Glimpses, One Word 2017

When You Wane In Your Commitment // Glimpses Link Up

It’s Sunday night and I’m thoroughly exhausted. I’ve been on the go all day until about 8:30PM. We had our last Christmas celebration with family and after church I had errands to run, food to make and a house to clean. The Plantar Fasciitis in my left heel is unbearable. I’m thankful for some time to sit, to connect, to read, and just write a little bit.

When my OneWord focus came to me near the end of December, I new it was going to be a challenge. After all, when you have a word like “Commit” and you falter just a little bit, the enemy has a field day.

January 1st came and I was so full of energy. I got up early to read the first day in my chronological journey of The Message Bible, and got my Declutter 365 off to a great start.

January 2nd was a good day. I was on track with my reading and stayed on target with my 15 minute decluttering missions.

January 3rd found me exhausted and really having to push through to get up early to read. There was no decluttering on that day.

January 4th and 5th were hard….just plain hard. I read, but my mind wasn’t absorbing the material. Declutter? No, I was too tired.

After those days, I completely waned in my commitments. I was spent, out of energy and just plain uncommitted.

I allowed the enemy to beat me up for a day or so and then I turned to my friends in the Facebook group I created to read chronologically though the Message. They embraced me, faults and all, and helped me to realize that this is not a race. There are going to be days where I may not feel as though I’m doing anything that I’m supposed to be doing. It may be mechanical, this daily reading. The decluttering may be overwhelming, but I have to keep going. Because when you commit to something, it doesn’t mean things will go perfectly.

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I believe commitment is an attitude of the heart. And sometimes our heart can still long for something even though our mind and actions don’t yet follow. I was so afraid to take on this word for the year because I am so hard on myself when I perform less than perfectly. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not committed. This life is not about performance. It’s a journey.

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In marriage, we struggle to agree, to put the other first, but we are still committed.
In child rearing, we are stretched and often feel unqualified, but we are still committed.

In life, we are often thrown off path, but we are still committed to finish the race.

I may get knocked down,
but commitment causes me to rise back up again out of the ashes.
I may get discouraged,
but commitment causes me to reach down deep for the light of His hope.
I may get lazy in attitude,
but commitment stirs my heart to repentance and helps me begin again.

So today, on January 9th, I’m beginning again. My word this year is COMMIT and I am taking two steps forward, after having taken several back, and allowing Him to guide me back to the commitments I made just one weak ago.

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #261-270

261. New Year’s movie night with my husband and son.
262. Sleeping in on New Year’s Day.
263. Setting up sell and donate stations for my Declutter365
264. Getting started on homeschool planning for 2nd semester
265. Enjoying a new way to read the Word of God via The Message Bible
266. He dances over me with joy!
267. $2 movie tickets. Thank you T-Mobile Tuesdays!
268. A dentist willing to allow payments for my root canal (not fun!)
269. He is captivated by just one glance of my eye.
270. The wonder of how joy and heartache can co-exit.

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38 thoughts on “When You Wane In Your Commitment // Glimpses Link Up”

  1. Lesley says:

    Commitment is definitely not always easy. I agree, it will never work out perfectly but I’m glad you are keeping going and that you found people to encourage you.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Lesley! I appreciate you.

    1. Barbie says:

      It’s so true. Life is too short not to enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by Jodie!

  2. Bev @ Walking Well With God says:

    I commend you for taking on a toughie of a word – Commit. Oh how easy it is to want to give up when things don’t go smoothly. Like you said, Commit is for the long haul. It means getting knocked down, but allowing God to pick you back up and try again. I’ll be cheering you on!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Bev. Have a blessed week.

  3. Michele Morin says:

    His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!
    Thanks for grabbing hold of the truth and persevering!

    1. Barbie says:

      AMEN! Thanks for these reminders Michele!

  4. Nicki Schroeder says:

    I don’t do the One Word thing. Mostly because God doesn’t really work in my life that way. 🙂 But I do like your word Barbie and I think it’s a great thing to focus on…and maybe in the process of committing He will teach you about the beauty of His grace in those moments when we can’t do it without Him! Happy New Year beautiful lady. May God provide blessings and hope as you go about your week. xoxo

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for your constant encouragement Nicki! I certainly need to learn about the beauty of His grace.

  5. June says:

    Sweet Barbie, I’m glad your FB group was there to encourage you and set you back on the right path. I’m doing an online course right now with Jeanne Oliver and a quote from Christa Parocki on day two may speak to you:

    “He won’t love you better when you become better.” She goes on to say, “Perfection is draining and sucks the life out of things.” I’ve certainly found this to be true.

    As you so wisely said, it’s an attitude of the heart. As long as we’re seeking Him we always have grace for those times we fail and need to start again. His mercy is new *every* morning. Not just on Mondays, lol 🙂 Blessings, my friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      I love that quote June. I must print it out and keep it in front of me. I’m so thankful that He doesn’t only dish out grace on Mondays!

  6. Lisa notes says:

    Yes–> “I believe commitment is an attitude of the heart. And sometimes our heart can still long for something even though our mind and actions don’t yet follow.” Don’t be too hard on yourself, Barbie. We all have good days/bad days, and thankfully the Lord knows that already! Blessings to you as you walk out your word.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Lisa or taking the time to stop by and encourage my heart. Have a blessed week.

