A New Year, A New Start
I'm pondering 2011 today... I can't believe it's almost HERE! What happened?! It seems like this past year went by so quickly!
I just love the new year. I love to unwrap my new planner (yes, I'm a geek!) and I love to mark it's crisp, clean pages with all of my highest expectations of organization. Yep, that's lasts until about mid-March!
This year, I'm not making New Year's resolutions -- I'm making quarterly goals! I tend to be "all or nothing", and usually set very high goals for the New Year. I will wear myself OUT trying to do everything perfectly, and then I will mess up and think that there's no use to try, I've already messed up my perfect plans... isn't that crazy!? This year, I want to set a few goals for the next 3 months. By telling you, maybe I will be more accountable -- we all need that, right? I hope that by setting goals for 3 months only, I will be able to stay consistent and know that even if I "mess it up", there is another new start right around the corner!
So.... for my first round of goals! This year I aim to:
-- Not give up if I don't have a 'perfect' record for each resolution!
-- Drink more water
-- Be more active each day
-- Spend more one-on-one time with each of my kids
-- Spend more one-on-one time alone with God in prayer and Bible study
-- Have more date nights with my hubby! Anyone want to watch two wild boys? :-)
-- Consistently plan meals in advance
-- listen with patience, speak in words filled with grace, and encourage in hope....
This Psalm has been on my heart all month, and I pray that as we enter a new year it will remind me that my life is only a breath. I am not promised all of 2011, (or even to start it!). Each day is important. Life is not all about huge, monumental occasions, celebrations, or milestones. Life is simply wrapped up in a beautiful package of messy kids, loads of laundry, scraped-up knees, kissing boo-boos, laughter with my husband, holding hands while we sleep, tear-filled eyes during songs to our Lord, and prayers of thanks for each of life's moments.
Cherish each moment in 2011, and celebrate each step of the journey!
We are each only a breath.