I hadn't much time to plan any goals or to do much reflecting on the new year while my sweet grandmother was visiting over Christmas, so over the weekend my mind and heart have been seeking out what kinds of things God might want me to work on this year and pondering over the Live It challenge we're doing over at Meditations of His Love. I can't tell you what joy it gives my heart when God solidifies these challenges in my heart, knowing it's exactly what He has for me to do.
While laying there thinking up all these post and writing idea's and thinking of the MOHL challenge I decided it might be best to write some of these thoughts down (before I forget them!). ;) Then, I also decided some of those thoughts ought to be shared...here!
As I wrote earlier today and I'll talk more about on Meditations of His Love next week, I felt God leading me not to make out a list of goals to accomplish. To keep in the spirit of things though I want to be updating and sharing what He's teaching me this year so I decided each Monday will be update day! Yeah! That way I can write up how things went the previous week and share some of the lessons and things He's showing me to work on in my character.
This past week was one of adjustment: my grandmother was still visiting, then she went home Friday, so over the weekend we rested up and I began to think about the Live It challenge in more detail...
*My mother helped me choose and print out some pages to keep me on track this year. I am blogging on 3 blogs, post updates on 3 facebook pages (my own, Young Homemakers, and Meditations of His Love), and have the challenge to participate in, as well as a hope to finish writing my first book this year. I'm working now on scheduling and working out my blog posts on paper first similar to the way my friend Rachelle does.
This page I love the most...when I saw the words "take action" I knew this is what I wanted to do for my Live It challenge this year.
Each day, sometimes once a week, I will pick a random verse with a character trait that I need to work on; that goes under the "what to remember" line. Then under the "take action" line I'll write a way I can Live It. This verse was on being content, so that day I tried not to grumble or complain. I didn't succeed all the way but it was a start and I found I focused more on what I said and how I said it more than I'm used to doing.
*For the month of January I am focusing on love. I've written so many posts on this topic on MOHL...the Bible is flooded with passages on love to glean from! But it's one attribute that doesn't characterize me as a person very well. It's the one topic I was most looking forward to working on this year for the challenge because I want to put love to the test...I want to put love into actions, not just words.
*I realized that to truly Live It this year, I will have to not give in when my flesh bids me give up or be lazy. I have a lot on my plate this year and I know each one God has for me to do, but to accomplish anything and finish this year living it well, I need not get distracted or give in to laziness. Some breaks are okay...never getting anything done is not. So here's to a productive 2013! :)
So there are a few of the things I've been thinking over this year already.