Let’s Get it Right

Yesterday I sat down in reflective prayer with my new agenda book and began writing down my resolutions for the year. I began with categories: professional, physical, relational, and spiritual. An hour later, satisfied, I finished my list, confident in the list of things I wanted to accomplished. When I looked back over what I had written, I realized my extensive goals and steps for reaching them looked a little like this:

DO EVERYTHING BETTER
END UP BEING PERFECT.

For real. My goals were to fix every little thing I don’t currently like about myself (spoiler alert: that list isn’t very short).

I was a little shocked, to be honest. This year has been a fight with the good ole’ Lord as he has pried every single finger of mine off the grand idea of Perfection. I thought we were mostly over it. I put up a good fight with all I had in me, but He won all three knock down drag out rounds, like He tends to do. But there it was again, disguised under the premise of yearly tradition. I stared right at it and saw that my deepest desire isn’t to know God better, to be a good wife, to even eradicate poverty. My deep dark desire is much less noble—I just wanna have it all together because somehow I think I’ll then be immune to sadness and discontent.

Today, I opened my SheReadsTruth app to find this:

“This year, instead of resolving to finally get it right, let’s resolve to walk with Him as He makes it right.

Instead of determining to get better, let’s determine to get closer to Him through His word.

Instead of making a list of all that we will do on our own, let’s notice all that He is already doing.”

Um, yeah, that sounds much better than my plans. The beauty of Jesus is that HE CAME TO DO THE WORK. So, yeah, I want to get things done this year. I want to lose the weight, write the book, get it right. But that’s not my focus. Instead, I’m resolving to walk with Him as He makes it right.

(And, yup, you better believe that quote is written in my shiny new planner.)

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Resolve

2014

Some people hate on resolutions, but I personally LOVE them. I have always loved the idea of a fresh start. For the last few days I have made a mental list a mile long of resolutions, but yesterday, as I stopped and prayed and reflected, I realized I just have one goal for 2014:

Listen to God. Do what He says.

Okay, maybe two goals.

This is a year of big dreams. It is a year of leaving behind hesitations. It is a year of anything. It is a year to go, to love big, to forget about containing my passion and just go for it.

A year of FREEDOM.

Freedom from my own rules and insecurities. Freedom to revel in the grace God has given me. Freedom to do crazy things in the name of Jesus. Freedom to forget about my pride and people pleasing ways and just DO IT.

(Nike should hire me for an ad campaign, right?) (Probably not)

So what about you? Do you need to focus this year on freedom? If not, what other word are you proclaiming over your year?

Happy 2014!

New

Here’s to a new year.

Okay, so I know it’s March, and it seems a little late. But this year is so full of changes I feel like I am waking up every day to a new year.

A new attitude.

A new house.

A growing family.

A new church.

It’s a lot for this little brain to handle, so I did what any college student would do–change my blog and write about it.

I hope you like the new address, the new look, and hopefully the more regular posts!

So in honor of the Not-So-New-Year, let’s renew some Resolutions!

Here’s Mine:

1. Pray more!

2. Learn more things to cook.

3. Get my wedding planned and enjoy it!

4. Enjoy my last year of college (ugh that means no more complaining),

5. See my mom more and help my parents move to Texas.

6. Continue eating healthier and working out!

So here’s your question of the day:

What resolutions would you like to revisit?

I’d love to hear them! Have a great day :)