Hey Sweet Friend,
Recovering from a rough end to 2017, snuggling sick babies, slogging through gloomy weather and my own mental health battles, I’ve been tempted to just chuck all my goals and vision for 2017 out the window.
In fact, research shows that 80% of us will give up on our New Year’s Resolutions by the second week of February. So if you’re like me, exhausted already by SO MUCH JANUARY, listen: You’re in good company.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. God created us for good works, He says in Ephesians 2:10. He brought us from dried-up and dead to flourish and bloom into new life in Christ, so that He could complete, create, cry out through His people. Through you and me.
What does that look like when we’ve lost our moxie to move forward? Girl, it looks like faith.
This week, let’s take a refresh. Let’s take 20 minutes to journal, list, pray, or talk about our how our 2018 goals are going.
Here are the top 3 reasons I see the ladies in my life giving up on their goals:
1. You've Lost Your Why: Maybe you’ve fallen off that exercise wagon because you’ve forgotten why you want to do it in the first place (is it to lose weight and impress others or to thrive in your energy to serve God?). Whatever the goal is, take a minute to speak your Why. Remind yourself with post-it notes on your steering wheel, dry erase marker on your mirror, or even your Wear the Word bracelet.
2. You Need Rest: You’ve worked so hard on deep cleaning your home that you just need a coffee date with a good book. Or a nap! Self-care isn’t always at the top of our list, but it’s essential to find that balance between work and rest. What’s one way you can spend 20 minutes on something life-giving today?
3. You Need to Restrategize. Hey, go-getter! You’ve kicked some deadlines in the tush, but you’re left feeling dissatisfied. For you, it’s probably time to reshape some of your goals so that they fit into your lifestyle and who God has made you to be. I find that I often have to reshape a time- or number-specific goals when my duties as stay-at-home mama make it hard to keep up. It’s okay to say “Okay, this goal isn’t working for me. Why? What’s a better way to work toward the same end result in my current season?”
I admit, I’m a bit of all three. Right now I’m keeping my word of the year (JOY-FULL) close, so I can remember to cling to the JOY and FULLNESS of life God offers us in all we do.
Praying vision and revival over you this February,
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