I took a few days off social media the last few days of December in order to step away from social media craziness and be present with my family. But when I logged back in on January 1, I immediately became overwhelmed with various challenges, detoxes and weight loss shakes on my feed and in my emails. It was exhausting to just look at it! I wondered what the most important things were to focus on, and how should I set my 2018 intentions?
After a little down time, here’s what I came up with.
Every January I set a goal of trying to read through the Bible. I usually get through Genesis and abandon the idea by February. Once again, I’ve started this year but the one thing I’ve tried to do differently is a Facebook accountability group. I also discovered the Bible Gateway app which I really like because it has Max McLean reading my preferred version, the ESV.
I’m also going to spend a few minutes in the evening writing out scripture. Something about writing with pen on actual paper helps me to be able to meditate on it and remember it for a longer period of time.
January 5 marks 32 years of sobriety for me and that’s always something to celebrate!
Two years ago, I began a journey with Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve lost 35 pounds, with about 20 left to go. I probably would have been there already but sometimes I struggle and get off track. But I do have to count some things as victories:
*Despite a very strong genetic tendency to Type 2 Diabetes, my glucose levels are completely normal.
*My blood pressure is normal.
*My immune system is greatly improved, probably from cutting out sugar.
Of course, I’m still a mom with chronic illness and that isn’t going away. I have to be careful about energy reserves and what I can realistically accomplish.
Family Still Comes First
One of the realities of special needs parenting is that your kids are going to need you for a long time. I wrestle with this because honestly my inner self just wants to move on to something else after 20 plus years of homeschooling, shuttling my kids to all the activities and endless medical appointments.
I want my business ventures to take off but besides managing my self care, I must remember that my husband and children are a priority, and will have to keep learning to trust God with the outcome of what little I’m able to do.
I’ve committed to praying for my adult children daily. As they transition into adulthood, this is my most important ministry as long as I’m on this earth. This doesn’t come naturally so I use these books to help me pray.
How I Set my 2018 Intention
After reading this quote from Jill Briscoe the other morning, my word became very clear.
You go where you’re sent, and you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.
It’s simply to CONTINUE ON.
Many things in my life are not as I wish, but that doesn’t mean walking away from them. I just need to continue on…in growing my faith, continuing my sobriety, writing, working through my physical challenges and trusting that God is big enough to meet my needs where I fall short.
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