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.
- 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess
- You Are Already Amazing
- A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study
- The Shelter of God's Promises
- So Long Insecurity
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!