Happy New Years my beautiful friends!
Even though I am thankful that 2016 is behind me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having the experiences and the challenges that I did last year. I have grown in my reliance on the Lord in difficult situations as I continually lay my desires at His feet, trusting Him in all situations. Despite hardship, I recognize that God has been good to me.
Although I do not make resolutions, I am setting a few goals for myself this year. For 2017, God has called me to commit all areas of my life to Him. You can read about my One Word choice and how it found me here.
Today, God has been revealing in greater detail three distinct areas He’s called me to focus on this year.
In order to commit my heart fully to God, I must engage myself in daily reading of His Word and prayer. I was not always on target with this last year. Matter of fact, I would allow days to go by at a time before allowing the Holy Spirit to bring fresh revelation from His Word.
In order to help me accomplish this, I will be committing to read chronologically through the Message Bible this year. I have never read The Message Bible, and already on day one, my heart is coming alive as I am reading. This is helping me to naturally flow into prayer and thanksgiving.
If you’d like to join me, I have a Facebook group for those reading chronologically through The Message this year. Click the image below to request to join the group.
In order to commit my home fully to God, I must give greater time and attention to my family, and gain control over the mess in my home. I can tend to be a little selfish with my time. It’s hard working full time, homeschooling and trying to run a blog. But my family comes first next to God, so I must schedule my time better in order to give them the time and attention they deserve.
One thing I am doing to gain control over my mess is by participating in the Declutter 365: A Year of 15 Minute Decluttering Missions. I just started today by preparing my sale and donation bins, and already they are both almost half full. Each day I will do a 15 minute task to declutter an area in my home. I can’t wait to see what I accomplish!
In order to commit my health fully to God, I must begin to eat better, exercise and get more sleep. This is an ongoing area of struggle for me, but I am going to really try to focus on eating healthy and nutritional foods, walking and going to bed a little earlier (which is so hard since I’m such a night owl).
One thing I am doing to help me in this area is by trying to incorporate more whole foods into my diet, abstaining from processed sugar and drinking more water.
If I can stay on track with these goals, I will have a full heart, a peaceful home and restored health in 2017.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
251. Lighter days at work so I can clean and organize my desk.
252. Fun and laughter with co-workers.
253. God giving me a job that I honestly love.
254. A monetary donation from a person I’ve never met who lives in Hungary.
255. All His promises are YES and AMEN!
256. A renewed focus for 2017!
257. He enlarges my capacity to receive more from Him.
258. I need Thee every hour!
259. Behold! He makes ALL things NEW!
260. Putting behind the past, and moving forward with hope and expectation.
Have you made any goals for this New Year? I would love for you to share in the comments below.
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