Thursday, January 02, 2014

Another Year Begins: Time to Tidy Up!

OK, so last year I had plans to write regularly in this space.  Looking at my last post, I see very clearly how far that resolution carried me!

So today I have some new- not resolutions- what shall I call them?  Looking at my journal from a few days ago, I guess I am calling them "hopes."  What do I hope to accomplish in 2014?  Well, #1 is always my number one, but here are the highlights:

#1:  Refresh, renew, revitalize my walk with God.

#2:  I've been reading Gordon MacDonald's Ordering Your Private World, and yes, I hope to bring order to my world- that is, my whole world- physical, spiritual, and emotional.  Which is why, as soon as I finish this post I will be getting to some major de-cluttering of my physical space! This is a constant battle for me and (I think my mother figured this out about 50 years ago, but sometimes I catch on slowly) I have realized that it will require self-discipline.  I am not naturally tidy.

#3: Find my way back to Quietness.  Isaiah 30:15:  "In quietness and trust is your strength."  Quietness takes time, and I really need to take that time every day to be still.  Paul told the Ephesians, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands..."  That is so much what I want my life to be like!

There is more to my list, but I'll keep the others to myself for now.  One has to do with writing, another with gardening, and another with what I call Aspirations. There are only seven items on my list altogether, and they aren't resolutions (diet and fitness didn't even make it to the list, though as usual, I'm working toward improvements there), but I'm hoping that by keeping my personal list before me, I will make movement toward these goals- this week, this month, this year...

Happy New Year, everyone!