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Yesterday I asked you whether you made any new year resolutions, and explained why, for the last number of years I have not made any resolutions.

Let me ask you a question about your resolutions or aims for this year – Is your relationship with God included in any of them?

Maybe God’s never been part of your life; maybe you used to believe in Him but events or people have made you doubt and turn away from Him; or maybe you still believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart.

So today whatever your current relationship is with God (if any), why not make a new start with God this year and give Him your heart today.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

 So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
  Come, come and know, know me now

That’s Christmas and New Year over, and before we know it, we’ll all be back at work or school, and we’ll be back in our daily routine again. Before we know it Christmas will seem like a distant memory as we head into what is usually the coldest, iciest and snowiest part of winter in the UK.

Now that I’ve completely depressed you all by what lies ahead of us as far as the weather is concerned, let’s go back to thinking about this new year and what it means to us.

Are you one of those people who makes one or more new year resolutions? Or have you been there done that in the past and now think they are a waste of time?

I’ve made new year resolutions in the past, but for a number of years now I haven’t made any resolutions. Why? Not because there’s nothing about my life I want to change this year, but because I don’t need the start of a new year to be determined to make these changes. Also what may be my targets or aims for this new year may change during the year because of circumstances, so where would that leave a resolution I made at the start of a year when circumstances were potentially different, so would never achieve them.

Yes I still  make a new start each year, but I make my targets and aims as I go through the year and I find this works best for me. It allows me to focus on what is important to me at the time, rather than focusing on goals set a number of month previously.

How about you, have you set new year resolutions? How achievable do you think your resolutions are?

So we’re now more than a week into 2016, but have you started 2016 with God?

a-new-year-with-godMany will have made new years resolutions for this year, I simply ask today that you consider starting afresh with God this year, as He will help you through this year and beyond.

Let God’s love Fall Afresh on you this year.

 

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the End of January I gave you an update on how I was doing, so now that February is just about over, it’s time to review how I’m getting on so far, with my aims:

  • Eat healthier
    • Doing ok with this one, as I’m still eating healthier both at home and in the office – and yes I am still managing to eat between 3 and 5 bits of fruit a day just in the office
  • Lose some weight
    • Once again I was a bit apprehensive of checking my weight as I’ve simply been eating a bit healthier and getting a wee bit more exercise, rather than actually going on a diet as such. So I was pleasantly surprised when I weighted myself this morning to find I’ve lost 5 lbs!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Much the same answer as last month as I am reading my bible more than I was last year, but I could definitely still do better.
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • On the whole February’s been a better month than January was, as managed to keep going every day – though some days were a struggle..
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Still nowhere near ready to try to play tennis again yet, although I’m still going for about a half hour walk most days, so I’m happy with my progress with this one!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Been managing this more in February than I did in January, but there’s still room for improvement
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • No progress on this one yet!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely still not succeeding with this one,as too many other demands on me these days
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Finding this very difficult and challenging…more prayer for patience required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • More success on this one this last month than I did in January, but still lots of room for improvement

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – I think if I had to summarise my progress to date, it would be, doing OK so far, but still room for much improvement.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. So now that January is over I thought it time to review how I’m getting on (or not!) with my aims, so here goes:

  • Eat healthier
    • Doing not to bad with this one, as I’ve been eating healthier both at home and in the office – I’ve only be drinking tea, coffee or water at work and I’ve been eating 3 or 4 bit of fruit in the office every day too
  • Lose some weight
    • I was a bit apprehensive of checking my weight as I’ve not really been on a diet, but simply eating a bit healthier and getting a wee bit more exercise. So I was pleasantly surprised when I weighted myself this morning to find I’ve lost 5 lbs!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Have been reading my bible more than I had been, but I definitely could still do better!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • This has been a struggle quite a few times, but I’ve only given into it twice…and that was at during a weekend, so all in all I’m happy with that.
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Nowhere near ready to try to play tennis again yet, although I have been getting a bit more exercise every day, as I’ve been for about a half hour walk almost every day this year so far, so again, I’m happy with my progress with this one!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • I’ve managed this some days, but could definitely do better
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • My first complete failure so far as not been anywhere near a piano this year…yet
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Another failure. Although it’s a bit early in the year to say I’ve failed at this one, especially as this relies on how my husband’s health is as well as my own
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Fail!
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I’m trying my best, though it’s still a huge struggle sometimes…more prayer for patience required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Didn’t start off the year very well with this one, although I think there’s been a small improvement in the last week or so

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – I think if I had to summarise my progress to date, it would be, doing OK so far, but still room for much improvement.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

Welcome to 2012! I hope it’s a guid’un for you and yours.

Personally I’m quite pleased to see the back of 2011, as it wasn’t the best year for me or my family.

So what about 2012, what am I hoping to achieve this year?

I say “what am I hoping to achieve this year” rather than what are my resolutions” because personally I think whenever we use the phrase “new year’s resolutions“, they are doomed to failure before we’ve even finished making them up!

As 2011 wasn’t the best year for me, some of my aims for this new year will hopefully help me to make this year a better one for me and my family. So here’s my list of aims for 2012, in no particular order:

  • Eat healthier
  • Lose some weight
  • Spend more time reading my bible
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
  • More patience and understanding of others
  • Stop procrastinating

Come the end od 2012, I wonder how many of these aims I’ll be able to say, “yes I’ve achieved this”, only the next 364 days will tell!

Whatever your aims for 2012, or your new year’s resolutions, I pray your year may be one in which you experience God’s love for you and your friends and family, whatever 2012 may hold for you.

Have a great 2012! God bless. 

Every new year, I’m sure, like me, you hear at least one or two people saying that it is a “new year and a new start” for them. But why does it take a new year for many of us to decide to make a new start with something in their life?

Maybe it’s just because the end of a calendar year seems a good time to “close the door” on your past and “open the door” to a new you.

While a new year can be a great time to make resolutions to make a fresh start, it’s not the only time you can make changes in your life for the better. After all God is ready and waiting for you to give your life to Him every day of the year, so if you haven’t given you heart to Jesus yet, you can do so at any time…although now is as good a time as any!

I seem to recall being told that for soemthing new to become a habit you must do it for 20 consecutive days – Any less than that and it simply will not become a standard part f your life. So where it’s getting up an hour earlier every day to exercise or whether it taking time out every day to spend half an hour with God, it is less likely to become a habit for you if you do not do that task for 20 consecutive days. i.e. You make it a habit.

I pray that this year God may become an essential part of your life and that praying and spending time listening to God might be your new habit for 2011.

Yesterday I looked back over the 2010, and considered what my year in headlines would be for last year. Now today I want to look ahead to 2011. i.e. This year…

What are you looking forward to in 2011? Do you have any particular hopes and dreams for the coming year?

For me, my biggest hopes for the coming year are that all my family (including me), can have a healthy and hospital free year…but given this last year I think I may be pushing it to want a year free from unplanned hospital visits – I can but hope!

On top of that, I hope that God will continue to help me to grow in His love and peace, and that I may in some small way be able to share His love with those I come into contact with.

Can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my blog and especially for the love, support and prayers that many of you have offered in the last year.

I pray that whatever your hopes and dreams for 2011, they may in some way be realised in this new year.

May 2011 be one full of many blessings for you and your family and friends.