Every year I take part in the age-old custom of resolution creation. Unfortunately, they are almost always the same, which means I did not reach them the year before. This year is different…
It is not different because I have all new resolutions, although there are a few fresh on the list.
2014 will be different thanks to my resolve to forgive myself for imperfection.
I have always seen things black or white. All or Nothing. If I set a goal to lose 50 pounds and lost 49, I failed. The goal was not reached. This year, I will be thankful for any steps towards my goals. There will be huge, acceptable gray areas.
I will allow for interruptions, new roads opening before me, and life to happen…
Professor Daniel Wallace’s description in his article “Should a Christian Set Goals” helped me change my rigid former way of looking at resolutions:
“Setting goals is serious business. We ought not to be so anxious about life that we make rigid plans which are beyond our capacity to keep, nor should we be so lazy as to make no plans at all. Rather, with all humility, let us submit our plans to the Lord, and work for his glory.”
Too many of my years were trapped in addiction, all about living to excess. Too much food, alcohol, drugs, self-absorption…
All of my resolutions this year are areas I feel led to improve for reasons bigger than myself. 2014 is my year for giving back and showing God how thankful I am for the life He has surrounded me with.
I want to get healthy so I can have the energy to take care of my family and function at my full capacity to be all I am meant to be. My dream of writing a book is not to see my name on the cover, but to help others through their struggles in those areas I know far too well.
Here is my plan, with the intention of always allowing for God to intercede…
- Become a morning person. It has always been my dream to get up early and spend those quiet early morning hours alone with God. This will also be the perfect time to read through the entire Bible, which I have never done.
- Continue online bible studies with Proverbs 31 Ministries. I have learned so much through the books we have read and the amazing women I have met. I’m looking forward to the upcoming Made to Crave study this month, which will help me with my food issues and spiritual well-being.
- Create office hours for blogging and social media. I spend way too much time on my laptop sitting next to my family. They will have much more of my undivided attention this year.
- Weekly dates with my husband. This doesn’t mean we will go out alone every week, but we can at least watch a movie together after the kids go to bed. The point is to have intentional time alone.
- Move everyday. This can be walking on my treadmill, intense cleaning, a workout video, or anything else qualifying as exercise.
- NO MORE SUGAR! If you were with me in my 31 Days to Food Addiction Recovery series, you know the many reasons I need to cut this nutrient-deprived substance from my diet. I’m now 2 days sugar-free and counting…
- Continue my blog posting schedule of at least 2 per week, 1 creation and 1 life story. Work on reaching more readers who need my story through social media, consistent posting, and a weekly newsletter.
- Write at least a chapter a month for a book to share my past struggles. I really want to help other addicts to find the healing power of Christ. This will be a longterm goal spanning the next 2 years.
There are so many more resolutions I wanted to make, but I am going to focus on 2 per category for now.
Praying you all have an amazing 2014!!