SOLAR ECLIPSE | IMAGINE ALL OF CREATION SINGING THE SAME SONG

Gratitude to the Creator of All | Ginger Craddock

The earth cannot contain its JOY! Imagine all of creation singing the same song. One hallelujah to You and You alone. Holy, holy to the One who scattered the stars. Holly, holy to the One who holds every heart. All of our praise, all for Your name with creation we sing along. Holy, holy! These are the words I’ll be singing during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Holy featuring Seth Condrey from the Album Nothing Ordinary.

Worship is the foundation of joy.

May you always…

Find joy in the journey,

Ginger

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON’T FIT HERE

THE IDENTITY CRISIS OF MY LIFE BY BETH MOORE

Silence the loud voices. Look up. Look in. We all hit the wall relationally. It’s painful. What happens when we don’t fit here anymore? If you read one thing today, I hope it will be Beth Moore’s Identity Crisis of My Life. There is hope, stability, and growth if we know where to look when we don’t fit here anymore.

Together let’s be the change in the NOW generation committed to going where Jesus points.

Jesus will help each one of us find joy in the journey.

I’m cheering for you as you take the next right step.

Ginger

THE BEST YEAR EVER

Three Proven Practices Rooted in One Word

Only four months, a total of 122 days, and my plan for the best year ever will come to an end. We will have a new president-elect of the United States, the children will have completed another semester of school, I will have completed another triathlon, and I will be one day away from being another year older. You guessed it, I’m a New Year’s Day baby.

Friend, how is your year progressing? Is it a big ‘ole mess of variety like my year?

As I evaluate my progress for 2016, I am reminded there are three significant components that are foundational to my plan for the best year ever. Three proven practices which have consistently produced positive results in my life year after year.

These three proven practices are rooted in a single word.

Mentor. An experienced and trusted adviser; who is available to guide others with purpose and wisdom.

  • As you transition from summer to fall, how will you finish 2016?
  • Do you have the right mentors in place to help guide and cheer you on along the path to success?
  • Do you have the knowledge and discipline to finish strong?

THREE PROVEN PRACTICES FOR THE BEST YEAR EVER

  1. Connect with a business mentor.
  2. Connect with a marriage mentor.
  3. Connect with a parenting mentor.

HOW TO FIND A BUSINESS MENTOR

The best place I have found to locate a mentor is in an organized group of men and women who are experiencing the results I am seeking to achieve. I have found an excellent business mentor in Michael Hyatt. Michael is the developer of 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever; the plan I followed to develop my personal and business plan for 2016. I’ll share more about this in an upcoming business post.

Today, I want us to focus on the personal side of the plan for the best year ever.

HOW TO FIND A MARRIAGE MENTOR AND A MOM MENTOR

If you are married, or married with children, I think we can all agree we want to experience the very best of what each season has to offer. You will find valuable content and mentors for marriage and parenting in my five favorite resources listed below. New groups and new resources are made available each fall.

Position yourself to finish 2016 strong. Make 2016 your best year ever by connecting with a mentor with a proven track record of success.

Connect with a marriage mentor at

Connect with a mom mentoring group at

  • Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS for short.
  • Fearless Mom where expectant moms, preschool moms, and moms all the way up to high school students connect and find mentors for their specific stage of parenting. “No nonsense, common sense parenting.”
  • Daughters of Truth provides family devotions and online encouragement.

Friend, I want you to have your best year ever. Together let’s encourage one another to finish strong. Connect with a marriage mentoring and/or a mom mentoring group today!

Learn how to be resilient and joyful. You can find joy in the journey with a mentor to help you carry the load.

You go girl!

Resilient and joyful,

Ginger

A PROVEN PATHWAY TO FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY

Do you know there is a proven pathway to find joy in the journey? Now I’m not talking about some “Pollyanna” everything is great surface demonstration of joy. I’m talking about an authentic joy that bubbles up from deep in the inside of your heart and your mind.

Early in life, I had my doubts about a joy filled life when obstacles at home and at work bombarded me. Then there were crazy health issues. My pathway did not look like I expected it to look.

Friend, what does your pathway look like today?

I’m a thinker. When I have questions, I seek to understand the answers. When possible, I prefer to go directly to the source of the information. My Dad taught me, opinions are just hot air unless they are backed up by facts and results. (Thanks Dad!)

Imagine how different our world and our relationships would be if we only shared our opinions proven by facts and results.

  • Most politicians and TV commentators would be out of a job; replaced by a majority intent on being a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION. (If you are breathing you are a part of the NOW GENERATION!)
  • The mean girls and the bullies would be silenced on social media and on the playground; replaced by a majority intent on being a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION.

