Crazy Planner Type Lady

I’ve been feeling lately like I need to get more organized. Have a plan for the day, the week, the things I do. Early to rise, stick to a cleaning schedule, stick to a schedule for my kids, stick to a time where I spend time alone with God. Now I’m not talking being strict. I’m a flexible person. But I just mean having a better routine and schedule than having none at all.

You know those people who have a planner for everything they do? It’s full of different colored ink for different things, highlighted areas, little post-it notes are hanging out of it, you see scribbles here and there of things that need to get done or reminders. And things aren’t even in full sentences. Heck, they may not even be written horizontally like normal people write things, it’s just wherever they have room to fit it in. And they are just one word sentences like “Laundry” – “Dog” – “Ground Beef” – “Babysitter – “Doctors“. Those types of planners are kind of a beautiful, hot mess.

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I find those kinds of planners funny but at the same time interesting. Notice I say planners and not “those kinds of people with planners.But I guess we are talking about the people who have those kinds of planners. I always used to think to myself how unorganized these people are that they have to write their whole life in these unorganized looking books. I think of those moms who are just constantly doing and going. They always have an appointment and always working on a project. But now that I have kids I have found that it is so opposite. People who write everything down in this crazy book of a million colors and scribbles aren’t disorganized and crazy. They’ve had it right all along! Foolish me!

I’ve found that as long as I don’t have a plan then my whole day is just going to be me doing what I feel like doing. Which is generally just moseying around the house doing this and that. I’ll straighten things up, keep the kids alive, I’ll set out to clean the bathrooms but then I don’t get around to doing it. So basically my days are just filled with a bunch of nothingness. I’m busy, but at the same time by the end of the day I’ve hardly accomplished anything. WHY?!

I think it’s because I don’t have any organization to my day. I don’t have a plan. No routine. One day I sleep till 10:00 (which I hate) and the next I’m up at 8:00 with my oldest child. Some days we eat lunch at 11:00 other days it could be as late as 1:00. Mondays and Thursdays used to be laundry days but now I’m lucky to do laundry once in the week and even that takes me a couple days to get it washed, folded, and put away. Which by the time that’s taken care of there is a new pile that needs to be washed. What is this doing? It’s making me constantly feel stressed about my chores. Or stressed about my 9 month old not being to bed at the same time every night.

There’s something to be said about those crazy ladies with the colorful wonder books. They have a plan. They have a routine. It may look crazy. But they know what they gotta do when they gotta do it. And they probably get most of it done. Because it’s in writing. It’s scheduled. They’re held accountable to that schedule.

With that being said I was given a book to read by a friend and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s all about getting organized and loving your days as a stay-at-home-mom. This friend that let me borrow this book didn’t even know I’ve been struggling with this and working to fix it. And one day she just shows up with it for me to read. I think God is definitely working with me on this.

I’m still working on reading it and also working on a book review for it. And I’m feeling very excited about it! I also have on my shopping list to Target to buy myself a planner. YES! I’m going to be one of those crazy, colorful ink pen, post-it note, planner lady moms!

FULL OF CHRIST

I’d like to share a short experience.

I love it when God does a work in the hearts of His people!

As you may have read in other posts I have really felt a calling in my heart to draw closer to the LORD through prayer, reading His Word, gaining all I can from messages given at church, many ways! Now, more than ever, I feel my need for a closer walk with Him. And I’ve done my best to respond to that call. Though, I know I need to continue to work harder and keep that zeal alive in my heart. And do more for the LORD.

In this time that I’ve been seeking Him more, God has given me a little experience. I hate using words like ‘small’ or ‘little’ when it comes to the things of God. Because with God nothing is little or small or too big. To you it may seem like a little thing, but to me its a great deliverance!

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Something you should know about me is I’m a very paranoid person. I’m always thinking about these horrible and terrible scenarios. Just totally absurd thoughts. Tragic things happening to my children, husband, family members. And I just play out these crazy thoughts in my head. Like a horrible disaster movie where bad thing after bad thing happens and it just leaves you feeling depressed and scared after watching it. Well, that’s a bit of what goes on in my head.

Except it’s not just every-so-often these thoughts come. It’s not once a month, every couple weeks, or even once a week. It’s every…single…night. For months this was happening. I will toss and turn thinking and imagining. Sometimes I would wake in the night with these paranoid, fearful thoughts.

