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Jan
01

Daring to Dream in 2016

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Standing on the cusp of this New Year, I wonder what all God has planned for my life this year.

He spoke very specifically to me at the end of 2014 about the year that would come in 2015. I have stood amazed, watching as His plans for me unfolded before my eyes.  God took the initiative. He made the plans. I joined Him in them.  He revived old dreams and birthed new ones in my heart.

As He intends for our lives to go from one level of glory to another, I pause to listen to what He will say for this next year expecting it to be full of His plans.

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seize the dayLike so many of you, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and the year to come. I’m aware of God’s presence as I pause and ask questions. What is truly important to me? Is my life on track with God’s plans and purposes? Am I living the abundant life? Fully alive to all I’m destined to be? Where have I lost focus? How can I make the next year one lived well?

On December 9, I went to my annual GYN appointment. In the midst of the routine questions, my doctor suddenly had a quizzical look on her face. One question led to another which led to some tests. I later found myself sitting in a consultation room hearing my doctor say, “I have to rule out cancer.” Feeling gut kicked, I fought the tears that readily filled my eyes. Suddenly feeling off-balance and wondering what it would mean if cancer existed in my body, fear called out to me. I felt the urge to hide this information and handle this all by myself, one of my not-so-healthy self-sufficient ways of being.

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Jan
02

The Day My Clothes Spoke to Me

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closetA new year. A new opportunity. A new day. A new beginning. Ah, the inspiration of it!

I spent part of New Year’s Eve cleaning out my clothes’ closet. I took everything out of my closet and laid the stuff in stacks around my room. Then I began. Toss. Keep. Give away. Store in a different place. Reorganize. Somehow the arrival of the New Year beckoned me to start over again.  To think in new ways. To look for new strategies.

Magazine articles about decluttering and organization called to me.

I was in a ruthless mood. If I didn’t love it, it went no matter how much I wondered if it might come back into style in a year or if it might fit me better later.

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new year'sMy heart is filled with a quiet anticipation and traces of ambivalence.  Another year is ending; a new one beginning. The very passage into a new year carries an innate sense of need to evaluate oneself. This self-evaluation, if done in truth, brings one face to face with the depths of one’s own depravity and the heights of one’s own glory for both are true of the human heart and life.

The end of the year beckons us to remember. What have we done well this year? Where have we gained ground? Have we grown spiritually, emotionally, and mentally? Where have we failed? Missed the mark? Wasted the treasure of life?

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Jan
01

Good Morning 2010

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2009 is gone, and I have awakened unto 2010. I stop this morning to reflect on 2009 and look forward to 2010. As a matter of accountability, I’ve already looked back at the goals I set for 2009 to see how I did in regard to them. I am pleased. 2009 was a year of continued change for me. Certainly I didn’t score 100% but in my blog, Welcoming 2009, I notice that I gave myself permission to resolve to resolve imperfectly! So I did not fail. 

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