Each new year we (humans) make resolutions to do certain things or to avoid certain things. And each year we fail at so much. Several years ago I started to change one thing about my cooking/eating. One year I replaced all the oils in my house with olive, coconut, or butter-no more highly processed corn or vegetable oils. Another year I switched my salt to pink Himalayan sea salt. Two years ago I began to buy mostly organic fruits and vegetables. Last year I started making all my salad dressings from scratch. By focusing on only one seemingly small change per year, I have radically changed my family’s eating habits. I drink more water and only randomly drink a Coca-Cola. I also have decreased the amount of sugar consumed in my household.
So for the year 2016 I will continue to work on improving my eating habits, but instead of just focusing on eating I have selected a word to focus on. My one word for this year that I have selected will be STRENGTH. You see, in the past several years, I have grown weary. Homeschooling for 22 years can really “give you a crick in the neck.” Raising an autistic son, running a household, helping my husband to run a business, graduations, weddings, granddaughters, and watching your husband “die and come back to life” takes its toll on a human.
Sometimes strength is not doing everything yourself. Sometimes strength is removing negative voices from your life. So starting today there are things I will do differently:
Starting today I seek the Lord and find joy; I will laugh more and worry less. Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Starting today I will buy the clothes that make me happy and wear colors that make me smile.
Starting today I will listen to the voices of the strong women that God has placed in my life.
Starting today I will love more.
Starting today I will learn to accept help from people who offer.
Starting today, when I am weary, I will call upon the Lord to lift me to high places. Habakkuk 3:19 God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.
Starting today I will find my strength in Christ alone. Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.
Adding for Nicole’s one word blog.