1. Pray more.
I have found that I spend a lot of time worrying, fretting, thinking, and solving, when my time would be better spent in communion with God. Prayer doesn't really come that naturally to me. I am more of a prayer bench-warmer! I can get into the game occasionally, but haven't learned to live in a rhythm of prayer. So, I want to be more disciplined in my prayer.
2. Eat Better
This is a common resolution, I know; but, 2012 is the year of turning 40 for me and I have noticed a significant drop in my energy level. Also, my body cannot bounce back from abuse (like eating all things cream cheese, sausage, and sugar for 4 weeks) as quickly as it used to! I have headaches, and stomach aches, and all kinds of various boring aches. I know that my food choices heavily influence the way I feel. I want to feel better, so I'm going to eat better.
I think this one goes hand-in-hand with #1. I need more down time. I think about the needs of so many people all the time and am constantly bombarded with interruptions (I'm not talking about being thoughtful here! I mean things like, "Mom, where is my uniform?" and "Mom, how do you work this problem?" and "Shell, do you know where I put my keys?"). I crave stillness, quiet, and solitude; but, I find I spend much of my "me time" on the computer. I enjoy Pinterest and blog-hopping and follow way too many people on my google reader; but, I've got to limit myself. I'm pretty sure I am an electronic device addict! So, I'm going to put some parameters around when I am on the computer and for how long. Sadly, I am finding this to be necessary!!
So, that's it for me! Three little resolutions.
Sure, there are about a thousand other things I could do better, but I think these three will be a great start.
Here's to renewed hope at the start of a new year!
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”