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*Note: I’ll try not to be a cheese factory with this topic, but I can only do so much to prevent it.*

I’m not usually one make New Years resolutions. My opinion has previously been that it’s all nice to say I’m going to do something and have lovely intentions, but it’s not so nice when I quickly let my resolve waver.

That being said, there are some things that I am excited to see change this year. (It just happened to be a new year when I decided, okay?) The way I see it, there’s no time like the present to decide to make things different.

There is something really spectacular about getting another chance. I can’t count the times that I continue to act like a dodo and then still somehow expect things to get better. But God continues to decide every morning (or every hour sometimes) that I get another chance to get it right. I get to try again. He doesn’t even scowl at me when He sees me get back up from a fall. He’s not disgusted with me because when He looks at me, He doesn’t see my failures, He sees the perfection of Jesus. Nothing gets in the way of His love and compassion for me! He doesn’t scold me when He’s helping me back up. “Now if you just would have listened to me and did what I asked in the first place you wouldn’t be in this mess” is far from the tip of His tongue. So I have chosen to (at least try and) fall over less in 2016.

 

I want to share a couple of my goals for 2016 for the sake of accountability. I want to tell you that I’m going to do certain things, and then throughout the year I want you to see me doing them. I am unequivocally more resolute about this than I have been for previous ideas.

  1. Scripture memory! I will memorize at least one verse or small passage every week of the year. That may not sound very ambitious, but it’s definitely attainable. And to be honest, with 52 weeks in the year, it will probably be 50 or so more verses than I memorized in 2015. So there’s that.
  2. A tidy home! I will make sure that the house is PICKED UP every night before going to bed. That means no dishes in the sink, left to “soak”. That means no clothes on the bedroom floor. That means no shoes lying around, books scattered throughout the house, or craft supplies littering my desk. More than anything, I just want to build the habit so that I don’t have to fight my house forever. I want to be a great manager of the home so that I can focus more time and energy on people and hospitality.
  3. A non-critical spirit! This one is a little more abstract and a little less practical, but it’s very important to me. I tend to be pretty critical sometimes, specifically towards my adorable husband. Let’s face it, all wives deal with this, am I right? We¬†know we’re smarter, but I’m realizing now that sometimes I can be very arrogant and judgmental to David for doing things differently than I would choose to do them. It doesn’t really matter how he drives the car (as long as we’re safe, of course), chops an onion, or is slightly socially awkward sometimes. (I might be the only one who notices when he’s awkward, so if you don’t think so, forget that I mentioned that one. That’s just me being too critical of him, anyway.) I look over his shoulder when he does things and am so quick to judge him for something that he didn’t even technically do wrong. This must stop. He is so smart and funny, and he can be very wise! He’s observant and detail-oriented (which come in handy a lot, by the way!). He’s witty, weird, kind, and whether I always act like it or not, fully respectable. Best of all, he’s mine! (Sorry, ladies, he’s taken!) I trust him in the big things, why should I accuse him of doing the small things wrong?

 

These are some things that I have been restless about before the year turned anyway. This is me deciding to do something to finally do something to improve the situation. I really do want 2016 to be different. I want to learn to paint. Practice humility. Reclaim what I once knew of the Spanish language. I’ll just start officially with the goals I have listed above, but I’m excited to see where the next year takes me. I’m comforted to know that no matter how many times I mess up, God is always right there to give me a new beginning.

 

What do you hope to see change in 2016?? Do you have any goals or resolutions? Why change now? What would your life look like if you did something about your goals and dreams? What needs to happen for you to start fresh with a new beginning? Leave a comment! Let’s Get Real.

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