BUT GOD! Has put a deeper calling on my life. I’ve made a great effort to begin reading my Bible every day this year, which will result in reading the Bible through cover to cover. And ever since I’ve been reading the Bible I haven’t had one fearful thought! Glory be to God!

I feel like Joseph, in the book of Genesis after he is done interpreting the dreams for Pharaoh, when he says in Genesis 41:16 “It is not in me: God shall give…” It wasn’t anything that Joseph did, BUT GOD did it for him. And that’s how I feel! I didn’t do this. I couldn’t have done this. I tried for so long to gain control over my thoughts. I would quote scriptures, sing Godly songs. And yet, the only victory I would get over it would be falling asleep. But it’s been weeks since a thought of fear has entered my mind. That could have only been God!

And it’s not that I had this sudden epiphany or read this extremely powerful scripture verse that just miraculously made it all click and fix things for me. Though, I do certainly believe that could have happened! In fact, I think that’s what I was expecting. I’d be sitting reading my Bible and then it would happen. It would just hit and click. All around me would light up. And my hair would begin blowing back perfectly with a rush of wind. You’d hear the choir of angels sing! And I’d be healed from my spirit of fear! I was really expecting that! Okay, I dramatized that a bit, but something along those lines.

(I’m certainly not making light of that. Because I really believe God can instantly heal people of conditions; mental, physical, and spiritual.)

But that’s not how it was. It was simple. I just began filling myself with MORE OF GOD! Something amazing happens when you empty yourself of yourself and begin to fill yourself back up with God. Christ begins to move on your behalf. And you will start to see changes. You’ll begin to have deliverance from things that have been burdening you.

Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Do you think God wanted me to have that spirit of fear in my life? No! But I think He wanted me to be more full of Him. To start making Him a priority in my life instead of secondary. And sometimes He wasn’t even secondary to me. And if I’m full of Christ do you think I’ll be carrying around nonsense burdens? No! Christ has already bore those burdens for me. We just need to give it all to Him. Start emptying yourself of your wants and desires and begin to let Christ come in and fill you up.

I’m not saying I’ll never struggle with being fearful again. I’m a mom so I think a lot of it is just natural. But that’s where God comes in. I need to start getting rid of the things that put those fearful thoughts in my head. Maybe it’s some intense TV show I watch. Empty it from my life. Then, fill that up with Christ! Fill myself up with Christ and claim the victory over it!

God is so good! I understand now how David felt in writing the Psalms. He was so full of praise. I, too, want to be full of praise for my God!

And I just want to end this with a verse in Genesis 32:10 when Jacob is praying to God he says “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies.” And that’s how I feel. I’m not worthy of His mercies and of His goodness! But He’s faithful! His mercies are new every morning! He wants to see us have victory over the burdens we have in our lives! He hasn’t asked us to carry those things but He said “Just give them to me!” Fill yourself up with Christ and He will fill you up with good things!

Am I a Mary or a Martha?

Today as I was reading my daily devotional (Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer) it talked about knowing when to start and stop. In the devotional she referenced the day Jesus and His disciples came to the house of Mary and Martha. How Mary knew when to stop and Martha didn’t. So I figured I’d do a little study of my own on this subject and look further into the story of Mary and Martha on this particular day Jesus came to visit.

We can read of this account in Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42. In verse 38 we see they come to Martha’s house and in verse 39 Mary sits at the feet of Jesus to listen to His words. And in verse 40 Martha starts to get stressed out.

“But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, LORD, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.”

I can only imagine what Martha was feeling here. We have all, at some point or another, entertained guests. It’s a bit of a stress. Is the house clean? Will they feel comfortable? Will the food be good? Will they have a good time? But we are talking about hosting Jesus Christ and His disciples here. I would’ve probably ended up burning down the house in a nervous, stressed-out, frenzy. And then, Mary her sister, who is supposed to be helping her goes in and sits with everyone leaving Martha to tend to everything else on her own. I get it, I’d freak out too.

I know Martha didn’t actually freak out, but it was pretty obvious she was frustrated.

But Jesus tells her in verse 41, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled(anxious) about many things.”

