I had some challenges in 2017. I am sure most of us had some to various degrees. One of mine slowed me down to the point of almost stopping all progress in my life. Many of my plans for 2017 were derailed. The few things I did manage to complete were more difficult than in the past.
In the midst of my personal challenges, the LORD continued to bless us!
We gained two new grandchildren in 2017, which gives us a total of 5. They are every one precious and oh, so different!
Our Young Living team continued to grow in spite of my own challenges. We were privileged to go to Australia with Young Living and it was an amazing trip!
I have been pondering how to stay on track with my goals for 2018 and the LORD brought the verses to my mind about doing things for His glory.
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. ” 1 Corinthians 6:20
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
I am committed to doing only activities, eating food and drink and speaking words that bring glory to the LORD in 2018. Sometimes this is hard as I stand alone, meaning I take my own food and eat differently than everyone else. Even when I am with my health and wellness friends, I am still different because I cannot compromise for an event or a party and still stay on track.
I cannot keep a clear conscience and “take a break” from glorifying God with all I say, eat, drink and do.
I took a quiz on Facebook to determine “my word” for 2018 and it was JOY! A few days ago, as we took down our Christmas decorations, I brought out some of my decorations that had been put away and one of them is a plaque that says CHOOSE Joy! What a reminder! It IS a choice!
The Scripture says that if we know to do good and don’t do it, it is sin! (James 4:17). I know what to do to be right with the LORD, to feel good, and to accomplish my goals. I don’t need to make resolutions. I have studied health, wellness from a physical and spiritual point of view. I already know what I need to do. I just need to DO what I know is right.
So for 2018, I won’t make NEW resolutions. I already read my Bible, take care of my health by eating well and having good personal habits. I will stay the course and I will be intentional about choosing Joy when staying the course is hard, inconvenient, or awkward.
WHY do I keep on no matter what? For the GLORY of GOD, I will stay the course and choose Joy while I do it!
May God give you a peace that passes understanding and Joy in your heart no matter what your circumstance!
Happy New Year!