner takes all that, magnifies it, puts it on steroids and what you are left with is the single best planning resource you can get your hands on.

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Saturday

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Saturday’s for our family look so chill. We do almost nothing and we love it that way.

Sure there are the experiences we engage in from time to time, but for the most part, we have learned the incredible value of down time. Nothing planned, nothing happening, just nothing.