When life squeezes you, it is possible to be resilient and joyful. You can develop resilience and joy which are not contingent on circumstances. I’ve spent over twenty-years testing this theory. I share the facts that have produced tangible results in my life in HAPPINESS, HARDSHIP & RESILIENCE: Jesus through the Eyes of Matthew.

I invite you to go directly to the source documents with me. My team and I have created a safe environment where you can come and learn alongside of us. A safe place for the curious, committed, and somewhere in-between.

Women, join me at Book Club Bible Study where I share the proven pathway to find joy in the journey through HAPPINESS, HARDSHIP & RESILIENCE: Jesus through the Eyes of Matthew.

Men, join the IRONMEN Bible Study where men just like you will share the proven pathway to find resilience and joy. A safe place where men are learning to lead with resilience at home, in the market place, and in the community.

Resilient and joyful,

Ginger

I’d love to connect with you over on Facebook and Twitter; where together we can be a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

12 POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS TO CATCH YOUR CHILD DOING THIS SUMMER

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Instead of spending your summer saying, “don’t… and stop it” spend your summer catching your child doing something good. Catch your child being kind, obedient, creative, polite, truthful, patient, wise, loving, friendly, intelligent, generous, and joyful.

I find that I respond quickly to positive reinforcement and encouragement. Are you like me?

Research indicates that positive behavior support for preschool age children mediates early problem behaviors.

Early in my parenting journey, I used stickers and cards to “catch my son and daughter demonstrating virtuous behaviors. They were eager to collect the reward stickers and the reward cards.  An added benefit was the overflow that happened when their dad arrived home from work. The children wholeheartedly told their dad what they had been “caught” doing.

Children are delighted to “tell” adults about their day. The practice of “catching” Amber and Aaron being obedient and kind set my husband, Carl, up for a win when he arrived home from work. Carl was able to compliment and encourage the children because they were caught being…

HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP?

Disaster strikes. Your world turns upside down. A woman looks into your eyes compassionately and asks, “How are you holding up?”

My mom, Margaret, rolled into Austin around 2 p.m. last Saturday. She is a volunteer chaplain with Samaritan’s Purse. Mom had been serving with Samaritan’s Purse in the tornado recovery in Van, Texas.

Seven hours later, we were huddled together in the closet because of a tornado warning in Austin. Historic floods and storms swept through Texas and much of the central United States. Less than 48 hours later, we were back in the closet for a second round of tornado warnings accompanied by flash flood warnings.

THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT GOOD AND BLESSED

It’s true! I’m jumping for joy with my friend Kristen, but we discovered a surprising truth on this photo shoot. I am officially a dork when it comes to jumping. I am not good at, nor am I blessed with jumping skills.

The trampoline was in place. Kristen said, “Jump a few times and then bend your knees and swing your feet out to the side as you jump for joy.” I’m an athlete. This sounded easy.

I began to gently go up and down. Each attempt to jump higher revealed that my feet were like velcro on the small trampoline. Kristen coaxed and encouraged me, bounce by bounce, to get the perfect jump.

Ginger Craddock jumping for joy in Austin, TX

Kristen is an excellent photographer. She was able to get the perfect shot against difficult odds. In this photo, my toes were barely two inches off of the trampoline!

The surprising truth about a good and blessed life is much like the lessons I learned that day about my severely limited jumping ability.

When was the last time you were surprised by the limitations of our own ability to do something well? Limitations reveal themselves in your work, at home, in your marriage, in parenting, and in every aspect of life.

How you handle limitations will determine your effectiveness

in meeting your goals at home and at work.

HOW TO TRANSFORM LIMITATIONS INTO BLESSINGS

  • Recognize your limitation. I was unaware of my inept ability to jump properly until I stepped up onto the trampoline.
  • Reorganize to find a solution. After several clumsy attempts at jumping high into the sky it was confirmed a new solution was needed.
  • Reposition the team. Kristen repositioned herself to accommodate my limitations.
  • Reap the blessings. I jumped high into the sky with the Austin skyscrapers!

Proverbs 16 in the Bible reveals a surprising truth about how you can find good and be blessed.

“He who gives attention to the word will find good,

and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20

What limitation have you recognized in your life? It’s time to reorganize and find a solution for that limitation in the word of God, the Bible.

Next, you will need to reposition your team or family by taking action. Practice, practice, practice and you will reap the blessing of a life lived well trusting in the Lord. You can find joy in the journey.

QUESTION: Where do you need to find good and be blessed in your life today? Share your answer on Facebook or Twitter.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

ALWAYS CHOOSE TO FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY

Life is good. Life is gritty. You have a choice to make in how you handle the ups and downs of life.

Long ago in my twenties when life required more than I could bear, I made a decision. As I look back, that single decision has stabilized my life in the good and the gritty circumstances.

THE DECISION:  Always choose to find joy in the journey.

Where do you find yourself today in the midst of the good and the grit?