My New Year’s Resolutions

This year, my resolutions are more involved than they have been in the last few years. First of all, I think that this is fine for me because I am not working outside of the home anymore. Hence, I do have more time that is free for me to use. Yes, I am a mom and that does take up a lot of my time, however, I can learn to manage my time much better in order to accomplish my goals.

So, in the process of making this years New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to travel through time in my mind. I thought about December 31, 2012 and I wondered what I would want to be looking back on.

I want to have read the whole Bible through, in a year.  I have read the whole Bible, but never in a year and I definitely want to make it this year. I found a plan for “Shirkers and Slackers” that seems like it will work well for me and my husband!

I realized when I look back on 2012, I really want to be able to say that I invested in my health by eating more whole foods, more vegetables and more fruits. I have a guideline I came up with that will help me to increase my daily intake of fruits and vegetables. I want to exercise consistently. One of the ways I would like to do this is simply sit ups and push ups about every other day or at least three times a week. Quantitatively, I would like to be able to do 50 sits ups and 30 push ups. Now, I will put a qualifier in here. I personally expect to be expecting at the end of 2012. I would be extremely surprised if I was not. So, with that in mind, if I am expecting, I will not be doing sit ups and push ups necessarily. However, I still would like to be in good physical shape.

I want to be able to speak Spanish. I want to achieve at least an intermediate level of Spanish this year.

I want to have read at least twenty books. This is less than two books a month, so it should be completely doable.

I want to have written. I quit blogging back in 2011 and while I definitely needed a break and that blog was definitely over, I really found that I missed writing. Realizing just how much I missed blogging and writing prompted me to begin this blog. My goal is to write and post at least three times a week.

Another thing that I really wanted to focus on this year is relationships with people. I have never put much emphasis on friendships with other girls/women and I think that it is definitely time for me to do that. I want to have three friends at the end of next year that I did not have this year. I want at least two “mom” friends that have kids themselves, preferably close to Ayealyn’s age. I also want a friend who is at least ten years older than me.

Also, at the end of 2012 I also want to be at least as much in love with Luke as I was at the end of 2011. This is a resolution that I think will probably be somewhat easy to keep, but I know that it is the little things that will throw me off on this one. One of the ways that I will protect and nurture our relationship is to write Luke 12 love letters this year. I enjoy the love letters because the ones we have from the past are a record of our love in the midst of either good or bad circumstances.

Like I mentioned in my post about how I make New Year’s Resolutions, I will be making monthly goals and evaluating the month before it begins. I plan on choosing what to read based on my circumstances somewhat. Although, I definitely want to get into the subjects of apologetics and prayer. Other topics I wish to cover are practical ones such as housekeeping, parenting and early childhood development. I will be trying to at least list my reading list and report on any ideas I find to be particularly interesting.

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How I make my New Year’s Resolutions

Two kinds of people live in this world. Those who use the word want correctly, and those who say want when they really mean wish. You see, a lot of people say “I want to do that” or “I want to be like that” or some form thereof. However, most of those people never take action on what they wish to attain. I propose that those people only wish they could have the outcome without all the work to realize their goal. People who truly want something will chase after it, do the work and make any changes necessary.

I have had to evaluate all of my New Years Resolutions in this way. Do I really want what I wrote down? Or is it simply a wish? When I went through and began the process of making action steps to be paired with each resolution, I would often come to an action step that about which I was hesitant. I would contemplate the original resolution; do I really want that result? Is this action really necessary to achieve that result.

I have always said I wanted to learn 7 languages in my lifetime. This year, I decided that I wanted to start learning Spanish. When I was thinking about how I would go about learning Spanish, I came up on the opportunity to meet up with a group within 20 miles of my house in order to speak Spanish. While I know this type of thing is essential for learning the language, I really balked at the thought of going and speaking Spanish, a language I barely know, among strangers. So I thought about it. Is learning languages something I really want or is it just a wish for the ability without the will for the work involved?

So, how do I make my New Year’s Resolutions? First off, I have a few go-to categories that I always have some sort of resolution. The first one is any type of resolution regarding my walk with God. The second category of my resolutions is always nutrition and fitness. I evaluate each of those areas of my life and see what kind of action I can take in those areas. Then, I tend to pick different things that I want to do or to improve in my life and make a goal from there. I do try to follow the SMART acronym when I am making goals and planning how to carry them out.

Another thing that I am changing this year that I am going to do in order to help me carry out my resolutions is simply to re-evaluate where I am at in my particular goals and plan for specific steps that month.

