Time for Resolutions

Searching His Word
  Seeking His Heart

It’s a new year. Time for resolutions! Let me share a simple, practical resolution I have made.

Last month, I reached the final stages of packing for the big move to our new house. I pulled out two wire-type racks like the ones in an oven, but these were smaller. I had them standing up, leaning against some paper bags in the cabinet. 

Now these wire shelves were a constant aggravation, frequently falling over. When I pulled them out to pack them, my daughter asked, “What are they for?”

For the first time, I stopped to consider what they were used for. Too little for the oven. No, not for the grill set. I hadn’t used them for the twelve years we had lived in this house. Why had I put them in such a usable location? And what in the world were they for?

It finally dawned on me that they were for our old microwave, but we never opted to use them. Further more, we had to purchase a new microwave three years ago and it wasn’t built to use the racks. Why, oh why did I fight with these racks all these years?

I promptly took them to the recycle place. They would not mess with me for one more day!

Well, this got me to thinking. What else sub-consciously brings me aggravation for no good reason?

After we moved, I became aware that the Kroger bag I was using in a new bathroom waste can kept sliding down in the can farther and pulling away from the sides. I tossed things in and they slipped between the bag and the can. “Okay,” I said to myself, “I’m not going to keep being bothered by this little bag. I found a pack of larger liners and, voila! No frustration!

So, you see, I’m on a mission to become aware of things, even little things, that bring aggravation or frustration and promptly fix the problem instead of letting it fester.

Perhaps we need to watch for this in more weighty issues as well. We can easily become anxious about an incident or relationship. Instead of dealing with it head on, we can allow it to build and smolder for lengthy periods of time.

It’s good to heed Paul’s words to the Philippians.

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7

Anyway, I share my simple, but practical resolution. Perhaps you’ll discover something you need to work on to bring about a better year for you.

We’ll get back to David next week and see how he’s making it in the run from King Saul. (Talk about frustration!)

Meanwhile—

Happy New Year!

~ Joyce ~

 

Resolutions, Goals, Ugh!

Searching His Word   Seeking His Heart

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? Or have you already forgotten them?

I don’t know why, but I have a mental block on these things. I guess it’s because I was forever being asked to fill out goal sheets when I taught school. Such a drag! I could use that time to plan my next lesson.

Then, when I started attending the Louisville Christian Writers’ group, there it was again, every January – “Let’s fill out our goal sheets for the year.”

I will have to admit, when I took the time to do it and when I looked back at the end of the year, it was gratifying to see many things accomplished. 

The Lord says:

I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jer. 29:11

Well, there you have it. He has the plans, so why should I worry about it? Okay, okay, I know, He may know what He has in mind for me, but I can’t just sit back and expect him to lay it on me. So, what to do?

Perhaps it’s time to go back to the old “Be Still” theme. Perhaps that would be a good time to seek His face and ask for direction for this year – or even for this month. It might be a good idea to have paper and pencil  handy for after prayer time.

At the same time, we must remember that our plans must always be tempered along the way.

In his heart, man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Prov. 16:9

Let me share one of my husband’s resolutions. He decided to read the Bible through this year in the One Year Chronological Bible. Faithfully, he started Jan. 1.

Later that night, we reread all the Christmas cards we had received in December – something we do each January. One friend’s card arrived late and we hadn’t read it yet. Surprisingly, she mentioned that she had been so blessed this past year by reading the Bible through in, none other than, the One Year Chronological Bible.

I told Jim, “Wow, if that isn’t affirmation!” One of those “God-incident” moments. His wonderful timing!

Sometimes we try to pack in too many goals and become frustrated. Sometimes they aren’t very measurable – too vague, too broad. “I want to love everybody this year” rather than “I will work on my relationship with (whoever) by doing (thus and so).”

Maybe you could consider even one definitive, measurable goal. I’ll share one of mine – to reduce the number of words in my blog each week – 500 words max. How am I doing?

One other goal is to return to the fascinating, encouraging story of Joseph that we started back in November. We left him saving the grain for a coming famine. Soon the brothers will be showing up at the palace. What fun! See you next week.

~ Joyce ~