Last year's resolutions included 1) spending more time with my kiddos, 2) saying no to volunteering in leadership positions, 3) write, write, write, 4) spending more time with God through devotions.
So how did I do?
I'm happy to say that I said no to volunteer leadership positions. I was not on the planning committee for Summer religion camp but was happily a preschool teacher for a week. I think teaching is my true calling and I was happy to do it. I was also happy that it was only a week. I prefer teaching older kids, but those preschoolers sure are cute! I dropped the leadership position in MOPS and that has made things so much easier. I'm still in MOPS but I'm debating in dropping it for the Spring Semester to spend more time with Hubby when he is off from work on his flex Fridays. I still volunteer by crocheting baby blankets for the knitting/crocheting ministry and for friends, teach infant baptism classes, and participating in Summer Religion Camp.
Write, write, write. Oh, I wish I had the time to write more often. I still don't get to write as often as I would like, and I think I've actually written less this year. Huh. I need to get on that.
I have been able to spend more time in devotions and found a great devotional blog at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It's been a part of my morning routine and I found that when I found the time for God, my days goes more smoothly. It's a time of daily reflections and for focusing my day. This is now a daily routine and I don't have to add it as a resolution because it's just a part of my day. Awesome!
In addition to what I have written above I want to add/extend the following to this year's resolutions:
Accomplish Tasks with a Happy Heart
Lately I have found that I am grumbling throughout my day when I have to accomplish tasks or have to help someone. It's not a good attitude to have and makes daily tasks and acts of service much less fun. If I can approach my chores or times I have to help someone with a happy heart, I might find the service more rewarding. Just the other day I was getting a few things done to help me get the kids out the door when my daughter helped my youngest son by wiping his face and hands after breakfast and lifting him out of his booster seat. With a cheerful, "I cleaned up Mr. Bananas, Mommy" he was done. I love her servant heart and I want to act in the same way. She continues to be a shining example of the kind of person I would like to be.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, have the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,... (Philippians 2:1-423 ESV)
But you, take courage! Do not let your hand be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
(2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV)
As for the new year, I wish all of you peace, love, and hope. I pray that you will be given peace when worries and anxieties creep in to your life. I pray that you receive love and give love. Love and kindness make this world a better place and what better place to start than with you. I pray that you find hope when prospects look dismal. The glass is not half-empty, it's half-full. May you have a wonderful year of blessings. Peace be with you.