Please don't judge me. I want to be better…I really do. I have just learned that I can only improve so much in one year. (I realize how lame that looks in print, but I also am woman enough and brave enough to tell the TRUTH!) Actually, I can only keep up with so much in one year. So this idea of choosing ONE WORD resolutions resonates with my spirit. I can almost believe that I could possibly remember one word. (I say this because I forgot last year's ONE WORD.)
I have prayed for God to reveal to me what I most need to work on. When that ONE WORD resonated in my soul, I prayed again for confirmation. That ONE WORD was still there.
Are you sure, God? Perhaps, there are other words that I am missing. What about LOVE or COMPASSION? I'm sure I need to work on those attributes. Come on, Lord, don't You think MERCY is worth considering? I haven't been very merciful lately. Or how about FORGIVING. Please let me work on FORGIVING. Anything but that ONE WORD!
Still only the same ONE WORD remained in my spirit. Ugh! God wants me to SIMPLIFY in 2015. The word SIMPLIFY immediately causes both fear and relief to my spirit. I know I need to purge my home of unnecessary items and my calendar of unnecessary events. It is time for me to make a confession:
Hello. My name is Amy. I am an Activity Hoarder.
I love doing things, organizing events, and enjoying those events with other people. If I'm not careful, I can completely fill up my calendar with "events" that are good and well-intentioned, but that prevent me from being open to opportunities the Holy Spirit has planned. As I turned 40, I did learn how to say, "no," to people when I didn't want to do something. Unfortunately too many people have learned to ask me to help with events right up my alley.
All to often, I have said, "yes," based upon my personal interest instead of private time spent in humble prayer. Then the "yeses" seemed to multiply like rabbits. One activity led to another and to another and so on until I was exhausted or physically sick. Usually somewhere in there I had a crying fit or two. (If I was lucky, those happened in the privacy of my own home. Unfortunately in the past year I haven't been all that lucky! So sorry to those who have witnessed the ugly cry! I'm sure you are truly relieved to hear about the Year of SIMPLIFY.)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
So here's to the Year of SIMPLIFY! What does that mean? For my family, it means the following:
1) I will try my best to only speak away from home once a month.
2) I will clean out my bedroom/home of unnecessary items.
3) To accept a new activity I must:
a) Invest 48 hours of honest prayer time and
b) Let go of at least one activity before saying "yes."
4) I will do my best to take care of today what I can so that tomorrow I'm not playing "catch up."
5) Mondays are Amy Days. A girl still needs some FUN!
I have learned that when I joyfully submit to God's plan, I enjoy the journey so much more. So with COURAGEOUS (last year's word!) determination, I begin the Year of SIMPLIFY, making room for the Father's blessings. I'm betting they are waaaay better than anything I would have blessed myself with anyway!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21