Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ashley: New Year New List.

So we began 3 years ago. And I for the most part failed. I've been thinking a lot lately about my life, and the things I'd like to change about it, thing's I'd like to learn, and the things I want to work towards. So I'm starting again, but I'm changing a few things based on what I learned from this last go:

1. 1001 things is a lot of things. Even for a nearly 3-year period. It works better for me to add things as I go. So I don't end up with crazy-stupid things (like making 365 dresses), and actually fill my list with things that are meaningful, useful, and purposeful. If I can only accomplish 100 really important to me things in 1001 and one days, I'll probably be happier about that than accomplishing 1001 arbitrary things.

2. I get overwhelmed easily, really easily. So I'm biting off my list in chunks of five things at a time. At least as far as the bigger things. On my personal blog, I've made a list of five big goals for 2013, and doing five additional goals each month. The monthly goals are smaller, less vague or broad. All of these will be added to my list.

3. I've decided that each time I complete something I'm going to put some money aside. One of my goals is to start each paycheck with a savings deposit, and I'd like to add a little to that for accomplishing goals. Smaller amounts for smaller goals, larger amounts for larger goals.

As of now there are only 13 things on my list, and I'm planning to add more as I go along in the journey. I hope you all join in/follow along!


  1. Love it!! and love the new layout :)


    Is water baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Yes, in order to accept God's free gift of salvation men must be immersed in water.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    The outward sign is the immersion in water. The inward grace is the forgiveness of sins we receive by following the command of Jesus to be baptized in water. There is no inward grace granted until men are immersed in water baptism. Baptism is not a sign that we have already been saved. Baptism is a sign that believers in Christ are being saved.

    1 Peter 3:20-21 ....safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

    The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is that baptism saves through an appeal to God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If men do not confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, believe that He is the Son of God and believe that God raised Him from the dead, and make the commitment to turn from sin and turn to God, then, of course your baptism will not save you. Baptism is the final step before receiving forgiveness of sins. Water baptism is the point that the blood of Jesus washes away your sins.

    Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgression and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

    The outward sign is being buried with Jesus in the watery grave of baptism. The inward grace is being made spiritually alive with Christ, having our transgressions forgiven. We are dead in our transgression before we are buried with Christ in water baptism. We are made alive and have our transgressions forgiven after baptism, not before.

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is being clothed with Christ. You are not baptized into Christ because you have already been clothed with Christ. The clothing does not precede, being baptized into Christ.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace of salvation follows believing and being baptized in water.


    1. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

    The outward sign is confession. The inward grace is salvation.

    2. WATER IMMERSION: Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved...

    The outward sign is baptism. The inward grace is salvation.


    What must I do to be saved? FAITH John 3:16 REPENTANCE Acts 2:38 CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10 BAPTISM Mark 16:16

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)