Resolution: 1. A firm decision to do or not to do something. 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter
Happy Birthday Planet Earth! (this is a joke.)
But seriously, wow, 2017! This post is about how I hate New Year’s Resolutions, but I promise it is not just a bunch of sass.
Hear my heart guys, resolutions are made for failure. Often times, we make them on whims out of guilt or shame, out of a desperate need to be like others. #NewYearNewMe More like, #NewYearGottaBeLikeEveryoneElse. You know what happens when we fall off the wagon? We create more guilt & shame. We create more jealousy towards those that are still (at least seemingly) going strong. We create low self-esteem & anxiety. Why on earth would you buy into that cycle!? I for one have had enough. It’s time for some self-love & amazing grace.
So here’s my mantra for 2017: Get a Prayer, Not a Resolution.
I have high hopes, crazy plans, and big huge dreams for this year. Hopes that God has tucked into my heart, plans He has laid out before me, and dreams that will never come true if I’m not close to His heart. No resolution will change our lives as much a simple prayer to our Creator. I asked Him to give me a prayer & He gave a word. In an unexpected, unique, & tangible way. I knew it was meant to be.
So in 2017, more than anything, I am praying for courage.
I need courage to get moving. I need courage to study hard. I need courage to travel across the world for God’s Kingdom. I need courage to love fearlessly. I need courage to have difficult conversations. You get the picture: Homegirl needs a LOT of stinkin’ courage!
What do you need this year? Wisdom. Peace. Love. Restoration. Courage?
Whatever it may be, my prayer for you is that you take hold of it. Grab it tightly & don’t let go. But remember the beauty of our God is that He’s constant, even when you’re not. So even if you forget the truths He’s tucked inside of your being, remember He’s not walking away. His mercies are new every morning. This year is 365 chances to meet God. Every morning He will give you courage, wisdom, peace, love, restoration… He will give it all, if you’d only ask Him.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.