Its that time of year again, time for new goals and resolutions. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. I pretty much HATE resolutions. Without fail, I will FAIL at achieving resolutions. Goals make me stressed and teary, just ask the trainer at my gym. Life happens and I get off track, never getting back on. Resolutions just don’t work for me. Ever.
A few years ago, I wanted to choose a word to focus on for the year. That year, the word was “Grace” because I realized that forgiveness is one thing, but grace is completely different. I needed to dive into the word “Grace” and how it played a factor into my life at the time. The Lord had done some work on me regarding forgiveness that year, but grace was where I struggled.
I jumped into a word study on “Grace”. I researched the meaning. I studied the every verse in the Bible that referred to grace. I also read several books on the theme of grace. That year of studying was unforgettable and I grew in my faith as I learned how impactful God’s grace is on my life, having grace for myself, as well as having grace for others.
Therefore, I am jumping into this whole “word of the year” thing again. The last couple of years have been HARD. Moving twice and a year dealing with a fibromyalgia diagnosis has left me drained spiritually, mentally, and physically. I need a year of renewal. I need to “renew” my spirit, my mind, and my body.
To be spiritually renewed, I want to focus more on prayer at the beginning of my day. Even just a few minutes talking to God about the day and laying it at his feet for direction. I need a more intentional prayer time that focuses on my family, friends, and personal struggles.
For mental renewal, I have wanted to read the Bible through for a long time. I debated reading through chronologically because the Bible isn’t set up that way. Then I heard someone talking about the reading plan in my new “She Reads Truth Bible”. The plan takes you through 4 different books at the Bible, one chapter at a time. The chapters appear to be random, but after reading for two days, I love the connections and parallels I am seeing between the books.
Physical renewal is the most challenging for me so, I have joined a gym. Its not the fanciest facility, but it is convenient and easy. One motivation to join came from my daughter who desperately needs time at the gym to help with her chronic pain. While going to the gym is not my favorite, I’m hoping it will become a major stress reliever.
Some years, resolutions, goals, or even words to live by were not possible. If I had any word, it would have been “no” or better yet “survive”. If that’s where you find yourself in 2019, you’re not alone. The circumstances of life sometimes have us taking our days “moment by moment”. Those were the years I forced myself to count what small blessings I could find. The little gifts are there. The air that fills your lungs and the blood that runs through your veins could simply give you the word “live”. Live with meaning, with purpose. If your best day involves a shower, making it to work, or feeding your little ones…do that. Live in those moments.
Perhaps your resolutions could be come more or less like experiments, as one of my favorite podcasters, Annie F. Downs, shares. What would your life look like if you ate more vegetables for a year? Or drank less alcohol? Or spent less time on social media? Choosing an experiment makes the act of making and failing at resolutions less, well, resolute.
However you choose to begin 2019, hold your head up. You weren’t the same as you were a year ago, nor will you be the same in 2020. What if you simply chose to be better? Strive to be kinder than the person you were yesterday. Don’t overthink it. Talk to God about what you could do to be a little better than you were yesterday. You might find He has plenty of ideas in mind.
Happy New Year!