Happy 2018!!! It’s gotta be true what they say, that “the days pass slowly but the years fly by.” I clearly remember being in 5th grade with the whole Y2K thing looming over our heads. Is that really nearly 20 years ago? That was also the year that OU won the National Championship, just FYI 🙂 BOOMER!
How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? Love them? Hate them? Love to break them? According to my very official Google search, 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions. In 2017, about 21% of those were about weight loss or healthier eating. Only 9% of people felt successful in keeping their resolutions. The next biggest buckets were Life/Self Improvements and Better Financial Decisions. And, you know, about 67% of statistics are made up anyways 😉 .
I don’t make “official” resolutions, but I do think about things I want to try or do differently in the upcoming year.
Make prayer a priority
I have so many things I’m working on myself for, but this is a biggie. I keep listening to sermons, talking with others, trying to find out how to be better at it, knowing all the while that I just need to DO IT more frequently and conscientiously. It’s like I keep trying to figure out the secret as to why it doesn’t come as easily or naturally for me as it seems to for some others. Even though we are to approach God with reverence, he also wants us to go to him as a child would to their father. Jesus had to teach his disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:5-15 and gave them a model prayer, commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” If something is taught, it must need to be practiced as well, right? My biggest problems are that I try to pray “on the fly” and don’t put near the amount of thought in them as I should, or my mind wanders and drifts different places and I forget that I was even praying in the first place and not just seemingly talking to myself.
So, this year I’m adopting Nike’s line of “Just Do It” when it comes to my prayer life.
There’s a whole “unbusy” movement going on, and I love it! It’s all about living simply, savoring the “real life” moments, re-prioritizing, unplugging, and changing the way we think of “making the most of your time.” CJ is the laid-back to my crazy and has already told me when I need to say “no” to something. As you know, I can get frantic if I have a lot to do in a (seemingly) short amount of time or if we have too many things planned. Especially because most of the time I feel like I can and should do it all. Recently, we had nearly every waking hour for a weekend scheduled – all with fun stuff, but it sent me spinning. He calmly told me to take something out. I so did not want to, and it was hard to make the decision, but after I did I felt like I could breathe again. If I want to hang out less or not be as involved in certain things this year, don’t be offended 🙂
Detach from my phone
I want to be on my phone less while I am at home and MUCH less mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I call it “creeping,” but it’s like my first instinct when I have a few minutes or I’m standing in a line is to scroll and catch up on the “news.” Sometimes people announce a social media hiatus with a “I won’t be on here for awhile…” post. That’s not my plan. I plan to just quietly suspend them for a certain amount of time (still thinking about how long). Clearly, I also didn’t start officially Jan 1, because you’re reading this 🙂 .
I have one of those “On this Day” apps, and besides seeing the pics from years gone by, most of what I see embarrasses me with how stupid (sorry Dad, had to use the “S” word) it is. Plus, when we post too much about what we’re doing, it makes it really hard to have a real conversation….because you already know exactly what they’ve been up to! It is nice though because my family (some across the country and some across the world) feel much closer than they actually are. When we get together, it doesn’t feel like we’ve really spent much time apart. By far my favorite thing to do is to share pics of my little sweet thing, but I think her FL Grandma will do an awesome job of holding the fort down for me 🙂 .
After proofreading, it appears I also need to detach from 🙂 ‘s, but, I love them too much and don’t feel like I can express myself or tone properly without them, so….. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 sorry ’bout ‘cha.
Take out my contacts every night
Self-explanatory. World’s worst over here!
Wherever 2018 leads us, I hope and pray that we may always keep God at the forefront of our minds, that we keep everything in proper perspective, and that I may be able to encourage you in even the smallest of ways.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.