  7. Nita says:

    Commitment is a great way God shows us how we are slipping. There are things I did without difficulty in my time with God, my family and for myself and without realizing it, I’d start over booking myself and get distracted and my commitment to what was most important started to suffer. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Barbie says:

      That’s so true Nita. No matter how it may look on the outside, I’m committed to follow through. Thank you for stopping by.

  8. Trudy says:

    Try to give yourself grace, Barbie. I’m glad your FB friends were so gracious and supportive. As you say, commitment is an attitude of the heart and it’s not about performance. God be with you and fill your heart with His endless love and grace! Love and hugs!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Trudy. I appreciate you!

  9. Gayl says:

    Barbie, that is a tough word, but I love that you are giving yourself grace, realizing that commitment doesn’t mean perfection. We can be so hard on ourselves when things don’t go as we expect and we fall back. But thanks be to God that He is with us and picks up back up again to keep moving forward. Blessings to you!

    1. Barbie says:

      AMEN! I’m so thankful God doesn’t give up on me. Have a blessed week Gayl!

  10. Patricia Krank says:

    Commit. A good word but also a hard word, especially when we fail. It has been something I’ve beaten myself up for in the past when I couldn’t stick to it but I’m thankful for God’s grace that encourages me to pick myself up and keep going. Even in hard circumstances when all we can do is the next right thing.
    Thank you and God bless you in this new year Barbie.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Patti! Be blessed!

  11. Mary Geisen says:

    It is okay my friend! I have been wondering myself what it takes to begin strong and persevere throughout the year. The reason so many resolutions fail is that we know how to begin string but we don’t know how to sustain the work if we make a mistake. You do know what to do because you have God by your side ready to pick you back up again.

    You can do this with God’s strength. Begin again everyday if you need to because He has your back.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Mary. He certainly does give us the grace to begin anew every day. That’s where His mercies are new every morning come in. Hugs!

  12. bluecottonmemory says:

    When our dog Sadie was a puppy and we took her outside off the leash, if we looked at her straight in the eye when we called her, she would lower her head still looking up, making eye-contact and then as I’d move toward her because she didn’t want to come, she’d take off running. Goals, like de-cluttering or cleaning, or organizing – or anything is always like that with me. I’ve learned, however, just like we did with Sadie. We learned that if we didn’t make eye-contact with her, if we focused on something else, she was more easily herded to our will. It’s like that with my goals. If I set the goals, but don’t approach it as a forceful challenge, I am more likely to achieve that challenge. Wishing you success in your Year of Commitment! – and as you focus on commitment, praying you are able to herd decluttering into where you need it to be! ~ Shalom!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much. I’m learning that it’s no so much about following a list, or a calendar of “to do’s”, but rather trying to accomplish a few small decluttering tasks each week. Blessings!

  13. Sarah Koontz says:

    Such a beautiful and complex word for 2017. Can’t wait to see how the Lord blesses your commitment 😉

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Sarah!

  14. Lux G. says:

    Commitment is doing it even when the mood you’re in when you said it is gone. This is a great reminder.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lux!

  15. Candace Playforth says:

    What a great word for the year, Barbie! I may have to copy it :). I really struggle with commitment. I’m a great starter, but follow through is not one of my strengths. I’m lucky to get through an entire book these days. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Barbie says:

      You’re welcome Candace. It’s a challenging one for sure but I can’t wait to see how it plays out in my life this year.

  16. Mitzi says:

    “This life is not about performance. It’s a journey.” Very, very true! I think that in a lot of things…there are stages….not everything is so clean cut. So even in the “Commitment” there are stages….some days you can commit just a little…while other days you can commit 100%. Have Faith & don’t get discouraged….commit to the degree that your life, your heart…your body allows….and then the next day begin anew with a clean state. Just watch how far you’ll go.

    1. Barbie says:

      So much wisdom in this encouragement Mitzi. I tend to push myself where it’s either all or nothing. I think it’s okay to have days where I will only be able to commit 50% of the way. Thank you!

  17. Joy Lenton says:

    This really spoke to me. I’m always giving myself a hard time when I can’t follow through on my own inner goals for the day. So I tend to write down something simple like “make coffee” or “tidy the bed” because there’s a very strong chance of those things getting done, and oh how good we feel when we can cross something off our never ending ‘To Do’ list! I’ve had to learn to yield to Holy Spirit inspiration far more than my own inclinations. Despite having chronic illness I still hope to manage a task or two a day. It can be so hard to give ourselves grace, can’t it? I love how your thinking changes throughout this post, coming to a place where we can exhale with you, let our souls breathe and not beat ourselves up about what is left undone—and in my home that’s most things, most days! Thank you, Barbie, for this needful word and for your commitment to write here no matter how you’re feeling. It’s really helpful when you share these life lessons. Blessings and hugs to you! xo <3

    1. Barbie says:

      Joy, I am thankful that my words are encouraging. I don’t know how else to share but from my own, messy yet beautiful life. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

  18. Dawn Boyer says:

    Commit is a faith word Barbie and like our faith walk, it takes time and lots of grace. Praying your heart feels encouraged and uplifted that you did totally stay committed and praying that you will find the extra energy less pain this week to keep going. Praying for you!!!

    Also, the PF in your foot, I have been there, friend, and it hurts! I love using Arnica gel (you can get it at Walmart next to the Tylenol) helps immensely and stretching my calves. ( Yep, that seriously was the trick) Maybe that will help, and if not… know I am praying!

    1. Barbie says:

      I have Arnica and I didn’t even think to use it. I am going to try this beginning tonight. Thank you so much for stopping by Dawn!

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