Josh Christophersen

Reign In Life

A Simple Travel Packing List So You Won’t Forget Anything


This is a packing list I’ve been using and tweaking for about twenty years. I love it because when I use it I don’t forget anything and it takes away the need to rack my brain trying to figure out if I’m missing anything. If I follow the list I can leave confident that I have everything I need.


  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants & Shorts
  • Dress Clothes
  • Swimming Suits
  • Pajamas
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Sandals/Crocs


  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving Cream
  • Shaver
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Glasses
  • Contacts
  • Extra Contacts
  • Contact Solution
  • Face Cleaner
  • Chapstick
  • Powder
  • Makeup
  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
  • Medication
  • Hand Wipes
  • Birth Control
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Insect Repellant
  • Towels
  • Wash Cloths

To Do List

  • Get Cash
  • Buy Snacks/Beverages
  • Hold Mail
  • Check Fluids
  • Get Gas
  • Empty Garbages
  • Water Plants
  • Buy/Organize Music
  • Check Fridge
  • Get Ice
  • Turn Down Heat/AC


  • Bible
  • Books
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Maps
  • Hotel Info
  • Wallets
  • Money
  • Toll Money
  • Extra Car Key
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Jewelry
  • Pocket Knife
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Laundry Bag
  • Fan
  • Jumper Cables
  • Umbrella

Food & Water

  • Snacks
  • Soda
  • Water
  • Water Bottles
  • Ice Packs
  • Coolers
  • Vitamins


  • Golf Discs
  • Golf Clubs
  • Beach Stuff
  • Beach Towels
  • Floatation Devices
  • Life Jackets
  • Fishing Poles
  • Games

Kids Stuff

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Extra Nuks
  • Pack N’ Play
  • Blankets
  • Eating Chairs
  • Bottles
  • Nursing Pump
  • Books & Toys
  • Stroller
  • Bug Net
  • Hair Stuff
  • Monitor
  • Bassinet
  • Swing
  • Night Light
  • Bibs
  • Walker


  • Camera
  • Camera USB
  • Camera Charger
  • iPod
  • iPod Charger
  • Headphones
  • Hands Free Headset
  • Headset USB
  • Headset Charger
  • Computer/Tablet
  • Computer/Tablet Power Cord
  • Computer Mouse
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Cell Phone USB
  • Cell Phone Bluetooth
  • Car Outlet Adapter
  • Flashlights
  • Travel Alarm
  • DVDs
  • Portable DVD Player

What am I missing?

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Shocking Videos Of Abortion Counselors Views On Infanticide


The Kermit Gosnell case has brought abortion and infanticide to the forefront and now a group called LiveAction has released two undercover videos of abortion counselors answering questions from a woman who’s 23 weeks pregnant about how they would handle her baby being born alive.

The answers to her questions are absolutely appalling.

Investigation #1: Bronx, NY

Investigation #2: Washington, D.C.

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3801 Lancaster – Kermit Gosnell Documentary [VIDEO]


You may or may not have heard of the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Media really wasn’t covering the story until Kirsten Powers’ brave column in USA Today.  Shortly after #Gosnell started trending on Twitter, and here and there major media outlets started covering the story.

The following is a 21 minute documentary about what went on in Gosnell’s clinic.  It’s horrifying, but I encourage you to watch it.  One of the worst things that can happen is for us to grow numb to this sort of thing.  Documentaries like this keep us awake.

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Down Syndrome Restaurant Owner [VIDEO]

I dedicate this video to my down syndrome brother-in-law, Jo-Jo. Never give up on your dreams Jo-Jo.

First Steps In Rethinking My Children’s Education [VIDEOS]


I’m in the process of rethinking how my wife and I educate our children.

I’m officially done letting the standards set by my local school district be my standard.  I’ve begun the process of thinking, praying, and researching in order to figure out a better way of educating my children.  I believe that current education methods need to be drastically overhauled.

I’m not going to wait for the overhaul to take place.  Home schooling affords me the opportunity to think out of the box and to try different approaches, now.

I don’t want my kids to be mediocre.  I want my kids to live lives that can’t be ignored.

