January 1, 2012

happy new year!

Boy, am I excited about 2012! I'm not sure why, but I just am. I am looking at this new year as a new opportunity and a fresh start. As Oprah says, it's another year to get it right.

I didn't make any New Year resolutions because I have NEVER been able to stick to them and they create more stress than I need right now. I am, however, committed to doing a few things this year or the next, or however long it takes me.

I was inspired by a friend of mine who posted that he read the Bible from cover to cover in 18 months. I want to do that. I found a calendar online that breaks it down so that you can read it in a year. I am not going to put that much pressure on myself - but I am going to do it, no matter how long it takes me. If you're interested in such a thing, you can find a calendar here. It lists the scriptures in chronological order, which I think is very cool (plus I like things linear. I blame my OCD). I just want to read it in the order in which it happened. I'm pretty sure it will be a great story ;)

Of course, I want to lose weight and de-clutter my house and be a better wife and mom and do volunteer work and make a difference and etc. etc. I always want to do those things. But I saw on our church's Facebook page to wait until today's message before committing to a resolution. So, I did. And I'm glad I did. Our pastor asked us to ask God what ONE THING He wants to do in our lives. Since we always make a laundry list of all the things we want to do in the new year and we crap out on almost all of them by Valentine's Day, I thought this was a fresh perspective.

He challenged us to ask ourselves the following questions:

1. What ONE thing do I desire from God? (Whoa, I have like, ten things).
2. What ONE thing am I missing?
3. What ONE thing do I need to let go?
4. What ONE promise do I need to hold onto?

In other words, if God was to tell you that He would do anything for you this year, what would it be?

Holy moly. Talk about challenging!

I don't have the answer to that first question yet. I am needing to take a few days to decide which of the many things I desire is the most important/most immediate. Whatever that is will be the only "resolution" I make this year. I would rather grow in ONE area and change my life in ONE way than commit to a thousand, superficial things that never pan out. Agreed?

I pray you all (whoever you are) have a wonderful and blessed 2012. Here's to good things to come!
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