Day 16…how’s it going?

Well, you’ve had four-past-a-dozen days to live up to your New’s Years resolutions, how are they going?

Being an over-achiever, I started mine the day after Christmas. Of course this may have been directly related to the fact that when I stood on my new Wii Fit it made the sound that is made when someone picks the wrong door on “Let’s Make a Deal”. In that moment, dressed as Raggedy Ann and fishing through my purse for a paper clip, I decided that I needed to make some changes.

I’ve cut back on sugar and decided that moving this body a little more might be a good thing. I’ve found that I don’t miss sugar (except in my coffee) and that moving more hurts a little-sometimes a lot. Don’t worry, mochas are not a thing of the past for me, just a slight pause in the action.

I’m not big on resolutions, I think that ‘decisions’ are better than resolutions. The word resolute means: ‘to be determined to’. So I can be determined to read my Bible or I can wake up and decide to do it.
No matter how determind I am to do something, if I don’t decide in that moment to do it, it doesn’t happen, not even with “I can do all things through Christ” written on post-it notes all over my bathroom mirror.

It is good to be single-mindedly resolved to do something, but our life is really a pool of the things that we’ve decided to dive into. And sometimes I’m not so crazy about what goes floating by as I back-stroke through my day.

The most important thing to me is my relationship with God. Religion can cause me to regularly darken the doors of a church or open my Bible and read like a good little soldier does. But my relationship with God draws me like a moth to the flame. Hungry for what it has to offer then suddenly extinguished by the power of His presence and the majesty of who He is. At that moment I realize…that’s the point…like the moth, I die, He shines.

His Word is life. It changes me. It makes me want to decide to know Him better. I want to know, what does He think about life? What is His take on the messy reality of all that is today. How do I fit? How can He possibly love everyone? I mean, look at us…really?

I resolve to decide to grow closer to Him. I want more of Him and less of me, so off to the flame I flutter and brace myself for the landing.

So it’s day 16…how’s it going?

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  1. Love it, love it, love it1 I should print this and stick it in my Bible for when I am reading…as a relationship and not just the good little soldier…sadly, I am usually just the good little soldier.NO SUGAR!!!!! Oh, dear Sue, please have sugar for MY coffee when I come to visit you. I put just the tiniest bit in it, you know…well, other than the sugar in the caramel maccihito creamer…but, otherwise, I don't seek it out but sugar, oh, in my coffee….it's a must.Seriously, great post.

  2. Praise and Coffee says:

    Oh Dee, I promise, I'll have creamer for ya! And thank you 🙂

  3. Great word Sue, I too need the reminder to of the relationship and not just doing the norm. Sue really SUGAR!!! Oh dear you go girl, I never put sugar in coffee, flavored creamer YES!! lol

  4. Praise and Coffee says:

    Deb, it's actually flavored creamer for me too 🙂 And I'm sure it will be again, but I'm taking a break for the month or so. I can't believe how much it helps with cravings! Thanks!

  5. Sue this statement alone spoke to me: "my relationship with God draws me like a moth to the flame. Hungry for what it has to offer then suddenly extinguished by the power of His presence and the majesty of who He is. At that moment I realize…that's the point…like the moth, I die, He shines."I love it. The whole blog was good but that statement was excellent!Hugs,Rose

  6. What a great point you made about the difference in resolutions and decisions. It really is true. We can resolve to do many things, but in the end we have to actually DECIDE to do them.Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!Karen