New Year’s Resolutions. Phoooweeeee!
We start with not planning to eat sugar and planning to exercise 6 days a week. We plan to be a better spouse, parent and co-worker. We are going to declutter the house by spending 15 minutes each day getting rid of the unwanted and then being so organized we will always be able to find our latest tax return and the receipt for the sweater we bought our friend for Christmas.
Then January 15th rolls around and we realize we had cookies this week, yelled at the kids, and snapped at a co-worker. The house is worse than it was before we made the resolution and the exercise equipment is still in the box.
So we give up. Heck with it. Resolutions failed. Give up. Right? Wrong!
What if we had a different plan?
What if we set “goals” instead of “resolutions”? Goals we have all year to accomplish. Resolutions can make us feel like a failure if broken. But goals give us the opportunity to start over multiple times without feeling like we have failed or giving us an option to quit.
This year I want to pray more, write more, speak to groups more about making a difference to someone every day.
I want to read more books and read more of my Bible. I want to increase my exercise and keep going with my weight loss plan. I want to encourage people more and do more intentional acts of kindness.
All of these things are great to put on paper but without a plan nothing will be accomplished. Take a few minutes today and write down what you hope to accomplish in 2018. Then think about how you want to accomplish those goals and make a plan.
What is your biggest goal for 2018? I would love to hear about your goals so we can work together to make 2018 the best year yet!
I walked in the door to an invitation to come straight to the kitchen to sit down. Morgan and Roger had prepared dinner for me. The table was set; the water glasses were full; ranch chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls were waiting for me. What a wonderful welcome!
It was like heaven on earth. I didn’t have to do anything except sit down and enjoy what those two had prepared for me. What a gift it was!
Jesus gives us the same invitation only instead of food, it is eternity in the real heaven. We come just as we are. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, where we’ve been or who we were with. He just wants us to come to His table and dine with Him. He’s done all the work for us. It truly is a gift. Accept the invitation and you can dine with Christ in heaven for eternity. You can talk to Him day and night and He will be with you every moment from right now and forever in eternity helping you through each day.
Dinner’s ready. Will you join us?
An elderly friend was not doing so well after emergency surgery to alleviate pressure from a blood clot that was slowly cutting off her airway. One of our pastors prayed over her that God would perform a miracle and heal her so that God could be glorified. God answered that prayer and within hours she was taken off all the machines and was smiling and breathing without the trachea. WOW, God is so awesome.
Within a couple of hours of hearing this wonderful news, I received a text that another lady (my dear friend’s sister) that we had been praying for since December 6th went home to be with the Lord. She had been dealing with complications from not being treated properly for pneumonia by the first hospital she visited and complications set in causing a domino affect of additional health issues.
I don’t understand it. I don’t understand why God answers some prayers and doesn’t answer others. I don’t know how to explain it when people ask that question and I don’t know how to comfort when they don’t understand.
What I do know is that Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heaven including a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
I also know that Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.
I don’t understand and I can’t explain it to someone to help them understand. The only thing I know is that God is faithful, true and loving and hates to see us hurt. But when we do, He is there to comfort and use every single thing to bring good to us through Him. Trust in Him through all seasons.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
I just realized that I posted the new reindeer name on Facebook and Instagram but forgot to post it on the website! The winner of “Rudolph’s Backup Reindeer Name” is……….Tinsel. Coming in at a close second is….. Cinnamon! Thanks to all those who participated on the website, Facebook and Instagram! Happy New Year!