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Happy New Years! It’s a brand new year! How exciting?! A new year means a new beginning, a new start, a clean slate. May I make a suggestion? Let’s make this year better than last year. I’m talking about making changes and doing things differently. There are many things we cannot change and cannot control. I know! I’m a control freak and that fact is hard for me. But I CAN control my feelings and my actions. Let’s be better together?
1.Have self-control over my anger. Woah! This is a big one for me! When in the moment with things going wrong and out of my control, I can get angry. And when I’m angry I tend to yell. I’ve already worked on this last year but I still yelled. I will pray to have control over this. Do you struggle with this? Maybe you don’t yell but keep it all inside? Let us work on this together? “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19b
2. Be kind and spread kindness. I don’t mean “well I’m a nice person so…” I mean intentionally spread kindness around me. With action. How does this look? I’m not completely sure, to be honest. Paying it forward? Paying for someones coffee or lunch. A small care package to give to a homeless person. Offer to help a fellow mom out at the grocery store when you see she may be overwhelmed. Or maybe start at home? Lean down and look into the eyes of your little one when they are telling you something and make them feel like there is nothing more important than what they are saying. Maybe it’s letting those dishes sit in the sink a little bit longer while you sit on the floor and play with your child that same game for the umpteenth time. Or maybe it’s holding them a little tighter and making them feel like there is no place you’d rather be and nothing else you’d rather be doing. I confess I get overwhelmed with housework sometimes. And I can get dismissive or snap at one of my kids if they are trying to get my attention while I’m busy. I want to change that. I want to show kindness to my child. “Therefore, as God chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
3. Pray with intention. I love to pray. I really do. I love that I can come to my Heavenly Father with anything. I pray throughout the day, in the morning and at night. I even have a prayer journal (I highly recommend one). In this new year, I want more written in it. But more specifically I feel the Lord placed it in my heart to pray for my children more. To pray over all of them. Their physical body, their emotional state, and even how I should be parenting them. This has been on my mind so much lately. I always pray for my children. But recently I feel like they need my prayers even more. Specific things that are going on in their lives. Maybe I’ll start a prayer journal just for them? How do you pray for your children? “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phillippians 4:6
4. Use my time more wisely. Be more productive. I’ve slowly been working on this the last couple months of the year. It has been a challenge, yet so rewarding. I use to say I wish there were more hours in the day. I really felt that if there were 26, 28 hours in the day then I could get more done. What I’ve learned is that I need to use my 24 hours more wisely! And I will use my time even more wisely this year and be even more productive. I believe this is something that I can work on all the time. In the season of life, I’m in with 3 little kids my days can be chaotic. There are doctor appointments, therapies, driving to and from, homework, sickness’s, behaviors, to name a few. I cannot always plan or predict what will happen in my 24 hours. I’ve been learning how to let go of things, how to plan my day, how to prioritize and how to let God take control. How do you manage your day? “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1
5. We are at number 5! I wanted to make a nice list. 5 sounded a looked good. But I don’t have a number 5. Maybe it will come to me later. I believe we can make New Year’s resolutions all year long. Next month is a new month. Let’s see if we can add #5 then? Or maybe you have your own #5. What is it? I know that for me the word “intention” has been floating around in my head. I think it may be my word for the year. I want to pray with intention. I want to teach my children with intention. I want to live each day with intention. Intention: A thing intended: an aim or plan.
Are you ready to start? I am! I’m so excited about the new year. I’m so excited I get to share it with you. I know there will be hardship and challenges. But there will also be happiness and victories. We can do this!