Breathe In A Fresh Start

Happy New Year to you, sisters! Can you believe 2016 is HERE? I mean we are already 7 days into this thing. Unreal.

Did anyone else’s house look a bit like this last week?

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Christmas coming and then quickly going is always bittersweet. There’s so much preparation, anticipation, and excitement. And then BAM. It’s over. I sometimes suffer from a wee bit of PCD. Post Christmas Depression. When my tree comes down, leaving nothing but a billion pine needles that make me twitch with every glance, I get sad. All of the decorations piled up, ready to be packed away until the next year. Isn’t it awesome though that a new year quickly comes to pick up the pieces? As soon as I put everything away in their perspective totes, I grabbed my Swiffer duster and vacuum and got to work cleaning the house. Breathe in a fresh clean house; breathe out the glitter balls and pine needles.

Of course, we have no reason to suffer from PCD because JESUS IS HERE! He was born, died, and rose again. He’s ALIVE. While Christmas is amazing, we still have the opportunity every day to celebrate Christmas and the fact that Jesus came. HOWEVER, I do understand missing twinkle lights and trees. No regular decorations beat those, in my opinion. But with them gone, we have a fresh new start. People make fun of resolutions sometimes because we keep them for a few weeks (or days), and then we fall off the wagon. Well, when we think about making a change for the next 365 days, no wonder we fall off the wagon. That’s overwhelming! So, I’m going to think about it week by week, instead. That goal seems much more attainable! So, I want to share some of my goals with you. I share these for you to get to thinking about your goals for the year and share them, if you would! We’d love to hear from you!

  1. Of course, I’m sure many of us have this goal but I want to grow so much in my relationship with Christ this year. I know I can do that by being in the Word daily. Not just reading a few verses, but actually studying it. When I had Liam and suffered from Post Partum Depression, most days all I could say was “Jesus.” There was no Bible reading or much praying. It was dark and lonely. I’m praying now, almost 5 months from our second child’s birth, that this won’t happen this year. That I’ll remain “stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty,” (Psalm 91:1).
  2. Going along with my last one, I want to grow so much that God would completely take over my role as wife and mom. Tyler, especially, sees the WORST in me. I want to show him fruits of the spirit and not let myself float along with all my emotions. Poor guy. He puts up with a lot. Stable and fixed, once again. I see a theme.
  3. I want to work especially hard for ReVision International. I’ve been doing part-time secretarial work for them (and have also been on 2 trips with them), and I believe in ReVision’s mission to reach the least of these. This ministry is based on Matthew 25. They are doing amazing work in the Dominican Republic, and I want to continue to be part of that.
  4. I am also making it a goal to update my family blog at least once a week. I’ve GOT to keep up with it so we have many memories to look back on!
  5. Drink TONS of water—96 ounces daily is the ultimate goal. But again, day by day.
  6. Read at least one book per month. Reading is a gift, and I don’t take advantage of it enough.

There you have it… short and sweet. I love a fresh start, and I’m ready to go! It’s so great to think about how God takes us, tainted and stained by sin, and He makes us new. He gives us a fresh start. Not a start to look on the past and hang our heads, but one to look forward and turn our eyes upon Him.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

We have a lot to look forward to this year and all the years God gives us because we have the ultimate new beginning to look forward to!

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:5

Press on, sisters! Tell us your goals. What are you looking forward to? How do you want to grow this year? Wait… let’s just start with this week.