It’s been quite the year! 2017 is drawing to a close and 2018 is just around the corner. It’s been a year filled with highs and lows, birth and death and new beginnings. Here are a few highlights:
- Our fourth grandchild, Wyatt James, joined us in October weighing a hearty 10 lbs, 8 oz and 23 inches long!
- We lost my mom in February. She was 95 and quite frail but now she’s strong and vibrant once again 🙂
- I battled hard against anxiety, this post describes my journey, and I’m standing in faith believing it will evaporate completely in 2018.
- I realize I didn’t post many new recipes this year but that will change in 2018! Mike and I will be going Keto for January and hope to get back to our fighting weight!
- I was privileged to keynote at the wonderful Raising Generations Today conference in October.
- I’m blogging again! Because of the whole anxiety thing, writing wasn’t happening much for me last year. But part of my healing is picking up my pen!
- I’m blessed to have several devotionals in the (In)courage Devotional Bible coming out later this year.
- This just happened this week! From Billboard: “Singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli scores her fifth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart and her first leader since 2015, as her new Christmas song “Messiah” vaults 13-1. The jump is the biggest to No. 1 for a song’s first week on top in the chart’s 14-year history. “Messiah” surges 59 percent to 4 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Dec. 24, according to Nielsen Music.” Go Franny!!
- I fully intended to declutter every inch of my house. Suffice it to say, that will have to wait till 2018!
- Mike and I were blessed to spend lots of time with our grandkids and Franny and Matt! We moved here to be closer and it’s my favorite part of 2017!
I wrote a New Years post a few years ago to remind myself and others that God is not really interested in my resolutions. He wants my submission, my obedience, my loyalty. We look ahead this time of year and resolve to change, to do better, to lose the weight, quit the job, start the hobby, write the book, etc.
But I like to look back and reflect. What worked in my life, what didn’t, where was I a blessing, where could I have been a blessing but wasn’t, what healthy habits did I pick up, what unhealthy habits do I need to lay down, what can I do better, etc.
Here are 20 things to think about as you move into 2018.
- What was the most important decision you made this year?
- What are three major blessings you experienced?
- How did you improve your life? How did you improve other’s lives?
- What are the three best ways you used your free time? The three worst?
- What impossible dream are you believing God for?
- What most caused you to grow and change this year?
- What life event had the biggest impact?
- What extraordinary truth about you did you discover this year?
- What new skill did you tackle?
- This past year did you give your body all it needed to be the healthiest it can be? If not, why not?
- What do you love doing that you’re not doing?
- What fear conquered you this past year? What fear did you conquer?
- What risks did you take?
- What did you do that you want to be remembered for?
- What can you do to make life simpler in the coming year?
- Who do you need to forgive?
- If friends were giving you advice about your life, what would they say? Would they be right?
- What dreams were born this year? Which dreams died?
- Who did you mentor this year? Who mentored you?
- How did your life help or impact another’s?
I truly believe 2018 will prove to be a banner year for many of us. I’m more excited for this new year than I’ve been in a long time. I feel something in my spirit and I believe God will be speaking louder than before, and the more we press in to hear His voice, the clearer we will hear him.
Our obedience and submission will change us for the better more than anything we resolve to do. But, if we are going to resolve, let’s resolve to know Him better by pressing in through prayer, reading the Word, worshipping the one our hearts adore. As John Piper likes to say,
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
Maybe this is the year to slow the pace down and take time to relate to the people around you, less technology (it’s okay to put down your phones), more face to face honest communication.
I pray 2018 is a year of satisfaction, rest and refreshing for us all.