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Happy New Year! It's still January, I can still say Happy New Year right!? Well the new year is underway...the first month of 2016 has already come and is almost history! I was talking with a co- worker of mine who manages the workout area/gym track at the school where I work and she said of course on January 1st., the gym was crowded with all the newbies going the wrong way on the track! But now after a few weeks, the well intentioned new years resolutioners have dwindled and the track has resumed a comfortable spacing between regular walkers and runners.
While I don't make resolutions, I do reflect on the past year and meditate and let it go, promising to bring with me only the things that help me. Easier said then done. Sometimes, I get frustrated though at myself because I feel like I work on some of the same principals over and over again. Not because I don't care or I forget the prinicpals; sometimes, I am just caught up in the day to day management of life. The routine, the striving (and forgetting what I am striving for), the ordinary days, the celebratory days, and way down at the other end of the tunnel are those prinicpals that I should be keeping top of mind everyday. I used to ask God how am I supposed to remember all of these things. I wish I had a photographic memory so that I could remember the Bible word for word, especially The Proverbs. So much wisdom in Proverbs. But that's why God sends the Holy Spirit to help us remember what we need to know at the time we need to know it. I'm only human and in the midst of striving to be a good parent, daughter, friend, person, Christian and colleague where does one thing end and the next thing begin. What is the next thing? How are we to know? As single parents how do we know what's next for us and for our children? and what to do?
One of my favorite scriptures, Jeremiah 29:11 says: "For I know the plans I have for you", declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". (NIV) I am so moved by that scripture as one of God's most comforting promises. Could this new year be the start of something new and different in your life and mine? Of literally taking hold of that promise?
I always start the year by reading something inspirational for a sustained period of time. Meaning a 30 or 31 day period or a 45 or 90 day period. So this year, I am reading Stormie Omartian's "30 Days to Becoming a Woman of Prayer." My goal is to read it again for two more 30 day periods so by March I will have gone through the book 3 times. Each day is a different principal (forgiveness, relationships, health/body, interceding, controlling what goes in your mind) and a prayer. The prayers are intense when you are really meditating on and the Lord reveals things to you during your prayer time, which is why I decided to re-read the prayers each day for 90 days. I feel like it's the start of something. A breakthrough to some of the principals that I have been recycling. Isaiah 43:19 says: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland". (NIV) For me, being a good steward over my finances, patience with my 81 year old mother and my students, daily replenishing my soul and taking a page out of TV Executive dynamo Shonda Rhimes ('Year of Yes') book literally, my own 'year of yes' are my main objectives. So I have made some concrete goals to meet and I am working towards them. For example, a friend of mine suggested purchasing Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. He said he reluctantly went along with the plan when his wife brought it to him but now is so glad they did it. I believe that when you make a declaration to the Universe and pray on it, God will send resources to help you make it happen.
How about you? What are you starting? It could be something you have tried before but that's ok, we are all human right? What has been stirring up in your spirit in your quiet moments or while you are riding the train to work? What plans does God have for you and your children? Have you asked Him? Please share your thoughts below. Continued Blessings and here's to your Empowered Single Parent journey.