She was worrying about things that didn’t need to be worried about.

Verse 42, “But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

One thing was needed in that time and it was to sit with Jesus and hear what He had to say. Put away the things of this world, the tasks of the day, the stresses and spend some time with the LORD.

Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”

I want so much to seek after the LORD. To admire His beauty as Mary did. Every day to dwell in His Word, in His presence and learn more of His excellent greatness.

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A couple of questions came to my mind while reading these scriptures. Why did Martha show Jesus her frustration? Why wasn’t Mary helping Martha? What was “that good part” Jesus was talking about in Luke 10:42? And why was it something that could never be taken away from her?

Some of these questions just came from curiosity and don’t have much value in their answers. But some of these questions have good answers and are a big part of the lesson we should take away.

In John chapter 11 we read the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I wont go through this chapter in detail since it isn’t my focus. But in this chapter we find out that Jesus was good friends with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He had spent time with them and in their home. John 11 verse 35 we read that He was moved to tears at the death of Lazarus. So we know that Martha must’ve been pretty close and comfortable with Jesus to express her frustrations to Him. (Luke 10:40)

As for my second question, Mary and Martha are two different people. They had different personalities and demeanors. Martha was maybe more controlling, a leader, more of an outgoing person. Mary was quieter and her approach to Christ was one of a very humbled person. She strongly desired to enjoy the presence of her Savior.

Is there anything wrong with being a Martha? No! Absolutely not. We should all have a heart to serve God and His people. But Ecclesiastes 3:1 states “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

As a housewife I think my #1 priority is to serve. Cook, clean, etc… but sometimes it’s important for us to sit. Especially to sit awhile with Christ. Spend time in prayer. Spend time reading His Word. Admire Him, learn from Him, dwell with Him daily. (Psalm 27:4)

We have many priorities and responsibilities as wives and mothers, but what is most important?

Like Martha there are so many things we become stressed about. This is our job! It’s our duty to serve people. As wives we serve our husbands. As mother’s we serve our children. As stewards of God we serve His people. But who are we ultimately seeking?

Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

In our day we have the Bible to read. That’s our guidance, that’s where we learn of Christ, that’s our foundation. In Mary and Martha’s day Christ was The Word. Mary chose “that good part.” She chose The Word. Which the answer to my 3rd question. In Hebrews 2:1-3 we read of the importance of hearing and doing the things of the Word. To choose the “good part.” And in answer to my 4th question. Things of this world will pass away, but the things of God are forever. They give us eternity.

There are many needs in this life, but what is the greatest need? Why are we allowing secondary needs to fill us up when Christ is priority? There’s wisdom in choosing what to do in our day-to-day lives and when to do it. Cleaning the house, caring for our family, these things are priorities. But don’t forget to set aside those things for a time and for a season to seek after God. For in Him is our strength. In Him there is life everlasting.

I would like to think that I would be a Mary, but honestly, I’m pretty sure I’d be a Martha. Not a bad thing. But for such a time as that was, Christ wasn’t going to be there, in the flesh, forever. They needed to learn all they could from Christ while he was with them. And for such a time as this, I need God more than ever. I’m a young mom of 2 kids. I’m a wife. I can’t do this on my own. I need more of Him to get me through.

Again, I want to stress that there is nothing wrong with being a Martha. She loved the LORD so much, as do we. I’m simply encouraging myself to look at the big picture here. How much time am I spending with Him? I’m not saying keep your nose in the Bible all day while your family needs you. But to look to Him more. Seek Him more. In our troubles and in our needs where can we go but to the Rock that is higher than I. I want to dedicate more time to Him and less time to the things that I deem as most important. Those things will be there for another time, those things will fade, but Christ is upon whom I want to build my life. He is forever, “which shall not be taken away from me.” Luke 10:42

No More Excuses I’m Going To Read My Bible

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth.” Isaiah 55:10-11a

I’ve had such a desire stir in my heart to read and become more familiar with His Word. And it’s in my list of Godly Resolutions you can read here.  A message was given by my pastor back in August about the Word of God. It truly inspired me. From then on I’ve had an increasing desire to make the Bible a priority. A couple of statements he made in this message that stood out to me were, “God speaks every day through His Word. His will is in His Word.”

