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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Today is the beginning of a new day, a new month, a new year, a new decade, and it’s a great time to refocus on goals and dreams.

I Don’t Like New Year’s Resolutions

Many people create new year’s resolutions. I don’t like to do that.  I have never been successful with them in the past and I have always ended up feeling terrible about myself and feeling like a failure because I didn’t accomplish what I wanted in a particular year.

Sure, I have lots of things I want to do, places to go, things to accomplish. I think it’s safe to say we all do.

But I’m trying to do things differently now that I’m, ahem, older (and hopefully wiser).

And, as a Christian, my ways of doing things is different as well.  I look to God for my guidance, seek Him in what I do. I want to work toward fulfilling what His plan for my life is.

Does that mean I am perfect as a person, or perfect in all I do?

Of course not!

I’m A Christian; That Doesn’t Make Me Perfect

I still fail. I still look to my own desires and dreams. And I can be quite stubborn! Just ask my husband.

Just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and that I won’t fail.  I am far from perfect; believe me!  I can’t count the number of times I have started something new, taken up a new hobby or tried to turn over a new leaf and ended up falling on my face.

Failure is a part of life.  It’s what you do with that failure that counts. Do you stay down, or do you get back up and keep trying?

Life Is About Picking Yourself Up and Continuing Along the Journey

I am learning that just because I fail at something doesn’t mean that I’m a failure.  What I need to do is pick myself up, dust myself off, and either start again or continue along the same path not letting the previous stumble determine my course of action.

As I look back on 2019 and see that the year started off very positive and filled with lots of hope and ambition, I also see that along the way things began to peter off.  I either let procrastination (another issue I deal with) or fear stop me from doing what I had set out to do.  I let myself stay stuck in the fact that I didn’t know which direction to take at times or didn’t bother to learn how to do certain things required to help move me along the path.  I let that one hold me back as I used that excuse to deter myself in my dreams.

I don’t want to be like that this year.  Yes, I’m sure there will be stumbling blocks along the way in 2020, but I want to face them and keep pushing forward.  This time next year, I want to be able to look back and be happy with the things I did, the steps I took, and the successes I achieved.

What Do I Want?

I want God to be in the center of what I do. I want God to be the first one I go to when seeking direction. I want God to be the one to give me the courage to change the things I can.

I am going into the new year with a renewed hope and desire to achieve success in my accomplishments. And I am going into the new year with a desire to keep God at the center.

Your turn:

Are you someone who makes new year’s resolutions? Are you successful?  What are your dreams and goals and ambitions for 2020? I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know!

Christianity · God · My Walk

Going Deeper With God

Just a short post today.

Early last week I finished doing my study of the book of John in the Bible. I’d like to say I worked on it every single day, but that would be a lie.

Something I noticed, as I looked back over the notes I took, was at the beginning of my study I was more detailed and made more notes, highlighted more passages, etc. I don’t know if along the way I “forgot” that I was making detailed notes, or if I just didn’t put as much into it toward the end. I certainly think that not focusing on it every day was a factor! None-the-less, I did gt a lot out of this study.

Recently, I have felt a strong desire to grow deeper into the Word and with my relationship with God – deeper than I have before. And, now that I have more time, I hope to set my priorities and spend this needed time with God.

I have been feeling like I have only let myself go just so far into my relationship with God, possibly because I let fear control me. I have been afraid of what God might tell me, what He might reveal, or what He might want me to do. I mean, what if it doesn’t line up with what I want to do?

I do believe I am doing what God wants me to, but what if I dig deeper and find out otherwise? Or what if God wants me going in a totally different direction with what I am doing? Am I prepared for that?

I guess fear is trying to overcome me. That sneaky devil is trying to have his way! I’m not going to let him win, though. I AM going to go deeper in my walk, no matter what it reveals to me! I want to be the woman that God wants me to be, and I definitely desire to go grow deeper with Him.

If God is for me, which I know to be true, then who can be against me?

What is something you would like to improve upon in your walk with the Lord? Let me know in the comments!

Updated to add link to the post on Apple Blossom Ministries that resulted from this post.