Thursday, January 3, 2013

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I find it so hard to believe we are at the start of another new year. The first of the year always feels like a time of new beginnings for me. I get to pull out a new calendar, usually decide on a new devotional plan, and I think about goals for the year ahead.

When I look back on 2012, I can say that it continued to be a year of change for our family. I no longer work outside of the home and although there was quite a bit of angst while changes were happening at my job, I can now see it was the Lord's way of helping me to let go of it. When the job went away, I was ready to say goodbye, I had already emotionally detached. Being home fits me like a well worn shoe....it's what I need for this time in my life. 

Now I don't make resolutions anymore, never seemed to keep them so I stopped making them. But with the new year in view there are things I would like to accomplish or at least get better at.  I am making an attempt at the 365 Day Photo Challenge....we will see how that goes....I plan on being flexible...not going to worry if I don't get a photo everyday

There are relationships that I would like to improve that have suffered battle scars through the years, some doors are opening, I would like to take advantage of that fact. 

I would like to get better at sharing the gospel when opportunities arise...and with that in mind I would like to be more keenly aware of opportunities that are given to me. Now is the time

Finally when I think of an area that the Lord is wanting me to grow in this year, I think it would be trust, taking thoughts captive and remembering that he has everything under control

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge  Psalm 62:8


Debbie said...

I don't make resolutions either, but I do try to choose one area that I think God is calling me to focus on as a general life outlook. This year, part of mine is in sharing the gospel too. I do a lot of Bible teaching to professed believers, but I want a more evangelistic spirit to take center stage.

Marla and Steve said...

Your paragraph about relationships and doors opening really hit home for me. I opened a door and I thought there might be rain on the other side but there was sunshine. It was time. Life is too short to not care.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I don't make resolutions either for the same reason. I do many of the things you mentioned here too though. I think your goals sound wonderful. It is time for all of God's people to be more aggressive in our evangelizing. Have a great week-end!

Lorraine said...

Liking your thoughts about the coming year and wishing you a year full of blessings!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This blessed my spirit...it is so right on in so many ways.
I agree with each part...I too want to do so much of the same thing.
Enjoy your new life this year...and all the opportunities it holds