I've never been one to have resolutions, really. But for some reason this year feels different.
It's not because I'm against them or anything. I just know myself and after a few weeks of "gung-ho"ness, I'll eventually taper off and only disappoint myself.
I didn't make any last year, but goodness, was last year life changing regardless. Isn't that what resolutions are for anyway? To make life changes? That just goes to show you that we are inevitably not in control- whether I made any resolutions or not, God had big plans and they happened. And I'm really ok with that. We had amazing triumphs and blessings mixed in with immense sadness and sorrows...yet, looking back over the last year I'm still in awe of Him and His mercy and kindness. He is a big God and although sad things happened, the beauty and blessings that those things birthed really calms my soul.
After reviewing 2013, I really want to go into 2014 with some future "hopes" and "disciplines" for myself. I really want to give it all I've got and allow God to really transform me; my heart. I know He does't need me to do this, but I really want to...you know?
So here are my "resolutions" for 2014...
- Use my real camera. With the visit from my friend Michele, I was just totally refreshed and encouraged camera-wise. Listen, I'm lazy. And if I can get away with shooting things with my iPhone, I will. It's fast and it's easy. It's also "cheating", as we ended up calling it. So, this year I will force myself to really learn my Canon, play around more and more with it, and let God use that talent He's given me for His glory. Whatever that should be.
- No Pinterest or blogs for recipes; cookbooks only. This one scares the crap out of me. Just being honest here. I love Pinterest and am so easily inspired by everything I see. BUT the truth is, by only being inspired by other bloggers, the recipes we all end up seeing on the internet are just different versions of themselves! Time to start contributing brand new stuff. Also, I am very easily discouraged upon visiting and can more often than not leave feeling "less than" or like my recipes and blog posts just can't compare. So, I'm going to wean myself from this dependency and do things the old fashioned way- good ol' cookbooks! I have SO many of them anyway...good ones! Great ones actually. With 1,000's of recipes I want to try. So get ready friends, for that.
- Eat clean foods. I guess if I'm perfectly honest, I sort of do this every year come January. But then...come Fall...it's carbs, sugar, frostings, baked goods, and so on GALORE! The Lord has blessed me with a healthy body, and I want to care for it accordingly. I never, under any circumstance want to take it for granted. With the passing of my friend Stephanie, I know how fragile our bodies really can be. So, I choose to (once again) try my best at clean eating. Real, honest foods.
- Pursue Jesus with my whole heart. This one is a no brainer, but for some reason always gets pushed to the back burner as soon as things get crazy in life. Which, as we all know, doesn't really make sense and shouldn't be the way things work. Jesus first, husband second. Jesus first, then work...Jesus first, life later. I'm tired of frantically trying to figure out a way to fit in a devotional. Tired of feeling bad come the end of the night when I was "too busy" and just couldn't get in any time with Him. He needs to be first Christina. You know this. So, this year I really want to strive to put Him and all things Him first. Then the rest will come.
- Invest. Invest. Invest. In people that is. We're called to make disciples. Which means me, too. I'm not exempt. Having a blogging/internet based business can easily make for introverted social skills. I really love being a hermit, and could seriously live all my days at home with my kitties and husband. Friends can come as they please, of course. This, obviously isn't a good thing. The Lord has blessed me with the gift of blogging, so I need to shine Him with it. He's blessed me with amazing friends through blogging- so I need to shine Him through that to them! But, He has also blessed me with the gift of family members and friends close by...and I really need to invest in them, pray with them, pray for them, love on them, and disciple them.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19
I was reading Titus the other day and the very first verse got me thinking, "How would you describe your purpose in life? To what are you devoted? Are your willing to share your faith, teach the truth, and live a Godly life for all to see?"
Will you pray for me about these things? And also, should you have prayer requests- please comment below with them! Let's be an amazing Christ-centered community!
What are your resolutions?