As a preface you may want to read my recap of 2013. Or not.
This year when I started to prepare for my New Year's Resolutions I asked the Lord what I needed in this year. What does this year need to be for me? The first word that came to mind was Hope. I
think as a part of the healing I went through in 2013 I let go of a lot
of cynicism. I finally feel the freedom to Hope. And, Oh My, I'm in daily need of Hope.
But it also seemed like I kept hearing a whisper saying, "Rest."
"Two words?" I thought, "I can only have one. I need to decide between the two."
As I slowed down and starting thinking about both of these words I realized they are inseparable. Hope and Rest. Rest and Hope. I need them both.
You know when you get a new car and you you suddenly start seeing cars exactly like yours everywhere you drive though you ever noticed that model before? Well, after I decided on Hope and Rest for my words this year it was like that. Songs on the radio, messages at church, blogs I read, all talking about Hope and Rest! One blog post had the most beautiful way of explaining the relationship between the two:
Hope is really about rest. Resting in the imperfections of today because you believe that tomorrow there is possibility.
I had written this down on New Year's day:
because I feel I need a reminder to slow down and focus. Also, because I
want to rest in the promises of the Lord. Which leads me to HOPE."
This is the song I sing the most right now. It is my prayer. My meditation. I want it to be my breath prayer.
So, I wrote out a list of things I'm hoping
for in 2014:
~ House sold
~ Our New House!!!
~ Financial freedom and peace
~ Better job (for HH) or Peace and Favor at current job
~ A year of health (No more ER trips, please!)
There are other, more immediate things I am hoping for right now and I'm sure there will be more through out the year, but this is my list of "big" hopes, if you will.
I sat down to use a portion (#22) of Ann Voskamp's Grace Plan for 2014
and ended up using her whole list as a base for my goals. Much of what
she listed is what I want for myself. Why re-write what has already been
so poetically penned.
For my specific 2014 goals I decided against "fixes" I wanted in my life and decided for the things that I felt just make me more whole person: daily disciplines, intentional/relational parenting, respecting and joyfully serving my husband, pursuing friendships.
And, of course, I always have a long list of books to read. This is just my "serious reading" list.
Books To Read:
These are the books on my shelf (minus one I still need to purchase) that I want to use to help me be a better me, mom, and wife. The ones marked (devo) are those that I plan to use in my morning devotional time. The others will probably be my night time reading books. Most are carried over from last year's list. Some I have already started.
Shepherding A Child's Heart
Love & Logic for Parenting
Dare to Be (devo)
Children: In Life, In Meetings, In Our Hearts
The Power of a Praying Wife (devo)
The Love Dare (devo)
The Father Heart of God (devo)
Practical Theology for Women (devo)
Love and Respect
I Will Look Up (devo)
I know we are already a month into the New Year and this may seem like a late post I actually waited on purpose. Although my goals, thoughts, and desires for the year were written down on the 1st of January, I like to wait a bit to see if anything changes. Posting a month late is also a good reminder to stay focused or to get re-focused.
I'm still excited about this year and I know it holds good things for us all. May we seek them with the eyes of a child.
Did you set goals for the New Year? Do share!