Beginning a NEW YEAR: 12 things

Today is the last day of the year 2021.

Gosh, I remember being in the 8th grade at a youth group party and being scared that it was the last day of 1999. People were so scared of Y2K and in my immaturity, I remember being scared too.

But here we are: 2021.

I love goals and planning, though I know better that I can plan and plan but it is the Lord who directs our steps. And I am so glad.

Psalm 37:23-24

So, while trusting that this new year belongs to the Lord and is under His complete Sovereignty, I decided to come up with 12 things I plan to focus on and even want to accomplish in 2022.

  • 1. Skin & Hair Care. I desperately want to be a good steward of what the Lord has given me. I am 36 and have spent the last 1.5 years regrowing my hair from shaved in order to have my natural bio hair. Now that it’s grown back to a very nice length, I want it to be healthier and grow strong. Same with my skin. I want to pour into my skin nutrients and care.
  • 2. Lead my Book Club for ALL 12 Months. This book club is really important to me. I have a goal for myself and to encourage other women to make TV/MOVIE watching a rarity in my life. I want to fill my head with good things that glorify Jesus, while still being entertained. This book club is dedicated to reading a book each month that is Christian Fiction. I want my brain to be working and not turned off while watching screens. Reading is so important to a healthy mind. I want book club to make it all year.
  • 3. Get under 200 lbs. I haven’t been under 200 lbs. since 2013. I got to 184 but did that by being bulimic. My food-idol repentance group that I run is full of women who love me, keep me accountable, and are journeying alongside me to meet our health goals. I CAN DO THIS. I have repented of my gluttony and food idol. I have to keep growing in the Spirit and being disciplined/self-controlled in all manners of my life. It is very realistic that I can accomplish this goal in a years time if I do not quit and work hard.
  • 4. Continue to go to SLEEP EARLY & RISE EARLY. One way I have overcome my laziness is by being disciplined in my time management, especially in my sleep. I enjoy going to bed and being able to be up before my family. I am able to spend quiet time with Christ and get my workout done before my children ever even open their eyes. It makes the entire day more productive. I’d like to keep this discipline going in 2022.
  • 5. Go Indoor Rock Climbing. Okay, lol. This is something for my youngest girl. She wants us to go indoor rock climbing. I have been scared to take her because of my weight, being afraid of a weight limit I won’t make the cut for. :/ But I pray if I can continue to drop lbs. that I will be able to take her rock climbing and participate.
  • 6. Learn to Bake Healthy Treats. I love baking. I don’t mean to brag but I make an amazing chocolate chip cookie. However, they’re not so good for the weight loss journey. I don’t want to stop baking or have my family miss out on treats. SO, I want to learn how to make treats that are more healthy but still yummy.
  • 7. Visit my Best Friend. I have plans to go to FL. and see my best friend. We have known each other since I was in the 4th grade. MANY women have come and gone in my life but Mandy has always been a constant. She has always been there for me. ALWAYS. I used to fight the best friend title (mostly out of bitterness and pain) but all the labeling and rollercoaster friendships were due to my immaturity and lack of Christian love. I have settled into the comfort and gratitude of knowing that Mandy is my best friend. I don’t need to flaunt it or put expectations on her or myself. She just IS: my kindred spirit, my constant, and yes – my very best friend. She came and saw me this year and so now I am going to go see her. I cannot wait!
  • 8. Continue Abolition Work. 2021 I was introduced to the Abolitionist Movement. I started going to my local abortion clinic and pleading for the lives of the preborn. I stand with other Christians, who I have grown close to and love dearly. I want to continue to do abolition work and trust God to lead me to help in any way I am able to end abortion.
  • 9. Get Baptized. This one is hard for me to talk about openly. Growing up in the Restoration Movement, we are taught very strictly that BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION, that it is the TIME of salvation. This is drilled in us. I was baptized at 11 and have little memories of it except that I was so excited to finally be able to take communion. At 20, I got re-baptized just in case the first one “didn’t take.” I believed as an adult I was able to make the decision for myself and getting baptized would really lock my salvation in. My heart grieves for this false teaching that I clung to as Biblical truth for so long and even taught to others, defended. Ephesians 2:8-9 I want to be baptized out of obedience (in the right order) and not because I believed it was what would save me. (Though I said “it’s Jesus who does the saving” I also believed I could not be saved unless I got baptized. See the contradiction?) We are saved through grace alone, by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Please keep this in your prayers. People very close to me will see this as very…silly, to put it nicely.
  • 10. Get better at Budgeting and Saving. These things take sacrifice, discipline, and self-control. I want to better serve my family by not being a woman who spends unnecessarily and unwisely. No, I will not be doing any Dave Ramsey things. I just want to grow in saying NO to the material wants and desires and say YES to saving and being good stewards with our finances.
  • 11. Being a Woman of My Word. This is what my first podcast episode of 2022 is on. I have been greatly convicted about my words and having my yes be yes and my no be no. We get into bad habits of not being truly honest with our words. We say yes to things we know we shouldn’t say yes to. We say “I’m fine” when we’re not. We can say we’ll be somewhere at noon but not show up until 12:45. We say we’ll commit to something, quit, and then cover it with “GRACE UPON GRACE” bandaids. While I agree we need grace, we also need to be honest. We need to be disciplined. We need to be women of our word. I am praying and seeking God’s Word on how to grow in this discipline. To speak with kindness but with truthfulness.
  • 12. Graduate from the School of Biblical Evangelism. I enrolled in the Living Waters School for Biblical Evangelism at the end of 2020. I have taken my time doing the assignments. It’s set up to do it on your own time, which I love and appreciate. But I want to make it a priority and get my certificate for completing the program. It’s already been so so encouraging and helpful.

I’d love to know your goals for 2022 sisters. Feel free to share them. I love you all and continually pray for you all as a whole. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE. May the Lord be glorified!

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