Here we are. The beginning of January. I feel like I have a bit of a Christmas hangover. Not in the traditional sense of the word hangover. But the week between Christmas and New years, I usually designate to do nothing but “party” with my family. We play with the new toys(AKA put together legos.) Play games, eat cookies, go to movies, read books and just spend time together not worrying about the to do list. This year I made a Turkey dinner for Christmas eve so we could eat left overs for a few days and when I did cook, it was light easy meals.
I love that week, it’s one of my favorites of the whole year. But now I’m in recovery mode. There is lots to do as I catch up from the month of December. It’s a bit overwhelming.
Often the week between Christmas and New Years also brings about a time of reflection. And then expectation as we go into the new year. We set goals and resolutions for the upcoming year.
As I reflected on this past year, I can’t help but feel thankful and undeserving of all the blessing the Lord has placed in my life. There is also a part of me that feels sad, missing the close relationships and some of the fun activities I used to do with the boys in Fergus. Although, side note: I heard that the bakery there is closing. So sad! I used to take the boys there all the time.
As I sat down with my coffee in hand and my planner in my lap I started to think about my expectations and goals for this new year. And let me tell you, this is an issue for me! My expectations often exceed the reality!
Here are some things that I thought of for goals for myself for 2018.
First of all, my messy house drives me crazy, My messy house. If I go to someone else’s it doesn’t bother me. But when I am living in my families mess I can go a little nuts. One goal would be prioritizing cleaning up after myself, and teaching the boys likewise. Haha!
Here’s a video of my house for fun. This is often my normal! 🙂
Secondly I had a beautiful baby this year. My adorable Elijah. But as many of you know he came via c-section and, well, I had a baby. So my core is super weak. I never did anything to strengthen it this time. The biggest problem with my weak core, is my back. My back is hurting more with all the daily lifting of toddlers and sometimes waking up in the morning my back is already hurting. Strengthening my core, wold be another goal.
Thirdly, (this I mentioned a little bit in my video.) I need to potty train Silas. Its time. I will leave it at that.
Ok and let me just throw in a few more things I would love to start on this year.
Piano for Judah and Asher
Learn to cook some more meals.
Continue to find ways to get to know my neighbors and get into the community
Explore the area more, there is so much to do here!
Be more consistent with my blog, and continue to grow in my writing skill
Train the best dog 😉
And continue to make new friends
You can see how quickly my expectations get out of hand!!! I’m ridiculous.
So I Prayed about it. I thought about all of these things. All of them being good things.
And you know which ones God put on my heart to strive for in 2018?
NONE OF THEM!
“Seriously, I came up with a lot of good options God!”
But no, as I prayed and read Gods word over that week between Christmas and New Years I had a resounding thought over and over.
Prayer, make Prayer the foundation.
Sadly too, often when I’m striving to get all of “the things” done, I let those things trump prayer.
Prayer can seem unproductive and pointless because, it doesn’t make sense in our human minds. God is not here in the flesh for us to talk to, and often results are not what we expect or in our timing. Satan wants to undermine the importance of prayer in our hearts and minds. He wants us to keep thinking its pointless.
But prayer is the opposite of that. It’s our direct line to the maker of the universe. Who holds all things in His hands. He is capable of accomplishing so much more that we can imagine. We are so simple and small, and yet He cares for us and longs to hear us pray. In the big and the small.
God has put prayer on my heart so strongly as I look into the new year. When I think of my kids, my marriage, my church, my community, my writing. I want to start with prayer. To let that be the undercurrent of all my goals. To set right my priority’s and to forge a way where maybe there wasn’t one. To bring Prayer and God’s word should be the guiding light as I walk through my life.
Prayer and the truth of the bible is exactly where God wants us to start as we live out our days.
It’s simple and yet so hard. But as I look at being immersed in ministry and the community here. I know it’s exactly what I need.
Prayer is powerful! How great is our God!
1 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.