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The Bible is literally a Christian’s instruction manual. In it I find everything I need for my daily walk with Him. It’s as a rain that cometh in and nourishes my life so that I can grow more in Him. I learn how to treat my brothers and sisters, how to be a good friend, how to forgive, how to have charity, how to walk righteously, how we ought to love. The list goes on and on.

But more than those things I get to learn more about my God and Savior. I get to read of His love. How he sent His only Son so that I may live eternal life. I have the privilege of reading how when Christ came and died on the cross for you, for me, how grace was applied. Where there was sin and death-Christ came and was obedient unto death. Where sin abounds in my life, grace does much more abound!! Romans 5:20

How empty and hopeless my life would be without Him. But how much more faith and hope and love I can have by reading His Word; by increasing my knowledge and understanding of what He’s done for me I will have more of a relationship with Him. The Word is powerful enough to move me from a destiny of death to a destiny of life. II Timothy 3:15 I can have life changing encounters with God through His Word. It’s powerful enough to change my way of thinking. Ephesians 5:26

I want to read his Word, I want to talk about it, I want to meditate on it, I want to sing it! In these words of life is my God and my Savior, in these words are His will for me. I want to fill my mind with more of His Word. And by doing this I’ll begin to have more communication with Him as He speaks to me through it.

I’ve never been faithful about reading my Bible. It’s something I really need to work on and make a priority in my life. But I think God is so great, in that He knows the desire of our hearts. And when we have a desire to learn more of Him, He will satisfy those desires. I’ve had some experiences (dealing with every day life, the kids, praying for friends, etc…) in just the last couple of months and a scripture will come to my mind. And I KNOW it’s God speaking to me. And it’s causing me to want to read the scriptures more!

Like I said, I’ve never been good about reading and having a knowledge of His Word. Sure, I’ve heard it my whole life. But to have scriptures randomly come to me like that has never happened. I know it’s God giving me a greater desire to search out the scriptures. I want to listen to His call. He’s asking me to draw closer. And I know that as I draw closer to Him that He will draw closer to me. Grant it, LORD! And I just have to give Him the glory!

 I really have no excuses why the Bible can’t be apart of some part of my every day life. I’m not running around like a chicken with its head cut off from the second I open my eyes to the minute I close them. There are always times in my day where I’m relaxing here and there. Either I’m nursing my son, putting him to sleep, taking 10-20 minutes to myself while my daughter plays in her room, or the 2-3 hours I have in the evening after my kids are asleep. There’s plenty of time to read 2-4 chapters a day of the Bible. So, why do I always make excuses for myself not to read my Bible through in a year?

I’m ashamed I’ve never read my Bible through, cover to cover, in a year. Shouldn’t that be something every Christian has done? Yet, somehow I’ve always come up with a reason or why not to. And somehow I always feel justified by those excuses. But this year those reasons and excuses just aren’t enough. I may have 2 kids and a house to tend to, but let’s be honest, I always have times throughout the day where I have the opportunity to look through my phone. I check some social media, pin some things on Pinterest, do some texting, etc… And I have the KJV Bible on my phone so why don’t I read it while I have some down time?

I know it won’t be easy. I may miss a day here or there. I know it will be hard to bring my mind under submission and really focus on what I’m reading. I have no excuses. I have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

My Time As A Mother

When I look back on this time in my life, as a mom, I know there will be many things I’ll remember. The good and the bad.

I’ll remember the things my kids did that drove me crazy, I’ll remember all the nights I tried so hard to get them to sleep through the night, their first “real” sicknesses, and all the countless times I picked up all those toys.

More than all of that, though, I think I will remember trying to get my kids to play so I could get my stuff done. Trying to distract them with toys and movies so I could clean the house. I’ll remember caving in and letting them have my phone or the iPad just so I could fold a couple loads of laundry without getting interrupted and without them throwing all the folded clothes around because their “helping” me.

I will remember all of that because I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll look back and regret the most.

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I forget and I forget, but I’m trying to keep reminding myself the things that I have placed as a priority (a perfect house, getting things done in a timely manner,etc…) are not the things that matter. When I’m 50 and 60 years old I know I’m not going to look back and say “Well, at least my house was clean and I stuck to my perfect schedule.” If it is, then I know I’ve lived a poor life and gave my children a poor childhood. And so, I need to change.

