[Resolution::a formal expression of opinion or intention made; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method or procedure. synonyms -> resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity, strength or fortitude.]
Shortly before the beginning of 2015, God simply posed two questions. It is from these two questions that I will live in the year 2015.
The first question was, “what are you passionate about?” What do you have a longing for? What is in your heart to do and experience? Once I have the answers to this, I know that I am to live out of that. Intentionally and resolutely obedient to that which He placed in my heart.
When the question was first posed, I immediately thought of the cultures of the world. Since I was 16, I have had a fiery passion and interest in the nations of the world. Once this was quickened to me, He unfolded some simple steps to live in that passion. The first being: read the books that I have collected regarding other cultures! So simple. He sees that passion lying dormant in me and knows that taking steps toward it in 2015 will empower and encourage me.
The second question was, “what do you love to do, but don’t do enough?” Now, this seems another simple question. And, as sad as this seems, the answer that came to mind was “laugh!” I see that in the past few years, a seriousness and stress has entered my life where joy and laughter used to reside. God was simply saying to me::be aware of this so that you can take the steps each day that release joy/laughter instead of stress. He is so loving that He wants me to resolve to live out of joy!
Now, these are just the questions that were posed to me and two of the answers that came. There are many more. I know that He is calling me to examine my heart [along with the Holy Spirit] so that there will be more answers to these questions and a more empowered way of living in 2015.
It has been a long time since I have taken the time to sit down and reflect via blogging. I must admit, the “busy-ness” of life has overwhelmed me a bit in the past month. During December, I have been taking time to go through old journals, look at promises and goals and to just reflect on 2012. I reflected on the year in an interesting way: WHO did I become in 2012? As I look at the year, I see that I became a stronger person, a business woman, a person that created her own schedule, a person who had free time but spent it frivolously, a person that laughed more than in 2011, a person that valued the relationships in her life and a person who wanted to dream bigger than ever before. In light of this, I have instituted the following “plan of action” for 2013…
I have decided that I am going to dream in the year 2013. In order to do so, I have made some lists. Lists? That’s right, I love lists! So, I have lists of the things I want to accomplish in 2013: personal, business and spiritual. Now, this doesn’t seem too outstanding, but here is the twist…I am taking one of those list items each month and focusing on just that. One. One item per month to bring me inspiration and direction, to bring me to an expected end: an end that is FINISHED.
Now, there are other aspects of my 2013 plan that are more broad. Such as, I have scriptures and promises and quotes that are a broad proclamation of the year that I intend to have, but those are things I shall remember daily. Daily I will proclaim “…the more they afflicted them, the more they grew and multiplied!” I believe that this scripture from Exodus is for my year because I intend to rise above EVERYTHING that may come at me. I intend to be triumphant and finish the assignments that God and man have given me. I will no longer be one that shrinks back at the sight of affliction or hurdles, but one that goes full steam ahead into them because I know that God’s expected end for me is to grow and multiply.
For my 2013 inspiration, I will leave you with the following quote:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
Let us all INTEND to have a year of doing what is in our hearts and hands to do. Let us not just sit any longer, let us go out there and change lives – but let us start by changing our own.