Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year! I look forward to writing this first post at the start of every year. These initial posts feel like a launching pad for me; an opportunity to collect my thoughts and intentions to guide my focus for the year ahead. For previous "new year posts" you can find the past few years, here: 2017201820192020.

As you can see, I haven't really been setting "New Year Resolutions" as much these past few years. If anything, I have more enjoyed focusing on certain words to guide my year ahead. If I had to choose one word to focus on in 2021, it would be gratitude.

I want to continue to make gratitude a daily practice. And not just a practice of gratitude for what God "has done for me" or is doing in my life personally but, a gratitude for who He is; what He's done, and; what He continues to do overall.

The sermon I watched today really helped to back up my desire to practice gratitude more this year. The big idea from this week's sermon was that "true life change flows from life-giving spiritual disciplines". 

Pastor encouraged us to think of spiritual disciplines as relationship builders, not tasks to be checked off a list. For me, practicing gratitude has always helped to strengthen my relationship with Jesus, and to help keep my eyes on Him. Overall, that is what I want for this year ahead. To keep my eyes on Jesus and to continue to be transformed by Him.
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

I also have goals for healthy living in general. They are very similar to the goals I've had for the past couple years. My healthy living goals have been more geared toward self-care. I want to drink more water, stretch, become more active, eat well, listen to more worship music, allow myself more quiet time, complete more devotionals and take my vitamins. I also want to keep my eyes and ears open to ways I can serve God more this year.

Overall, I want to build myself up spiritually, physically and otherwise. I've believed for a few years that if I do those things, the weight I've been trying to lose all this time will drop naturally. However, as I've previously mentioned, losing weight is no longer my sole motivation for doing these things, and that feels nice.

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