Friday, January 13, 2012

Welcome 2012!!!

2012  A year for Revelations- 40 weeks & 40 days

Wow, can't believe I only posted once for 2011!  Really??  I must have been one busy mommy.  Or was it that 2011 was just such a weird year?  (Tornados, parents divorce, etc etc.....)  I'm not sure.  BUT, my creative juices are working again.  I'm chewing on something that the Lord has given me and I feel led to share it with you.  Not sure if it will encourage anyone but me, but I sure do feel empowered, inspired, refreshed etc......maybe you will find something you need here, but it's okay if you don't.  This will be my journey through 2012.   Changes and challenges.  Turning  Resolutions into Revelations OR vice versa.

Now I haven't visited any blogs in months so I have no idea at this point in my writing what all of my old bloggy friends are posting about New Year's  resolutions.  Hopefully I'm not stepping on anyones toes or blogs, but I would not be surprised at all that if God gave me this, then he has also spoken the same to others.  As Women we struggle with the same stuff, just in different waves and at different times.  Family, faith, our homes,  and dare I say it, weight!!  That's just to name a few.  When you make your resolutions do you dread it?  Do you feel passionate about it for a few days, months, hours??  Why should you make just one resolution?  One resolution to torture  yourself with all year long when you reach the point of defeat??  No.  I do not wish to live that way, and I don't believe the Lord would want me to either.   Why can't my resolutions be built around success?  Why can't my resolutions be built around hope, joy, and anticipation?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13 ESV

We all have areas of our lives we wish to improve.  We all have the tool or tools we need to accomplish these goals.   I would like to run more this year, be healthier, reflect Jesus more, be more encouraging to others, be a better mom and wife etc etc.  How could I possibly pick just one resolution.

Sooooo, my resolutions will change every week, for 40 weeks to be more exact.  And yes, weight loss will be included in those but will not be the end all be all of my transformation.  The 40 days is symbolic for many things that will be revealed in the end. :)   But it will include the 40 days of planning and praying for each new week ahead.   

There will seem to an outsider looking in that there is no rhyme or reason to my weekly resolutions, but I assure you there will be.  Sometimes I will explain them, sometimes I won't.  They will be personal and sometimes vague.  My one rule for myself is that each goal (there will be three) will be a small reachable goal, thus the built in success and the avoidance of boredom.  Boredom is the number one killer of New Year's resolutions!!  I just made that fact up. :)  But it sounds reasonably true doesn't it?  

So, join me if you wish on my journey into 2012.  40 weeks and 40 days.....

Week One
Jan. 1st-7th
Baby steps and back to the Simple....
1. This week I am going to lose  1 pound
2.  I am going to have a home cooked meal at least 2 nights this week.
3.  This week I am going to spend less money. 

My week one was very successful.  I lost 2.2 pounds.  I cooked at least three delicious meals for my family on my nights when I wasn't working late.  I think my hubby appreciated that one especially.  I spent less money by decreasing the eating out.  No crazy online shopping this week.  Again, beneficial to hubby also.  Check, check and check!!  Yaaaaaayyyyy!!

1 comment:

  1. Yay Meredith!! This is a wonderful idea! And setting short, realistic goals that can be accomplished is so empowering... I love this idea, can't wait to see more!