Happy New Year, friends!
I am thankful for the new and fresh. A fresh start, a new year! I am praising the Lord for his faithfulness in my life in 2010 and anticipating a year of growth in faith and life in 2011.
Over the last few days I have been prayerfully considering a couple of resolutions. I know that resolutions made in my own will and strength are destined for failure, but those that are inspired by the Lord have hope of being completed as He gives strength for the task. I feel that the purpose of resolutions is not to tear myself down for the shortcomings of the last year, because all in all I trust that to the best of my ability, I honored the Lord with my life in 2010. The purpose of my resolutions, rather, is to take a moment to consider some areas of weakness in my life and allow God to correct my focus for the year ahead.
Here are a few of the things I have been pondering:
- I am grieved (doesn’t that sound so dramatic?! but it seems the most fitting word…) that I am still carrying some extra weight since the pregnancy. My husband and I decided that for the most part it is best for me to avoid the scale, but I can feel that I am out of shape and some of my clothes still fit awkwardly. I fear that if I don’t lose this weight now it will become “normal” for me, and will be compounded if I get pregnant again. I understand that my body has undergone changes and will not be exactly the same as it once was, but it is important to me to feel better about my body. I told Nels that I feel like I need some help in getting motivated since I no longer have the “fun” exercise for sports and such, and he promised to go to the gym two nights a week with me. In addition to that, I am planning to go to the gym or do a workout video from home two other days a week with Friday as a “flex-day”…to work out if I have time and want to, or if I have missed a day earlier in the week.
- Without scheduling things into my week, so many “good intentioned ideas” are forgotten. I am planning to schedule in a few hours a week for 1) Reading, 2) Creative Time (writing, various craft projects, crocheting, playing guitar) and 3) Memorization. It has been on my mind lately that I really want to start memorizing more passages from the Bible, as well as some favorite poetry (including Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”). I am compiling a “2011 Reading List” of books to complete this year and would welcome any suggestions for this list! I will post it soon.
- We spent a couple of weeks at the Carlson family farm over our Christmas break and when I arrived at home I realized how refreshing it was to be disconnected from Facebook and Twitter for a while. I felt truly rested because in my rest moments I took a nap or read a book rather than hopping online to see what everyone else was up to. My mind was filled up with hymns and poetry rather than thoughts of whose profile picture was prettier or more artistic. My time was spent with family and friends rather than online shopping or mindless blog surfing (two activities I very much enjoy, but perhaps they can be “scheduled in” rather than becoming a daily almost involuntary habit!). I’d like my time online to be more intentional.
- I have two particular issues in my spiritual life that I feel like the Lord is calling me to address. Sin and weakness that has far too long lingered in the back of my mind, rearing it’s ugly head from time to time. I want to really seek the Lord for freeing and healing from this sin that brings me so much sorrow. I pray that he will give me the strength to fight the spiritual battle ahead and do whatever it takes to be more whole-heartedly His.
Well friends, there are some of my ideas for a strong start this year. What is on your mind? Any resolutions? Any victories in the last year that you plan to build on? Happy 2011! May God be glorified in our lives this year.