People see and experience the first day of each year differently. Some make these amazing and elaborate resolutions and keep them, others don't care about the month or the year, and most fall in between the extremes.
I've been pondering, "How will I begin my 365 page book?" A brief recap of 2017 or just jump into the new..... make a list of all my blessings... or areas I want to change... or both... Set one goal or no goals...
I've decided to approach 2018 with a realistic and humble attitude. There are things I want to grow or change about my life, I'm aware it will take 365 days and possibly some more, but I will begin the journey today. I have written down the areas I want to see growth or change in my life. Writing down things helps me zone in on my focus and intent. May God guide you in all areas of change and growth the upcoming year!
Growing pains= GROWTH
~Eliminate my expectations of others (the only one who can meet my needs is Christ).
`Follow our monthly budget and use cash only
~Let go of relationships that are unhealthy and don't promote growth
~ Self-care apart of my daily routine
~ Eliminate my sugar intake
~ Spend more time investing in those God puts on my heart and less time chasing people I want in my life.
God always knows who we need in our lives. When Madison and I were in STL for six months it was hard on Harrison and Maebry, Ryan, my parents, and I tried to keep their lives as "normal" as possible, but their family was split apart. Harrison and Maebry spent much of their time at Little Saints Preschool/Daycare for Ryan was working to provide for our family. There was a very special lady Mrs. Sandy who loved on our kids during this difficult season. She invested her time and giving heart on Harrison and Maebry when I couldn't. Mrs. Sandy took the time to paint Mae's nails, demand hugs from Harrison, and even embrace Mae when all she needed was a hug!
God called me to visit Mrs. Sandy on Friday morning... she truly loved people and saw the best in others when they didn't see it themselves. My heart breaks for her family as they grieve and mourn the loss of an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and follower of Christ.
Be present this holiday season.... to often we try to buy elaborate gifts for those in our lives! The greatest and most meaningful gift we can give is to simply BE PRESENT!