The first step I’m taking is getting specific vision for each of my kids.  I’m brainstorming a list of the attributes and skills I want my kids to have when my wife and I are done being the primary educators of our children.  Things like being able to speak a foreign language, knowing how to think, good people skills, gender specific skills, bible knowledge, learning a musical instrument, specifics related to calling, how to determine what’s really important, specific math skills, good handwriting, etc.

The second step is figuring out the best way to get there and throwing out anything we’re currently doing that’s taking us in the wrong direction.

Here are three videos that have been inspiring me along the way:

The following video is an example of an alternative teaching method that I’m considering using.  It’s called the Khan Academy and it’s one way in which technology is changing the way we educate.

The next video is a TED Talk where Seth Godin asks a simple but extremely important question. “What is school for?

This last video is part of The Future Project.  These guys are thinking of ways to get young people to go after their dreams and get excited about school.

What other resources do I need to know about?

UPDATE: I’m adding the following video:

Ken Robinson nails it in this video on rethinking education.

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Inspiring Adoption Story [VIDEO]

This is an amazing and inspiring video of how the Dennehy’s gave the gift of ‘family’ to nine children from around the world. Some of the children have no arms.  This family is incarnating the adoptive heart of God.

I found this video on, which is a great website. There you will find other inspiring videos and some great ideas on how to “live generously”. Check it out.

How To Make Moving Suck Less

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I’ve moved many people over the years. Some of those moves went great. Some were a nightmare.

I remember being on a missions trip in Charlotte, NC where a group of us volunteered to move a family that none of us knew. I’ll never forget that image of the family smiling and waving at us from the breakfast table when we walked in that Saturday morning.

Not one thing was packed and there wasn’t a box to be seen anywhere. The whole family was sitting at the breakfast table eating breakfast. It pretty much went downhill from there.

Here’s some practical tips to make your move run smooth and to make things as easy and enjoyable for those who will be helping you:

Before The Move

  • Rent a truck (make sure you rent it in advance as some weekends don’t have trucks available)
  • Don’t skimp on the truck size. It’s worth the extra money to make sure you have enough space to make it in one trip.
  • Ask people to help and confirm who will be there to help you move. Don’t assume; you know what that does.
  • Ask a lot of people “Many hands make light work
  • Give people early notice and remind them when it gets closer for the best possible turnout
  • Plan to move everything over in one trip (movers lose motivation when they have to come back for multiple trips)
  • Pick a good time to move (after people are done working on a weekday or a Saturday morning – Saturday mornings usually work best)
  • Start early but not too early (give people some sleep but don’t blow their whole day if you don’t have to)
  • Pack everything you can (it’s very demotivating to arrive at a move and to see a bunch of stuff that should be packed sitting there unpacked)
  • Don’t use big boxes for heavy items (like books). This makes the boxes too heavy to carry.
  • Use enough tape on boxes so they don’t break open, and if you’re using garbage bags, make sure they are strong enough
  • Mark on your boxes what room the box will be going in at the new house
  • Label each room in the new house so movers know where the boxes go without having to overwhelm the person moving with unnecessary questions about where things go
  • Make sure kids are being watched at a different location so they are not in the way of the movers and so that no one gets hurt
  • Promote incentives to prospective movers when you ask them to help you (donuts, lunch, one trip, everything’s packed, lots of people will be helping, etc.)
  • Don’t forget to have all the utilities set up beforehand (water, electric, gas, internet, cable, etc.)
  • Check the new house to see if your dryer cord matches the outlet and plan to get a new cord or outlet if needed (3 or 4 prong)
  • When taking things apart, put the hardware in a baggie so nothing gets lost

During The Move

  • Have donuts ready for movers as they arrive and use the presence of these donuts to motivate movers to show up (donuts are very motivational)
  • Pick a good Tetris player to stay in the truck and pack the items for maximum use of space and so that you only need to do one trip
  • Wear a weight belt for proper back support (you look like a dork but at least you can walk at 40)
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Leave your ego at home when lifting heavy objects (get help)
  • When loading, finish whole rooms when possible to get a sense of accomplishment
  • Have lunch ready for movers at the new house (it’s usually better to eat lunch after everything is unloaded, but sometimes it’s nice to have a break)
  • If you’re the person moving, don’t unload; direct traffic for the movers. Stay by the truck and let them know where everything goes. This makes things go much faster.
  • Have someone cleaning the old house while you are unloading into the new one
  • Load some fragile stuff into cars so they don’t break in the truck
  • Have basic tools available for the load and the unload

