Move Mightily

If it is important
You will find a way

If not
You will make an excuse

It’s a new year and once again time for a fresh start. Isn’t it strange how each year people need this? The previous year’s fresh start never carries them through to the end. It never comes to a full completion. Why is this? Why do we begin and never end? We falter, waiver, even stray. As Mary Poppins says, “Well begun is half done.” – which is an encouraging thought.

But it’s not all.

I have begun well with many things, many times. But if I have not had the strength and fortitude to follow through to the end – what good was my beginning?

If you are like me, each year you commit to the same things you have committed to year after year! For me – it’s lose weight, eat healthier, de-clutter my house. Things I want to do, but have yet to accomplish!

Last year, my goal was to “be” the things I wanted to be; the best me, the me God wants me to be. I did a lot of changing on the inside.

I begin this year much less attached to the things of this world. For one thing, Disneyland. Although it’s a place I love to be, I didn’t even go much this year. In fact, I let my pass expire without “one last trip” before it did –  and I hadn’t been in over 2 months. That was just not characteristic of me! But I have honestly been ok without it. Another thing is my collectibles. I do love my cute little things: POP! and Vinylmation figures, plushies, etc. But now I feel less attached to them.

I know this shift on the inside is due largely in part to the prayers of my husband who I know has prayed diligently for his family to be less attracted and distracted to the things of this world. And not only that – but he has been a godly example of this to us. This has also affected our youngest daughter, who has just recently blogged about her convictions here.

I did not see much change on the outside this past year. My weight and house are still pretty much the same. But my insides had some good trials and alterations. My stepdad passed away on his birthday at the end of April. I was prompted by God to go be with my mom the very day he passed. She would have been alone going through that. I stayed at her house for 11 days total, helping her with things. I had never taken the 5 hour drive alone, or stayed away from home that long.  It was truly God’s doing. I was in servant mode.

My son got married in October, and moved over 6 hours away in November. All the emotions of that separation took me on a tremendous journey of faith. Just before he got married, the marriage of someone close to our family was in jeopardy. We prayed without ceasing and saw God work and restore.

I know this is getting lengthy so let me wrap it up.

In 2016 I did a lot of growing and changing in my state of BEing.

“To see God move mightily in my life,
My life must move mightily towards God” – Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited

This year, my word is MOVE. My great plans, ideas, and aspirations will move from my heart and head into tangible evidences in my life.

My body will move into exercise and reshape.

I will move and actually de-clutter my house. (instead of always planning to)

There are many more things I always say I am going to do. Plans in my head will become actions as I trust God, take steps, and MOVE!

“Commit thy way unto the Lord
Trust also in Him
And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

Blessings,
Teresa

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Resolute Resolutions

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe that half of January has already passed into history. By this time, many people have already forgotten about their New Year’s Resolutions. And that is what I want to talk about.

Nowadays, New Year’s Resolutions mean nothing. They are empty promises made to self just for the sake of speaking something . They should really be called, “Things I’d like to do this year – but most likely won’t.” Honestly, I can’t remember a time when these things were taken seriously. I’d be sitting around, just before midnight and people around me would start spouting off their resolutions. They all sounded really good. Even mine – every year I spoke up it was “lose weight, draw closer to God”. Things I thought would please or impress.

Has the word resolution lost all it’s meaning, as so many words in our language today? The root word is resolve. That means to bring an end to a problem. So, if I make a resolution to lose 20 lbs – then at the end of that year, my 20 lb problem should be resolved. If I make a resolution – to “resolve” to eat healthy; I have decided firmly, I have determined to, I have made a resolution to do that thing.

To be resolved is to be resolute, determined, purposeful, firm, unwavering, steadfast, inflexible, unyielding, unrelenting. You get the picture?

So then, as I make a resolution this year – I am not viewing it as something I’d like to do if my time allows, or if I am temporarily inclined.

I am resolute in my commitment. I will not waiver or yield. I will remain steadfast and determined; working relentlessly towards my goals.

A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline

Isn’t this cool? I actually took this picture. Clouds are my favorite.

 

I have many resolutions this year. There are about twelve on my list. Most of them require me to not be “me”. I am asking a lot of myself this year. I want to BE the type of person who will declutter her house, clean out her garage, let go of some collectibles. I want to BE a person who makes the time to exercise, plan healthy meals, and actually lose those 20+ lbs. I want to BE the person who blogs at least 2X a week, and keeps a life plan book. All of this goes against the grain of my creative brain and procrastinating ways. But I don’t care.

What really made me plant my foot firmly is the lifeplan book. I wanted one so badly. But I kept telling myself that it would be a waste of money, and that I wouldn’t use it. Because, after all – I know how I am. And then I thought to myself, “How ridiculous! I WANT to BE the person who uses this organizational tool, so BE it!” In other words – “JUST DO IT!” So, I ordered the planner and am using it, and so far I LOVE IT! It helps me to get my plans and to-do lists out of my head and onto paper, where I can see them. And better yet – I can cross off the stuff I have completed, which is no small sense of accomplishment to me!

My word for the year is “BE

Some synonyms for be are: remain, stay, last, continue, survive, endure, persist, prevail

It’s used to indicate the identity, qualities, or condition of  a person or thing.

I will BE resolute

I will BE determined

I will BE purposeful

I will BE firm

I will BE unwavering

I will BE steadfast

I will BE inflexible

I will BE unyielding

I will BE unrelenting

A HUGE part of this change in me will come from drawing nearer to God. The time I devote to spending time in His Word, in prayer, and praise will shape me into the woman who is able to do all of these things. My mind and heart will desire the things that He desires.  I will be equipped. He will be the strength in my weakness. And I will become the very best version of me ever.

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16: 1-3

What about you? How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? And if you did, how do you plan to accomplish them?

Teresa

 

 

 

P.S. The planner I purchased is the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Using the link I provided in the left sidebar, you can visit her site, sign up, and save $10 on your first order! 

 

 

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