Friday, February 7, 2014

Weekly Top 10: Reeder's Reads (And a Giveaway!)

So, in my last post, I referred to a book I am reading.

Yep. I am a Reeder, uh... reader. Yeah.

Well, anyways, I thought I would do a post and share some books that I am planning to read this year.  I'm going to try to do a "Weekly Top 10" post - about random topics - every Friday.  (Yep.  That's another goal.  Check.)

So here's My List.
  1. Becoming Myself
  2. Eat That Frog
  3. Circle Maker
  4. Ministry of Motherhood
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  6. To Live Is Christ
  7. (2) - For Fun Fiction (Nicholas Sparks? Dorothea Benton Frank?)
  8. (2) - Classic Novels  (A Tale of Two Cities?  Pride & Prejudice?)
I know.  The list is only numbered to 8.  But if you check my math (and trust me... it probably needs it!), by combining 2 books in both #7, and #8, I'm pretty sure that adds up to 10. :-)

Now for the fun.  I have two book bundles to SHARE!

Bundle #1 - for anyone who's been struggling like me... trying to "get it together", to forgive and move forward... to find purpose and meaning in your life, and to get organized.

Bundle #2 - Just in time for Valentine's Day!! A few books about beauty, dancing, love, and The One Who Loves us best!!

All you need to do to win is post a comment on this blog (or on the Facebook link).  Tell me what you're reading, what you'd like to read, or why you want to win! Anything really... I just want to hear from y'all!

I will give you til Tuesday of next week (Feb 11) then I will draw 2 names from the comments and announce on Wednesday who the winners are!! Fun, right???

So.... Whatcha readin'???

Ready....  Set.... GO!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Personal Accountabilty

Woah!  Sounds like this one's gonna be pretty solemn, y'all...
Who knew I was capable of such depths?? Haha!!

But seriously....

I've been thinking a lot about this lately.


According to Todd Herman, a simple definition of personal accountability is this:
Being willing to answer - to be accountable - for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions.
My husband offered to let me read a book that he just finished titled "The Question Behind the Question" by John G. Miller.  The entire premise of this book is to practice personal accountability.  The subtitle says "What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame, Complaining, and Procrastination."

Okay.  Does this guy know me?? Does he have a hidden camera in my house?? Does this book have SUSANNE REEDER written ALL OVER it?!?!

Let me offer a little back story here.

Two years ago, I was in the best physical shape of my adult life.  I was down 50+ pounds, walking 2-3 miles each day, and participating in Zumba classes at my local YMCA 3 times a week. I looked GOOD! ;-)  More importantly, I FELT good.  I had developed a "no excuses" mentality and I was taking care of me.

My household was in order. I was ministering to my children and my husband in positive ways. I was working in a ministry for students.  I was productive.  I was using my gifts and talents to honor and glorify my creator.

What happened???

Well, I won't offer up all the gory details here, but suffice it to say LIFE happened.  Things have a way of rearing their ugly little heads when we least expect them.  Disappointments.  Failures.  Broken relationships.  Shattered dreams.  Lies and betrayal.  Long story short, I was completely and utterly devastated.  I spun myself a little cocoon of self pity and I stayed there.  For a year.  A solid year!

Even after I broke out of the numbness I had blanketed myself with, I still wasn't healing.  Wasn't moving forward.  I had spent so much time asking "Why did this happen to me?" and perfectly playing the role of victim that I just couldn't get past it.  I was blaming... complaining... procrastinating...

Wait.  I AM STILL doing all those things.

While many things that happened were results of the choices of others, not my own, I still made choices.  I still bare some responsibility.  But that's just what we do now-a-days isn't it?  We fall down and we blame those who tripped or pushed us and just stay "stuck" in the muck and the mire instead of MAKING A CHOICE to get up, and move on!

"It's not my fault."
"That's not my job."
"That's so not fair."
"Why do I have to do (insert unwanted task here)?"

I see examples of these things every day.  In my life... In my children's lives...  It's in businesses... In schools... EVERYWHERE!

The result of this kind of thinking - this behavior - is extremely negative.  For example, I said before that two years ago I was in the best physical shape of my life?? Today, I am 65 pounds overweight.  My blood pressure is through the roof.  And I break a sweat walking around the block!

My house has been in chaos. My husband and kiddos have had to fend for themselves. I no longer work in any ministry.  I haven't been using my gifts and talents at all.  I've been sitting in a puddle crying "Whoa is me".

Well, as my granddaddy, "Pa", used to say... "Enough's enough, and too much ain't good for nothin!"

I could continue to blame "life" and circumstances" for the shape I am in, but I won't... I refuse... I quit!!

The buck stops here!!

I'm tired of being stuck.  I'm sick of being defeated.  It's time to GET UP, GET OUT of the muck, and MOVE FORWARD.

I'm excited about this new little tool I've found, and how God is going to use it to grow me.

Stretch me.

Move me.

Change me!!

... I'll keep you posted on my progress! ;-)

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