If it is important
You will find a way
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