Happy January dear friends!
How’s the resolution-ing going?
I’m sure you’re crushing it.
I’m not one for making resolutions, but I do like to evaluate my current situation and consider ways to be more efficient, better, mindful, etc.
This year is no different.
As I evaluate the year ahead, I can map out a picture in my head and begin to put it into action only for things to take a completely different turn in the opposite direction.
I’m speaking from experience.
It reminds me of the epistle James when he talked about people who say they’ll do this or that, making their own plans in their own self-confidence, failing to recognize the Lord’s will.
I’ve been there, many times.
I’ve learned to trust the Lord and seek His will more in the last few years than ever before.
Sometimes that means the aforementioned plans take the aforementioned turns.
Speaking of making plans, Will and I are praying for something very specific this month, and I sure would welcome you coming alongside us in prayer!
I find even though we’re making a specific request, I’ve ultimately relinquished myself to God’s will and plan.
Jeremiah tells us the heart is deceitful, and I find in “following my heart,” I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes.
Not the ones I look back on and say, “Well, that was a good learning lesson” either.
My point is, sometimes my bright ideas are just that- mine.
The closer I’ve get to the Lord, the more my plans change.
The more I change.
So as we petition the Lord this month with a specific request, I ultimately desire His will.
So there’s that!
And speaking of the epistle of James, I’ve decided to devote 2017 to studying James and Jude.
They’re short books, so I’ll probably add in a third, but I’m very excited about this year of study!
I started a year-long study on the book of John and his epistles in 2016 after reading this post.
While I don’t necessarily agree with every aspect of the post (such as contemplative prayer), I found the content incredibly rich. As silly as it sounds, I had never considered only studying one book for an entire year. Quantity seemed more important. How many books could I read? Did I read the whole Bible this year?
Now- I definitely read other books during the year. On the weekends or evenings I’d read through the New Testament or Psalms, but nothing like with my study of John.
I honestly can’t tell you how incredible this journey was for me without my head darn near exploding!
I was able to slow my pace, dig in, research, understand.
So often I just read but don’t soak up the content. I’m like the person who glances in the mirror and then completely forgets what I look like (hey another James reference! 😉)
Devoting a year to focus my attention- one desperately weakened by social media, where information is condensed to nothing but tweet sized details- has been invaluable.
I highly recommend this method and am confident it will be a blessing.
I suppose I could unpack fitness, health, professional, and personal thoughts for 2017, but this post is way too long as it is.
Are you even still reading?
I just wanted to do an initial 2017 check in to say hello and let you know what’s going on in the B-Love house this month. There will be plenty of time for those other things...Lord willing of course. (See? We’re learning! 🙏🏻😉)
I hope your month is off to a great start! Check in soon for more updates! ❤