Hey friends, today will be a short post but I wanted to share something that encouraged my heart. A few days ago I got a newsletter from Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker sharing about how she’s restarting her year on March 1st. Like many of us, she started with great intentions at the beginning of the year, however sick kids and family losses put those plans on the back burner three houses away. While those first two months of the year were tremendously difficult, she decided to begin anew on Friday.
I. Needed. This. Like many of you, I started off the year with so many great ideas. I selected “Rest” as my word of the year because it has been sorely lacking. The last quarter on 2018 was wonderful but full: our annual vacation, planning a spiritual enrichment weekend for our singles ministry, cooking Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and on and on. We were so busy it took us two weeks to decorate our tree.
I went into the new year resolved to rest, relax, and trust in God more rather than in my own strength… and then we had two planning retreats, hosted a Three Kings Day Re-gifting Extravaganza party, another planning meeting, marriage retreat, work deadlines, and one of my fillings fell out. Again, all good stuff (well, except for dental issues), but a lot of stuff. Meanwhile my word of the year has been sitting in the corner, patiently waiting for me.
But I’m not going to be discouraged by the first couple months of the year. I will to hold on to the good: I maintained holiday traditions with good friends. My marriage was invested in by going away and listening to great messages from a mature couple. I helped make plans to move our singles ministry forward. But I’m also going to reinvest in myself. And if March turns out crazy, I’ll start over again in April. I might not perfectly live out my vision of a more rest-filled life, but I can make progress.
What about you? Do you need a new year reset? Leave a comment below.