Lastly, I try to look at my goals and see if they really matter in light of eternity. I know that this world and the things in it will pass away. I want my life to focus on things that make an eternal impact. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says:

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

When I was growing up, the pastor of our church talked about how we can use our lives to build with wood, hay and stubble, or with gold, silver and precious stones. So, when I make my resolutions, I want to keep those verses in mind. I want to be building with gold, silver and precious stones so I can receive a reward.

Why I make New Year’s Resolutions

I know I am a little late posting in regards to New Year’s Resolutions, but I have an excuse! My husband and I are buying a house. We have been in this process for months, and no, that is not normal from what we are told. Anyways, for the last week and a half, we have been in limbo finding out whether or not we were going to get the house. So my New Year’s Resolution making and finalizing was put off until now. However, thankfully, we are getting the house! So we are praising the Lord for that huge blessing.

According to Wikipedia, New Year’s Resolutions date back to ancient times and some of the origins actually came from traditions related to pagan gods. However, Christianity also seems to have a history of resolutions. Personally, I enjoy the “new” start and beginning. It gives me a chance to put the old behind me and start something new, like the “put off” and “put on” in Colossians 3.

I always make New Years Resolutions! I enjoy the idea of starting over and trying again. And yes, I always try again. People joke that their New Year’s Resolutions is not to make any resolutions! Generally, I have to disagree with that point of view. I mean, why not try again? Tenacity, persistence and determination all come from trying again and again and again. When you cannot go on anymore, but yet you still do, you develop perseverance. Those are all character qualities that I want in my life. So, every year, I exercise the “muscle” inside of me that gets up and tries again.

Other people seem to almost look down on those of us who make New Year’s Resolutions because they, in their words, “don’t wait for a special day in order to make resolutions!” But, for me, making resolutions on a fixed day of the year, specifically the beginning of the year, helps me to evaluate what is going on in my life. How did I do last year? What areas of my life need improving? I can look back on and evaluate a specific time period and act on my findings.

So, in the coming days, I will post how I make my resolutions and then I will also post most of my resolutions for this year!

New Years Day Sunday Service Notes

I would like to chronicle the “ideas” that I am exposed to throughout my life. Also, I have been wanting to make a place to record the notes I take at church. I usually just end up throwing the notes away after a few months and it feels like such a waste! So, I will be posting notes and or outlines that I have taken during church services.

January 1, 2012

2 Corinthians 5:17If we are in Christ, we are a new creature. Old habits and our old nature should be passed away.

1 Samuel 12:14-16If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers. Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

In 2012 we as Christians should strive to fear the LORD, and serve Him and obey Him.

Verse 16 says: “Now therefore stand…”

Definition of stand: to set, to be firm, to be steadfast

  1. Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  2. 1 Corinthians 16:13Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
  3. Ephesians 6:11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
All Scripture quoted or referenced is from the King James Version. 

Introduction

Ideas applied to life will be a record of my own ideas that I apply to my life as well as musings on others ideas and there applications. I am a housewife and am striving to be a homemaker. I say I am a housewife because I am in the traditional sense a wife who stays at home and does “housewife-ly” things such as cleaning the house, cooking, laundry, etc. I am striving to be a homemaker in that I am still in the process of learning how to best facilitate ways to make my house atmosphere welcoming, inviting and relaxing.

I wanted to title my new blog “Ideas…Applied” because I often have grand ideas, but just as often, I fail to follow through. I want to apply my ideas to my life and actually do them! Not only that, but I also want to analyze the consequences of some ideas. I was introduced to the concept “Ideas have consequences” at Summit Ministries. While Summit Ministries concerns itself with the main topics relevant to worldview (topics like biology, theology, ethics, etc), I find that ideas about parenting or housekeeping do have consequences in my life that directly affect my family and those around me. I want a record of the consequences of my ideas or others ideas I adopt.

I plan to update this blog three times a week on average. Some weeks I will post a little more, and some weeks I will post a little less. Topics I will write about include my exposure to ideas through books, radio or church services, my goals and there outcomes, things I am thankful for as well as just writing about real life. I enjoy the theoretical and the ideal, but real life is not theoretical or ideal all the time! Sometimes we do just need to be real. I may also write an in depth essay about the consequences of an idea in the past, but I do not have a set schedule or even too many ideas about that just yet.

Hopefully, this blog will be enjoyable and maybe even an encouragement to any readers or visitors!

God Bless,

GabbyMel!