January 2009 I challenged you to choose a New Year’s Resolution Song.

Again, I encourage you to choose a song that will guide you through the 2010 year.

I really like this idea. I knew the time was coming for a new song. I have been praying and listening—to songs and to God. What will be my help this year? What will be my guide? I mostly listen to Christian music, so it’s a natural that my song will focus on God.

I have been so moved this past year by the group The David Crowder Band. Especially the album “Remedy.” I kept thinking/wanting that my 2010 song has to be a Crowder song.

Don’t you love it when God hits you from more then one angle regarding the same topic?! Don’t you love when you and God are on the same page?!

I now know that my 2010 song is “Remedy” by The David Crowder Band. It speaks to me personally (in my own struggles and hope) and it calls me to move out in to God’s world. It is a help toward the solutions all around.

I struggle a lot with being a stay at home mom. I dreamed of this vocation. I asked God for this vocation. But, I am not as good at this vocation as I dreamed I would be. I am very selfish and it shows in the bad habits I use in my parenting.

Yup. God is hitting me from many angles:
#1 The Prequel: 29 Gifts
#2 “Remedy” by The David Crowder Band
#3 The Sequel: Proverbs & I Peter 3: 8-12

Last December I signed on to an activity called 29 Gifts. The Challenge is your opportunity to cultivate a mindful practice of stepping outside your own story for a few seconds each day by serving others.

29 Gifts helps you to focus away from your struggles—in an effort to bring you healing—while reviving the giving spirit in the world. We can change lives—and change the world—one gift at a time. (The gift can be money, food, old sweaters, smiles, a hug, your time, kind words or thoughts.)

I joined this activity because I love to give people things out of the blue. You never know what kind of battle someone may be fighting and how far a small act of kindness can really take a person. I also needed to move outside of the 4 walls of my home and my negative thinking that I am so put upon by the very children I asked God to gift me with. I was feeling trapped. I needed this outlet so that I could give properly and unselfishly to my own children/family. I am going to do a second round of 29 Gifts.

And then God did it again!

First, my 5 year old was introduced to the golden rule at school: “Do on to others as you would have them do to you.” It really is a golden rule. It is a great mantra to live by.

Next, I have this magnet on my fridge. I know you’ve heard it before.

Respect Children: They are wonderful people.
Don’t hit me. TEACH ME what you want.
Don’t ignore me. HUG ME all you can.
Don’t yell at me. SHOW ME a better way.
BE WITH ME, GUDE ME, LOVE ME.

Then God stepped in and reiterated these ideas with HIS original ideas.
In Proverbs 15:1 God teaches us

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

And again, in verse 13 God instructs,

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

And—not really last, as I am sure God has so much more to teach me—God opened my heart more by showing me I Peter 3:8-12

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love as brothers, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

These are great words of truth for withIN and withOUT your four walls.

Oh, and one more thing: Two Sundays back in church, one of the leaders preached about embracing a new kind of new years’ resolution: “To be a blessing to others.”

Wow! God, you’re coming in loud and clear. Amen! You said it. Of course God said it. God started it all and man put it in to his own words. But God came back around (to me anyway) and reminded me of God’s teachings and the only way to live a happy life and bring the kingdom to earth!

Let us be the remedy. Let us be open to being the remedy. Please, join me.

The David Crowder Band Official Site http://www.davidcrowderband.com/

29-Day Giving Challenge
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker (Author)
http://www.29gifts.org/

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