3 ways to make 2015 your best year yet…

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Happy New Year!!

Here’s a few thoughts I have on ways to make 2015 your best year yet-

1. SLOW DOWN- As I scraped things off my cabinets yesterday, I thought why does this happen?  I quickly realized it’s because I am often in a hurry.  I really hate to waste time, and can get a little anal about it.  Maybe one of my resolutions should be to not “help” my husband by telling him the quickest way to get everywhere!

The thing about always being in a hurry is that I don’t always do things the best.  When I don’t take the time to slow down, I often make careless mistakes or sling things all over my kitchen.  I wondered yesterday if I slow down a little this year if my kitchen will stay a little cleaner.

I think it’s important to be in the moment we are in, not always rushing to get into the next moment.  So I am going to try to slow down a little, relax, and enjoy #myreallife now. 🙂

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

2. WRITE IT DOWN- As we look to this coming year, I am reminded the important of writing things down.

What do you want to do this year?

What do you want to do today?

Write it down.  It gives us the space to go back to and see the way we have been blessed.  I have a list of 100 dreams, and I periodically go back through them to see what God has done.  Sometimes we miss it if we haven’t made a record of these things.  I am a nerd who loves to have a paper planner so I can cross things off my list.  It helps me with my need for a sense of accomplishing things, but in the long term it helps us see what is happening rather than focusing on what isn’t.

And the LORD answered me:

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

Habakkuk 2:2

3. FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS- In this season where we often want to correct everything we need to work on, I think it’s important to spend a significant amount of your time on things you are actually good at!  God created you to be a unique gift to the world.  While it is valuable and important to desire to live life to the fullest, don’t lose sight of why you are here.  The world needs your gift.

If we spend too much time focusing on our weakness, most of us will get discouraged and give up.  I’ve heard it said that you can only really work on one issue at a time.  Figure out what area there is grace to work on in this season, but don’t lose focus of the things you already do well.

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,

each of us is to exercise them accordingly:

if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

Romans 12:6

Be blessed in 2015!

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