Monday was my first day at home alone in 2016, but it was also a day after we got many of the decorations down and the tree up in the attic, cleaning out some stuff to trash and donate as we went, but unfortunately some are still waiting to be put up in the house attic because I tripped over a Santa Clause Brick and went flying with a deer and a candle, one in each hand, and landed right dab on my arms. Well that was bad enough and before I left to go to the doctor I started a 101 fever and a virus. Let me tell ya’ it was one of my worst in 65 years, and I went on to the doctor to see if anything was broken with an extra set of clothes. Just being real here. No breaks but lots of tissue damage and a healing period she said of 4-6 weeks. YUCK.
It’s the beginning of a new year. It’s the beginning of a new calendar and planner, and I love my calendars and planner, and my awesome new prayer book. My favorite certainly is the one at the top and here:
My kids and their spouses gave me that awesome calendar with pictures of the grandsons up there at the top. I LOVE it hanging on my pantry door where I see it every single day. I got all kinds of Nana presents this Christmas, and was blessed like never before or maybe so much more in love with Jesus the gifts were all just extra special this year.
What do you think?
Here is the planner I’m using this year. I love, love this planner. Google and phone just can’t do all I need to keep up. You can read my review and all about it here.
Think about how the Bible starts, “In the beginning”. God stirs our hearts at the beginning of a new year, and it seems for me life happens and gets in the way and I don’t finish as strong as I started – like a fall, a virus, etc.. And honestly sometimes I truly believe Satan intervenes and perhaps he gently pushed me to fall this weekend to slow me down. I won’t be slowed down by him. So how am I beginning this year, how I am I organizing my life and my home this new beginning with my Lord?
- God – I spend a whole lot of time in Bible study in the mornings until the sun is really shining – well some days lately it doesn’t shine so I spend a bit more time. Some mornings it is a bit more rushed on the days I keep the grandsons, and on the days I go to sub. I’ve started this year, just like I did last year reading thru the Word with Wendy Pope. Nope, I did not finish last year. It’s a lot of work because we read, watch a video and keep up a notebook every day (including weekends), but I’m making an effort this year to stay strong. It can be hard because I started a study today reading the book Fervent, and in a few weeks I’ll be involved with my favorite, and let me tell you the most life-changing studies of my life and that is Proverbs 31 On-line Bible Studies for our study of Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst.
- Prayer – I’m spending more time in prayer in the mornings after seeing The War Room Movie and doing the Bible study at church. I wake up many mornings just laying in bed praying. And I received this beautiful new book as a give away to keep my prayers written down from Sarah Frazer. I could not believe when it came that it had the same scripture on the first page as I my newest coffee cup.
- Health – I know we all start this bandwagon each year, but this year is different for me. It’s truly a new beginning with Him, and I can’t do it without Him every single day. If I am not healthy, how can I minister to my husband, my kids, and my grand kids. How can I be faithful in my Bible studies. How can I organize my home and minister to church family and neighbors? I’m tracking my steps with a pedometer and walking on a treadmill. Been looking for an elliptical, but well with the little accident there is no way right now I can use that with my shoulder and arm injured. When it warms up in the Spring I’ll go back to walking the grandsons through the neighborhood, but I am not one that goes walking in the rain and cold. Shivering just thinking about it. I also signed up at this site who have free recipes, free exercise videos, etc. Can’t wait to do the first workout when the shoulder feels better.
- Home – Today I am starting a new journey and joined a Facebook Group to organize the home. I need some accountability, and the first week is all about the laundry room. Mine is not too bad, but I always have things hanging to dry, and then I don’t put them away right away. And well as soon as I finish this post I am going to try to throw away old supplies with my one good arm before the trashmen come in a bit. If my home gets organized honestly it will be the first time since I retired. I’m excited to be doing all this.
So, how about your plans this year?
May we ALL be faithful to our commitments this year and not settle for anything less than what God would have us do!
This post was featured on Literacy Musing Mondays on 1/18/2016.