Sunday, December 30, 2012
What do you 'Resolve' to do in 2013??
I have a love/hate relationship with New Years Resolutions. On the one hand I can see them being beneficial to better ourselves in the New Year. To plan for better times, for more discipline, and to lose weight is always at the top of the list. Typically good changes are to come if they are followed through.. IF
The hate part is that I rarely get past the first month and the new plans and goals have flown out the window!
To combat this I thought I would instead of planning Resolutions for the entire New Year, to plan some simply for January. To have a year 'Theme', but to take each month as it comes and evaluate where I am at, and where I think God wants me to be.
I find it often the missing link as I resolve to do #1, #2, and #3, that I had neglected to seek God God in what key things He would have me resolve to do. I can put a lot of emphasis on losing weight, on getting up earlier to an alarm clock, or to make sure to teach my kids Latin, but are those the plans God has for me?
I found a beautiful note on FB that spoke to me as a 2013 theme!
My heart's desire, more of Jesus, less of me! How will this look for one month at a time?
Top of my list is His Word, being in the forefront of learning and listening for what He will resolve for me to do. Have you read the Bible all of the way through? I am disgusted to say I haven't. How can I miss out on reading the letter from my best friend for so long. I read it, yes, pretty much daily, but not in it's entirety.
It takes 30 days to create a habit, and my goal for January is to make God's word my habit. How freeing to focus on just this one thing.
Of course I should exercise more, eat healthier, play with my kids more.. but I have a feeling that by seeking this top priority of God's word, that He will bless me in the other areas as well, providing for the time and motivation to reach additional goals, when I resolve to put Him first.
What resolves do you want to put out there for January? I would love to pray for you and encourage you to work toward these goals that God has laid on your heart. I have a notebook that I am going to physically write these requests down and lay them at the feet of the Father. If you don't feel comfortable leaving a message below simply send me an email and I will put it on my list. I am praying that I can each month add to the list of Resolves that God has for me, as I embrace 2013 and the Resolutions in a Love relationship.. with the Father.
God bless your New Year!!