"Happy New Year!" Yet another year has rolled around, which is the time that most of us start making resolutions for the coming year. What are my resolutions you ask? I don't have any. Why? I, for one, have never really been big on making resolutions. I mean really just think about it,  If we are all honest and willing to admit it, how long into the new year does it take, before you are already breaking those resolutions? So, instead of setting myself up for inevitable failure, I choose to make what I call "lifestyle changes" that will then become a habit (good)  that will stay with me for a lifetime and far beyond the current year. For me, it's all about progressing and growing towards being what God wants me to be and not just looking for a temporary fix.

Since God started me on this journey, back in September of 2012, it has been one big eye opening experience for me! The reason why is because until then, I didn't realize how spiritually immature and selfish I was as a person. Ouch! Yes, I just stepped on my own toes! But, then when you really get down to it, that's what this journey has been about for me. Which is Self-Realization and being able to face my own truths in the mirror of my life, no matter how ugly, and then taking responsibility for when I fall short of walking in the spirit of LOVE. It's no secret that I am a follower of Joyce Meyer and in one of her teachings she said something that hit me over the head like a ton of bricks! She s: "No matter how much I think I know, if I am not walking in LOVE then I really don't know anything!"

It was in that moment, that I realized, not only was I not walking in love the way that God intended us to walk in love towards one another, but also, I saw how the words that I was speaking were just as damaging. Often times, we say things in the heat of the moment or simply out of frustration, and don't really think about the damage those words may be causing. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with my children. I'm sure that most parents can relate to this. Although I love my children to life, there are those times when I feel like I want run screaming from the house in frustration! LOL! Picture that! But, what God helped me to realize, is that I can not hold them responsible for making me happy or for having a good day. The same goes for my husband. Being happy has to be a decision that I make ahead of time. So, once I finally realized this, my children and I created one of those good habits that I mentioned earlier. That is, each and every day we declare out loud, "This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!" (Psalm 118:24) It has become such a habit, that if I forget they will remind me! YES! What a huge difference this has made in our lives!
Not only were my words causing damage to others in my life, but they were also hindering my own personal growth and opportunities. Have you ever heard anyone say, "Get out of your own way?" That's exactly what I had to learn to do! My attitude was determining my altitude and I was flying low! How was I going to get out of my own way? Simply put, I have to start living every day with one goal in mind. And that is to put a smile on God's face and not on trying to impress people. I know that this is easier said than done but after all, "To whom much is given, much is required!" Are you up to the challenge? I AM!
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. stated that one of Life's most Persistent and Urgent questions is: "What are you doing for others?"
Let January 20th be a day on and not just a day Off!



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