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Coach Mom Newsletter - JAN 2012

My New Year's Resolution

My one New Year’s resolution for 2012: to be a button sender. When did I get this epiphany? Yesterday when sitting in Starbuck’s listening to my dear friend Nancy tell a wonderful story.

One day Nancy received in the mail an envelope with some buttons from a friend. She included a note saying God had told her to send the buttons.  Nancy and her husband got a good laugh out of it, and she tossed the buttons in her sewing machine drawer.

Years later, already having a son and daughter, Nancy and Roy felt led to adopt a girl they had been foster parenting. Though their case worker discouraged them from doing so, they pushed through all the obstacles and were able to officially adopt Rebecca six months later.

Friends were generous to pass on to them clothes to outfit their new daughter. One day Nancy pulled Rebecca’s overalls out of the dryer to see they were missing a button. Wait a minute! Could it be?

She rushed to her sewing machine, opened the drawer and pulled out the buttons she had received in the mail years before. They were gold with the words “SHOT GUN RIFLE” inscribed. An exact match with the one on the overalls.

Years before Nancy had a need, God had already provided. Through a friend who had an ear turned toward God, and was willing to do something that made no sense to her (or Nancy) at the time.

Lord, please use me in 2012 as your button sender. You know everything past, present, and future and are always at work to fulfill your purposes. It is a privilege to be your servant, and one of my greatest joys is to be involved in your work. I am here at your call. May I follow you so closely that I don’t miss one assignment. Turn my eyes away from the worthless things of this world and toward eternal things. Tune my ears to the Holy Spirit’s whispered promptings. May I be faithful to do all that you call me to do, even if it sounds as crazy as mailing buttons to a friend. Astonish me and bring glory to yourself through your great care of the detail of your children’s lives. I praise your Holy Name. Amen.

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Whip Procrastination This Year!

Do you have a goal that seems overwhelming? Maybe you can get it done by working on it a little at a time. For example, would you like to get some dressers organized? If you commit to organizing just two drawers a day for five days, you will have at least one dresser organized in a week.

If that doesn’t work for you, you might do better with a timer. Ask yourself if you can spend 30 minutes a day chipping away at a big project, knowing that when the timer goes off each day, you’ve given yourself permission to move on to something else.  

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Healthy Food Feature: Kiwi Fruit

No need to avoid kiwis because they are hard to peel! Just cut them in half and scoop out with a spoon.

In a Rutgers University study of the 27 most popular fruits, kiwifruit was first. Just one serving of kiwifruit contains more potassium than a banana, the vitamin C of two oranges and the fiber
in a bowl of bran! 

For more ideas on healthy snacks, visit Brenna's blog.

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Stull Family Reflections on 2011

What do a drowned cell phone, an ambulance ride, poolside babes and a full-ride Baylor scholarship have in common? Click here to find out!

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