Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2012 Resolutions

I've been a little wishy-washy on the whole resolutions thing.  I don't really enjoy setting myself up for failure!!  But, truthfully, there is something to be said for setting goals and working to achieve them.  So here are some things I've been tossing around to work toward in 2012.

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.

3.  Unplug
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.”

-Lamentations 3:22-24

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