These are the things (to name a few) that I want to remember and say about my time as a mother…

“The house was a mess….but we had SO MUCH FUN building forts in the living room.”

“It took hours but my daughter LOVED helping me fold and put away the laundry. She felt so helpful and accomplished and learned some things about responsibility and housewifery.”

“I had to scrub and scrape stickers off our floor, but they SO ENJOYED “decorating” with them. And I loved seeing reminders of my children around the house when I see their stickers all over the place. ”

“It required some patience but my kids LOVED helping me make dinner-It was a blast! And was way too salty.”

My kids had a fun childhood WITH their mom and dad.”

“We were there for them…always”

Of course I know I’m there for my kids, and we do everything to make them know we are. But I want to make sure I’m there for them not just in the big things, but also in the little things that don’t seem to matter at this point. I’m realizing that a perfect house really doesn’t matter. No, as much as I’d love to, I won’t forfeit cleaning anymore. But I’ll work to shift my priorities. If I don’t get to it, I don’t get to it. It can wait till the kids are in bed. It can wait till tomorrow. Or it can take longer than usual so they can participate with me. After all, what else do I have going on that’s so important?

My children’s lives are the most important thing I’ll ever invest my time in. They’re so worth it.

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And it’s not just about playing with them. I’ve been given this duty of raising and training up my children. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It’s my job to look for and find opportunities to teach them and help them grow. How can I do that if I’m casting them aside throughout the day? What does that teach them?

I want to say I’m not literally “casting them aside every day.” I do things with them, I gently care for them, I’m there for them. For the most part I’d say I’m a good mom. I make mistakes, clearly. I’m simply stating and encouraging that I want to devote more time to my children. After all, God entrusted them to me. They’re the biggest responsibility I have and will ever have. And I always want to look for ways on improving my role as a mother.

I stated earlier that how can I create learning opportunities for my children if I’m not actively being apart of the things they take part in? If I’m not creating new adventures for them, taking the time to teach them new things. But so much more important than all of that is my responsibility to teach them about their Heavenly Father.

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them DILIGENTLY unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7

This is something I cannot take lightly. If I don’t teach them about God, who will? If I don’t pray for them, who will? If I don’t teach them to pray, who will?

I’m just trying to remind myself and encourage you that the episode of that show you need to catch up on can wait. The dishes can wait. The laundry can wait. The bathrooms will be there later to clean. Our children need us now. They’re growing and won’t be little for long. What we do now makes an imprint on their lives forever. Enjoy every minute. Watch them grow. Experience their growth. Relive your childhood again with them.

Put the phone away, forget about the constant to-dos that never go away, make messes, have laughs, have conversations, make memories, don’t waste your motherhood.

LORD, grant me the grace and strength to be the mother I need to be for my children.

 

 

 

Depending On God in the New Year

As the new year approaches I’m feeling a greater call to improve my walk with God. A call that’s been steadily growing louder throughout the year, but especially over the past few months. It’s like the LORD is telling me “draw closer…draw closer.”

And what a fool I’d be not to respond to the LORD’s call, inviting me to a closer walk with Him. But I’ve asked myself too many times how do I do that? I being the operative word in that sentence. I feel the need for a closer walk with Him and yet, right from the get-go, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do this. Instead of just relying completely on the LORD.

I’m not saying this will require no effort on my part, but I’ve already been relying on my own plans and thoughts. Instead of prayerfully considering the change that God is wanting to make in my life and how that can be achieved in His way. And then I keep chanting to myself “I can do this…look at the close walk others have with God…I can have that too!” Which, sure, that’s true. But how independent of me! I’m trying to deepen my relationship with Him and already I’m not putting my trust and faith and dependence on Him. Already, I’m looking at others’ walk with Him instead of just worrying about the work that God is wanting to do in MY life.

Sometimes I get a little big headed about it. Not that I feel the desire to rub it in people’s faces that I feel this need to do better. Just that in my own head I feel like I’m doing a good job by having these desires. So I think I’m on the right track. But that’s my first mistake. And that’s the problem. These aren’t my desires. These are God’s desires for me. It’s God who is touching my mind. And it’s only Him that can give me the strength to continue to grow.

