My New Year’s Resolution

Hello Beautiful Momma!

Whew! Can you believe the holidays are behind us? The guests are (sadly) gone, the house is clean (er, until the kids wake up, that is), and we’re slowly getting back into our normal routine.

There is comfort in routine.

Familiarity.

2017 is a year of a blank canvas.

A clean slate.

New beginnings.

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Are you setting any resolutions? Fasting from anything? Kicking a habit? My husband and I are choosing to do The Whole30 fast starting the second week of January. A time to re-focus and clear our minds as we give our physical bodies a re-boot and remember that our sustenance is in God.

But this year (and always) my biggest goal is to LOVE more.

Amongst a few other things:

1. Be content with what I have.
2. Live minimally (less “stuff”).
3. See my value through God’s eyes. (Not in # of followers or likes).
4. Spend more time out of my comfort zone.
5. Meet all my neighbors.
6. Care significantly less about what others think.
7. Speak gently.
8. Get involved in our new church.
9. Make a new friend this year.
10. Maintain organization in my home.

My desire is to grow in love — to see others not as mere people but as God’s perfect creation with an everlasting soul. To value others beyond what is seen on the surface.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
{1 Cor.13.3}

Have you ever met someone who just shines with love in their eyes? Or someone who you look at but all you see is hate and self-righteousness in their eyes? These people are often the ones who haven’t fully accepted God’s grace. They’re convinced their calling on earth is to set others straight, quoting all the Bible verses they know and spiritual books they’ve read.

Scripture tells us that if we “speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love,” we are “only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” {1 Cor.13.1}

{love} does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
{1 Cor. 13.4}

In the past couple months we visited a few churches. Met a lot of believers. But no matter how nice people are…sometimes they’re missing that true love in their eyes.

I realized that person is oftentimes me.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
{1 Cor. 13:6-7}

I want to truly be filled with God so much that it flows out of my daily life, not by my strength or feeble efforts, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To change from the inside.

Does that mean I think God doesn’t accept me just the way I am? No. In fact, if we think we can be saved by our efforts or good works….boy, we’re in for a major fail. Nobody can be perfect.  Jesus was the only one who completely and faultlessly fulfilled the law without tainting it with sin.

We’re not Jesus.

So should we simply coast where we are? No. Scripture reminds us that we are not to conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. {Rom.12.2}

We are called to be imitators of God, to walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us. {Eph.5.1}

So this year I want to lay aside all criticism (including any critical self-talk/shame) and replace it with LOVE.

Let go and replace.

Uproot.

Let go and let God.

God doesn’t waste anything.

To trust the invisible things of God.

To give of myself over and over again in any feasible way. Perhaps a neighbor. Maybe a person sitting at the end of the church pew who I politely smile at but haven’t met.

My husband, my 3 children? They are each wonderfully and fearfully made. I want to see them that way. Their true value.

Something that stood out to me in stark contrast the first time I walked into our new church? LOVE. It was just shining out through the people from the moment we were greeted. Genuine. Authentic.

Real.

When we sat down we felt a sense of home. Before the sermon was ever spoken, I wept. Because their love was already a sermon in itself. Overwhelmed by God’s sovereignty. His perfect LOVE.

Overcome by His presence because there is no fear in love.

So how do we become those people? The ones with a heart of Jesus?

By spending time with our Maker.

Worship. Prayer. Being in the Word.

To read the Bible with not just our mortal mind but also inviting the Holy Spirit in to do soul-work.

To distinguish God’s voice.

To continuously examine your heart and purge it from the inside. Allow the Holy Spirit to work on molding our characters to reflect more of Jesus.

And the thing about sustainable change? You have to believe its possibility with your whole mind. Truly believe in change.

Unwavering. A-whole-mind-set: Subconscious & conscious-type-of-belief.

That’s why less than 10% of new years resolutions are actually kept. Unbelief. Lack of faith in God and self.

So as we paint on our blank canvases this new year, let’s push forward and trust in the LORD with ALL of our heart. Allowing our Maker to make our paths straight. {Prov.3.5}

Your canvas doesn’t have to be flawless. Just full of love.

Faith.

Hope.

Love.

But the greatest of these is love. {1 Cor. 13:13}

 

Blessings to you!

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After New Year’s Sunday service. Love these faces so much.

 

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We took a lot of walks on Christmas break.  I love bundling the kids and getting fresh air.
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Christmas Eve with my little arrows. After a wonderful church service we came home and had a birthday party for Jesus. Kids had fun blowing out the cake candle and singing happy birthday.
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The ones who I labor for, day in and out. Love them SO much! Little Rachel was making eyes at Daddy as usual. She is the apple of his eye. WE can’t imagine life without her.
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Made ourselves hot tea and went for a stroll with the littles. I can’t wait for the trees to get their foliage back.

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  1. Thank you my darling for sharing your resolution and encouraging others to do the same. May God bless you as you bless others! ?

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