New Year, New Theme

design (4)Ahh, the New Year. The time where most people pick a resolution and make a plan to become better at some thing or other.

I’ve expressed before how I don’t care for resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions tend to be loosely based ideas of who you want to be or thing you want to achieve. But without putting specifics on it, it can easily set you up for failure.

Instead I pick one word to use as a theme throughout the year. It is amazing what I learn. Last year’s theme was Be Present. I wanted to learn to focus more on the task at hand or be there wholeheartedly with my son and husband.

I believe I achieved that to some degree by simply putting down my smart phone and focusing.  But I also learned something else. Being present isn’t just focusing on what you are doing or who you are with at the moment, it can also be going out of your way to be in someone’s presence.

Taking the time, even when it’s inconvenient, to bring a friend out to coffee or be with a family member when they are facing rough circumstances, can make a huge impact on their lives. Physical presence is very important in our day and age of fast paced technology. It’s easily put on the wayside because we “don’t have time”. In reality, that is all we have to give.

Because of my strong introvert personality, I have a long way to go when it comes to reaching out to people. But I’m coming to realize the importance of it and also to be intentional in my conversations. Now, thinking of the growth that I still need to do in this area, Intentional would be a great word for next year. After considering it, though, it doesn’t quite fit. I believe my word this year needs to be Joy.

I have a feeling there will be some challenging things this next year and I want to face it with Joy. I know the Joy of the Lord will give me strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  I also know that I can rejoice in the Lord.  Philippians 4:4-7 is a favorite of mine.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So this year as you think about who you want to be and the things you want to achieve, what theme do you want to carry with you? Set your goals and achieve your dreams. Choose your theme and open your eyes and ears to all the God has in store for you this upcoming year.

What is your New Year’s Theme?

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A New Year’s Theme

New Year's Theme

I don’t like resolutions. I think they tend to be unachievable goals that just set us up for failure.

Yet, the new year is a wonderful time to start something fresh. It is a new beginning and a good time to evaluate goals and personal growth. So, instead of a resolution, I pick a theme word for the year.

My desire is to truly understand what that word means and how it applies to different aspects of my life. But I don’t randomly pick a word, I prayerfully consider what the Lord wants to teach me in the next year.

This past year was Peace.

Oh, what a word. It does not mean what I thought it meant! I have learned quite a bit on the meaning of peace and how to apply it to my life.

The common idea of peace is tranquility, a quiet day at the beach, sipping little drinks out of coconuts with umbrellas.  That doesn’t happen with a baby around.

When I first chose peace, I thought I was praying for and wanting to achieve the quiet stillness of peace. What I didn’t know is that the peace that transcends all understanding runs so much deeper than I could imagine.

God’s peace, is a peace of comfort. It is him standing at the door guarding our hearts and minds. It is us knowing that he has us safe in his love. It is our lives in his hands, trusting him in the storm and the calm.

I can certainly strive for and attain the calm peace of a warm home. And many of our days are peaceful. Then there are days when all I can do is make it to the next nap time. In those times I am learning to keep in mind that God is present and loving me just the same. It makes me desire to keep my attitude in check and to not lose my temper when things don’t go my way.

Peace is a wonderful thing and I hope to carry what I’ve learned into this next year.

As I have considered what the Lord wants to teach me this next year, I have decided upon more of a phrase than a single word. Be Present.

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At this point I realize that I need to be present when I attend my baby, when I spend time with my husband, and when I study God’s word. I need to put down my phone, and focus my attention to the people I care about. I feel like this phrase will expand as I learn what God has in store for me. It will probably take me a year to break old habits and learn to focus better.

I may share bits of it as the year goes on. Sometimes it just clicks and I find a great way to understand my word or phrase and I just have to get it out!

I hope you have set yourself some goals or words that will make you a better person and grow you closer to God.

What is your theme this year?

 

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