Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What I'll Do Differently In 2014


Happy New Year friends! I am LATE to the blogging party once again, this time its almost 10 AM and I am just signing in. I slept til almost 9 AM this morning...I must've partied too hard last night on New Years Eve. Just kidding, we actually skipped our NYE Party we were going to go to and stayed in watching a movie and reading. We're so old, its embarrassing. We'll make up for it next year.

I have been thinking a lot about my goals and resolutions for 2014. I know people get down on them a lot because no one ever keeps them, and they are usually all the same "Lose weight, eat healthy, read more" etc. but there is still something magical about a New Year to me. A fresh start. The year that could change everything. And while eating better, finally fitting back into some of my jeans that are too tight, exercising more, etc are on my list, thats not my sole focus for the year.

I want to love better. I want to serve more. I want to speak slower, and listen longer. I want to be present, without my iPhone or Kindle distracting me. I want to invest in relationships and extend Grace. I want to focus less on the things of this world and more on God's word and will for my life. I want to remove the plank in my own eye before pointing out the speck in another's eye.

The one thing I want to do different this year is to slow down. To not put so much pressure on my to-do list, my plans, my charts and lists and goals but to slow down and stay close to God's loving voice in everything I do. My relationship with Jesus isn't just about the 30 minutes I hope to spend with him reading my bible and praying in the morning. It involves a minute by minute dependence on Him. I want to listen to his voice day in, day out. I want to be obedient to his whispers that sometimes can get drowned out by my overactive brain, always knowing what my next 10 moves will be. I want to slow down, and leave room for Him to move in big ways in our life.

I want to serve my coworkers when they're overwhelmed. I want to spend an extra minute or two talking with the grocery store clerk. I want to put down my electronics and just talk with my husband about life. I want to bless others just because we have been blessed. I want to take the extra five minutes to pray for someone when I say "I'll pray for you." I want to bake cookies in the kitchen with my niece instead of spending two hours on the internet planning my blog posts.

I want to be a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter, aunt, sister, niece, coworker, etc. And that all starts with my dependence on Jesus. And so, yes this year I am going to read my bible more and pray more. But it isn't going to stop there. I want to slow down, and listen to God's voice in my life. I want to slow down and notice the little ways I can shine His light on those I interact with.


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PS: If you are interested in the bible study that I am going to host online, please check out these books and then fill out the google form below! :)
Please take a quick look at these books and then fill out this Google Form if you are interested in participating! I would love to have all the responses in by Friday, and then I will pick the book the majority of you are interested in reading, and send out more detailed instructions on how exactly the study will work and when it will start! 

20 comments:

  1. I love this, you have some great "resolutions" for this year. This post is perfect for the link up that I am hosting today. You should come grab the button and add it to you post and LINK UP! Here is the link to the holiday link up:
    http://thecraftypractitioner.blogspot.com/2013/12/resolutions-for-2014.html

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  2. LOVE these. Think of how life changing it would be for us to live like this!! My prayer, too.

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  3. I love this, Brittany! To be still and know He is God, listening to His voice, stepping where it leads. Yes. This is what I want for this year, too.

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  4. This is such a good post and so inspiring! I definitely want to spend less time with my phone, computer, etc. this year. It's so easy to get wrapped up in constant social media or other mindless things that it becomes easy to push off what's really important in life! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Such a great post! Slowing down is such a great goal. So often we want to keep pushing and moving forward, and we can miss out on some really beautiful opportunities that way. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Such great new goals for this year! Happy new year!

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  7. I wish we had the good sense to stay home for NYE. Even so, we left the party at 12:15. That is how you know you are getting old.

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  8. LOL nonsense. There is nothing to be embarrassed about! TJ was away for work, and I was totally chilling on the couch with Brutus when the ball dropped.

    I need to slow down, too. I'm looking forward to this bible study with you, my friend <3 Cheers to 2014! xo

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  9. Love this. Here's to a fresh start :)

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  10. This is wonderful! Slowing down and being in the moment is something I could improve on too. I've gotten in the habit of worrying about documenting the moment to share on Instagram or trying to take mental notes so I can blog about it later. Thanks for this reminder!

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  11. "to slow down and stay close to God's loving voice in everything I do" <<<< such a beautiful goal, new bloglovin follower... happy new year!!

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  12. Hi! Visiting from the link-up .. I'm way behind! :) Loved your goals..I need to slow down too! I loved the bible study idea .. I'm in!

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  13. Love how you said you need to slow down. I do too! Actually, everyone does! Life is too hectic, how can we focus on our biggest blessings if we are constantly on the move looking for bigger and better things? Thankful for your heart and your blog!

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  14. I just love your 2014 goals! Slowing down is one of mine too. More or less enjoying the moment. And I absolutely adore your heart for The Lord :) Xo sweetness

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  15. Making service a priority is a great habit to cultivate!

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  16. Your plans for the year are amazing!!! I can't wait to see what the Lord does in your life in 2014.

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  17. I absolutely loved this post, it spoke to my heart on so many levels. I'm also looking forward to your online bible study...what a great idea!

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  18. This is a great list! I love that you chose things that will make a difference in your life AND the lives of others! Thanks for linking up with us!! :)

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  19. What a great list of goals this year, Brittany!

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  20. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!! I want to work on being present more this year, too. Putting down my phone, saying blog things can wait, etc. So encouraged by this and excited to see you grow in love this year!! Thanks for linking up!!

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