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Monday, January 4, 2016

Word for the Year - Better

So I have been thinking long and hard over the last week or so about my resolutions for 2016.  I love the start of the new year.  It is such a great time to reflect on where you've been and get a fresh start on what lies ahead.  Every year, I try to set goals.  Some years I stick to them, and some I don't so much (cough cough 2015).  I have always been taught that goals should be realistic and achievable with a specific time frame and plan but maybe that's not what works best for me.  So I am changing things up a bit this year.  Instead of focusing on a long list of specific goals, I am focusing more on a word of the year.  I thought about every word from joy to peace to manage to rest before I finally settled on what is the best one for me right now... and that word is BETTER.

I want to be a BETTER mother.
- I want to spend more time with my kids and live in the moment with them.  I want to put away the distractions and focus more on my children. I want to nurture them and teach them.

I want to be a BETTER wife.
- I want to do a better job at appreciating and praising my spouse.  I want to pray for him more and be more submissive.  I want to do a better job of loving him and sharing special moments together.

I want to eat BETTER.
- I want to eat healthier by eliminating junk from my diet and focusing more on clean and fresh foods.  I want to drink more water and less Diet Coke (even though I am a little addicted to it).  I want to cook more fresh and nutritious foods for my family and stay away from the processed stuff to fuel my body with the nutrients and energy it needs.

I want to be a BETTER runner.
- I want to train and practice to be faster and go further.  I want to run more miles and finish my first Half Marathon.  I want to exercise more and cross train to improve my whole body both inside and out.

I want to be a BETTER steward of my money.
- I want to be frugal and thrifty with my money.  I want to give more to others and spend less on myself.  I want to be less materialistic and more focused on reaching my financial goals and sharing with others.

I want to be a BETTER Christian.
- I want to spend more time praying and in God's word.  I want to daily live out Romans 12;  Being a living sacrifice, serving God with my spiritual gifts, and always behaving like a Christian.

"12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we,being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry,let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

I want to be a BETTER me.
- I want to do more for others and less for me.  I want to go back to school and learn more things.  I want to be smarter and wiser and stronger.  In everything I do, I hope to become better. I want to be better today than I was yesterday and better tomorrow than I am today!

Happy 2016 Everyone!

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