Name It and Nail It

I attended a women’s conference a few years ago, and although the speakers were amazing, it was the words of the worship leader that have stuck with me: “Don’t leave here the same.”  What if we applied that to how we think about the new year?  What if we walked into 2018 determined not to end the year the same way we started it?

Name It

Did you know that there’s power in your words, stepmomma?  Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death.  Have you made a new year’s resolution for 2018?  If so, how you describe and define your resolution, i.e. name it, can affect how you perceive and achieve it.  A goal without meaning or significance is easily set aside or forgotten.

For example, being utterly transparent, I would love to lose some weight this year.  I love food, and I have discovered I’m a “comfort eater” – I turn to food to make me feel better when I’m stressed or upset.  For me, guilt and goals aren’t getting me any closer to shedding the pounds – but the desire to be more active with my husband and stepkids motivates me.

If you want to read the Bible in one year, what’s your motivation?  Instead of counting pages, think about growing closer to God through His word.  Are you trying to drum up the courage to find a better job or go after that big promotion?  Focus on how the better pay, better hours, or stepping into your calling will be good for you and your family.

Nail It

A sweet friend surprised me with a wooden cross last year, along with a few nails and slips of paper.  She explained that after lifting up things to God in prayer, I could physically write them down and nail them to the cross. 

Having grown up in church, the image of Jesus dying for my sins is a very real concept – as is laying my worries and burdens at His feet.  But somehow I am always quick to forget the promise of abundant life: deep joy and peace not matter the circumstances. 

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

I will leave you with this: don’t end 2018 the same person.  Be renewed in Christ.  Step into your calling.  Grow even closer in relationship wth your Savior.  Believe in all that He has for you and your family.  Don’t just resolve – dream!

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