After The Move

  • See if people will help setup beds (you’re going to be exhausted at the end of the day and setting up your beds is the last thing you are going to want to do then)
  • Utilize heavy lifters for rearranging of any heavy furniture before they leave

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10 Tips For Effective Goal Setting

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Here are 10 tips for effective goal setting and my 25 goals for 2013 as an example.

  1. Success motivates, failure demotivates.

    Start yourself off with some goals with a high probability for success.  A lot of people set themselves up for failure by starting off too big.  The small wins will motivate you for the bigger.

  2. Goal setting without faith is goal setting without heart.

    Your heart wasn’t meant to live for the possible.  Do it a favor and give it something to shoot for that’s impossible without God.  That will keep your heart in it.

  3. Set faith goals, not foolish ones.

    There’s a difference between faith and foolishness.  Set goals proportionate to the measure of faith you’ve been given. (Rom 12:3)

  4. Do a few things and a few things well. 

    One thing I’ve noticed is that every year my list of goals gets shorter.  Year by year I’m learning how to set goals proportionate to my faith reality.

  5. Get your goals for the year by the 31st of January, not the 1st.

    I know conventional wisdom says to start the year off running on January 1st with your New Year’s resolutions, but I think January is a much more conducive month for goal-setting than December.   The hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the unreality of time off and partying, don’t lend themselves to effective goal setting.  Let the cold of January and the reality of returning to your job, smack you in the face with a little goal-setting sobriety.

  6. “A goal without a plan is a wish.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Setting goals is step one.  A plan is step two.

  7. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.

    Take some time each year to evaluate how you did, so you can tweak things accordingly.

  8. If you notice that the same goal is not being met year after year

    You should probably change the goal, the plan, or the amount of goals

  9. Focus on what you got done, not on what you didn’t.

    It’s not necessarily about the percentage of goals you meet, but about what you got done by having goals that you wouldn’t have gotten done had you not set goals.  If you only meet 25% of your goals, that’s still 25% more you got done than if you had not set any goals at all.

  10. Set goals every year.

    I started setting goals for the year in 2009.  I continued in 2010 and 2011.  I never got around to setting goals in 2012 and I definitely noticed a difference.  Keep at it.

Here’s an example of a list of goals.  These are my goals for 2013.

Category Goal
1 Spirit Set aside time to read and/or pray everyday
2 Spirit Fast weekly
3 Study Study mission
4 Study Read a book a month
5 Marriage Drastically decrease responding in frustration
6 Marriage Pray with my wife everyday
7 Marriage Date my wife weekly
8 Marriage Lessen my wife’s workload by taking some of it on myself
9 Children Regularily teach kids the Bible
10 Children Take kids on regular dates
11 Children Develop my son as a man
12 Children Create a board game with the kids
13 Church Make corporate prayer a greater priority
14 Church Remodel building for prayer and worship
15 Church Win souls
16 Church Build people
17 Blog Guest post on other blogs
18 Blog Do more video
19 Blog Post at least three times a week
20 Blog Write an ebook
21 Job Learn latest web development technology
22 Possessions Cement backyard
23 Body Work out regularily
24 Body Develop and follow a regular diet plan
25 Body Lose my gut

2012 Book List


2012 wasn’t my best year for reading. I only finished 10 books.

I did read some good ones though. I read:

  • three different books on marriage (each good in completely different ways)
  • one on the church
  • one on blogging (which is a must read for anyone with a blog or wanting to start one especially)
  • one on boys (which had some incredible nuggets)
  • one on strengthening yourself in the Lord
  • one on the fear of the Lord
  • one on creativity
  • and one on the attributes of God (which is now one of my new favorite books of all time- life changing!)

Here’s the complete list:

I usually like to read at least 24 books a year.  Here’s how I do it:

How To Read 24 Books In A Year

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