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In my devotional today I was reading about being a peacemaker. But to do the things of God and be like Christ you have to lean on Him. It’s not by our own strength. It’s so great to have the desire to change and do better. But you can’t do it by yourself. Even if you seek to do good if it’s all with your own head knowledge and efforts then you’ll fail.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

In ALL thy ways acknowledge Him(Proverbs 3:6.) Seek Him. Lean on Him. Trust Him. And that is what I hope to do this year in all of my endeavors. Not just my spiritual ones but also as a wife and mother(though I suppose those are spiritual endeavors too.) As I go about my day I want to have the LORD on the forefront of my mind. Constant in prayer. Seeking Him for my strength, His guidance. I fall in so many areas of my life. Probably because I’ve been so dependent on myself  or even others instead of looking to Him-my comfort and my strength.

I just want to make it a habit to look for and see God in all I do-to depend FULLY on Him for all I need. Because if not for Him I wouldn’t even be here. His grace is sufficient for me! His strength is made perfect in my weakness! II Corinthians 12:9 And, boy, do I have a lot of weaknesses. I need His help!

Godly Resolutions

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 I’m not usually a new year’s resolutions type person. I do, however, think it’s good to set goals for yourself. Especially, if they are goals to establish a better and deeper relationship with God. And what better time to set these kind of goals like the present? Well, seeing as how it’s the end of the year and 2016 is a couple short weeks away, sure, we will just call them my new year’s resolutions.

I’ve been impressed recently to deepen my relationship with the LORD. I know there are many ways to do this. But there are a couple things specifically I’ve felt I need to do. I figured it’d be a good opportunity to compile those things into an organized list and put them in this post. Then, throughout the next couple months, or as I feel impressed, write about each specific thing in a separate blog post.

(This list isn’t specific and limited to one year. I know realistically no one can perfect their walk with God in one short year. But rather, it is a life-long journey. I simply hope and pray that this coming year I can begin to change and form some habits that will cause me to grow more in Him. And while as far as deepening your relationship with God goes, there should be a very long list of things I need to do within myself to achieve that. However, I will start with a few things and as the years go on my list will grow. The more I delight myself in the things of God, the more my desires will begin to line up with what He wants for me and my list will grow.)

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1. Walk, daily, in continuous prayer with the LORD

I’ve heard women talk in random blog posts about being in continuous prayer with God as they go throughout there day. Doing chores, taking care of the kids, etc… And it just seems so ideal to me to always have that channel of communication open with Him as I go throughout my day. I know it’ll take time to get to this point where I feel my heart is always set on God, but it’s something I really want in my life. There is so much I want to say on this. So, I’ll leave it for a separate post in the future.

2. Communicate more with Him

I realize that this is basically the same thing as prayer, but, for me personally, it means something a bit more than just praying. I used to always feel like I was praying to a brick wall. Which I know is silly. I know He hears my prayers. I just want to open myself up to receive more from Him. And a major way this has happened for me recently (and I want more of) is reaching into His Word for my answers to prayer. This will also have a post of it’s own because its been a great blessing to me recently. But I’ve had a handful of situations recently where I’ll be praying or thinking about God and a scripture will come to my heart-just like it was a perfect answer to what I was thinking or praying. I want more of this!!

3. Learn more of the Word of God

In order to have #2 I have to know more of the Bible. I know God can touch anyone’s mind and lay a scripture on their heart from out of no where. He’s done it for me!! But I have to be open to Him doing that. I can’t expect to receive something from Him if I’m not utilizing one of the MAJOR channels He speaks to us through, the Bible. I also can’t expect God to do all the work and randomly lay scriptures on my mind. I have to take those steps and search out the scriptures for myself.

4. Keep a thankful journal

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18. I am beyond blessed. It’s the least I can do to take the time and write out all He’s done for me. To thank Him and praise Him for it all. I hope to do this daily(or as often as I can)-write down 3-5 things I’m thankful for.

5. Keep a prayer journal

This is similar and different to #1. I want to do this for the fact of keeping record of the experiences I go through. The trials I have and how God brought me through those. Prayers I pray and how God answered those prayers. Anything I can do to keep Him on the forefront of my heart and mind. And keep communication open with Him.

What are some of your “resolutions?”