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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2012
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As we begin each brand new year, traditionally we take a moment to reflect on ourselves and the past year. Mistakes we’ve made and things we wish we had done differently come to mind. It’s natural to see the New Year as a time to “start over” with something in your life. We might choose to eat healthier, become organized, stop a bad habit, or learn something new.

Often, it ends up that we break our resolution. Our old ways take control and we start to behave in our usual manner. It’s a sad testament to who we are when that happens. Most of the time, we just don’t give it enough time to “stick.” I’ve heard before that it takes around 21 days to form a habit. Honestly, that’s a long time for me…especially when I know it’s probably good for me, but not necessarily fun. But, oh, it’s worth it in the end, when you’ve overcome what was standing in your way of being improved!

All this to say, I have decided what my New Year’s resolution will be for 2012. I have decided to lose weight…the weight of anxiety and sorrow and dread. It has been a year for all that, and not just for me. As a matter of fact, I know that the things I have gone through are not near what others have experienced. All those conditions really do weigh down on a person. They can suck all the joy out of us, until our whole little worlds are colored, negatively I might add. We become cynical and even begin to expect more crises. A sad state of being, to be sure.

I actually began working on this in November. I took on the challenge of being thankful for something every day. Maybe in some people’s minds this is not a New Year’s resolution because of that, but I came to a realization and it’s worth continuing. In the course of the month on November, as I searched each day for something different to be thankful for, my view began to change.

When things happened, I was able to see something to thank the Lord for, whatever the circumstance. And I couldn’t help spreading it, helping other people see something positive or thankful-worthy in all things. What I’m noticing now is that I feel lighter. My cynicism is taking a back seat to joy in the moments the Lord is giving me. And I hope again, for new, exciting, lovely things that I know the Lord has in store for me and my family.

Maybe my habit has already been established, but I don’t want to take a chance on losing this wonderful buoyant feeling in my spirit. I’m choosing to make this permanent in me!

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Norma J permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:00 pm

    Beautifully written! I’m so proud of you…Thanksgiving, the euchristeo, HAS to bring change because of who He is! I’m so happy for you and for the filling of His Peace, Love and Grace to do what He is calling you to do! I stand with you to believe for and give thanks for His great work in you. Love you so much!!

    • Marla permalink*
      January 3, 2012 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Mom! Love you!

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