Well, a new day is before me…

All things become new.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5:17

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
― Anne of Green Gables

it's a new day

Now that Christmas is passed, it is time for me to look ahead to where God is taking me in the coming year.  I have several areas in my life that need attention and some that are on my heart.

With the cloud of fog my mind has been in as I deal with the grief of losing my dad, I am finding more and more how much I need to be basking in the presence of the Lord for strength, insight and clarity of purpose.  Since September I’ve been taking my time with Him in snippets, unable to really quite focus long enough to just be with Him in solitude and quietness.  But I need to resume a time of rising before the children to savor that time alone with Him.

It’s really quite amazing how grief affects our lives but now it is time for me to allow the Lord to bring healing through His Word and His presence.

Some areas to address:

  • spending a good hour with the Lord before the children arise each morning
  • healthier eating (out with the sugar, in with the veggies)
  • healthier sleep schedule (in bed by 10:30 and up by 6)
  • healthier exercising patterns (continuing to walk with my friend Julia 4 times a week and adding back in 30 minutes of weight training 3 times a week – with Sunday off completely)
  • back on track with the Flylady’s zones
  • back on track with stricter menu scheduling
  • work on  a few character issues with several of my children as a top priority

Looks like a lot when it’s written down, but these are things that were once a part of my regular schedule and actually made life much easier and less time consuming.  I just need to be seeking the Lord for daily strength to accomplish these things that He has laid on my heart.

It is so easy to try and work all of this out in my own strength, but I’ve “been there/done that” and it is NOT a pleasant sight!!!  My #1 priority for the coming year is my time growing in resting in His strength and finding my joy and satisfaction in Him alone.

After the New Year I’ll get back to my focus on beautifying my home – room by room. For now, I’m working on re-establishing a Christ-centered schedule for my days.

All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
Unless otherwise indicated, photos from pixaby.com

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