Thoughts for the new year #2016 #bold

Thoughts for the new year #2016 #bold

The new year is a time for goals, for resolutions, its the big “tomorrow” for changes wanted to be made.

Middle of January, and one of my resolutions is to be more consistent in my writing. Yet here I sit and this will be the first blog post of the year. Life is full. Full of busyness. Full of dramatic scenes. Full of peaceful scenes. Full of chaos and order. Full of variety. Reflecting on last year and wondering what this year will bring. If I am not careful I can waste the time of today wondering about the details of tomorrow.

Before me is the challenge of walking in faith, seeing God in the every day, the minute to minute. Looking for what He is doing. Joining Him. Letting Him see the mess of me and choose what we are going to work on. What do those goals and challenges look like? Here are a few of mine…… what are some of yours?

Physically:: working on exercising regularly, being specific about what I eat and how much I eat. Changing my habits to include less sugar, dairy, and grains. Not easy when I thoroughly enjoy cheeses, ice cream, and chocolate!

Spiritually:: being consistent in my time with Jesus in the word. Working on memorizing the Word into my heart. Growing and applying in different studies I do. I am working thru reading the Bible chronologically this year (old and new testament); it provides a different perspective. It takes discipline to make time with Jesus not a check box on the to do list of the day.

Organization of life, this seems to always be an ongoing battle. But each day provides an opportunity to tackle an area, improve, and build upon it.

Using my fringe hours to their maximum. Two ways I enjoy doing this is thru reading books and needlework projects. You can see here on the blog the latest book finishes as well as updates on the needlework projects.

Skills that I want to improve upon and use more…..writing and photography. This is definitely an area of growth for me and one that I have found myself quietly, contemplatively, and somewhat fearfully walking towards.

In each of these areas what God is showing me is that I need to trust Him more. Leaning in towards Him, trusting Him, and following Him.

Let us therefore come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 NKJV (emphasis mine)

2016: the word is BOLD
Bold in prayer.
Bold in goals.
Bold in trusting.
Bold in trust.
Bold in looking at my heart and life and letting God change me.
Bold in my willingness to do what God wants.
Bold in taking risks.
In praying more.
Bold in what I say.
Godly boldness, not a loud and look at me kind of bold; but that quiet, strong faith centered boldness.
Bold in tackling things I have put off (can you say procrastinator!)

Bold is at the opposite end of fear, of doubt, of worry. What is on the same end with bold? Courage. Strength. Trust. Faith.

And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Ephesians 6:19 NKJV

What are your goals for 2016? Do you have a one word for the year? Would love to hear your thoughts here on the blog.

Gail

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