We make them and break them.

Apparently only 8% of people who make resolutions actually keep them. No wonder we laugh about the idea. Have you made any this year or are you choosing not to because you are still working on the ones you made in 2015?

This year I am making ones that I am actually excited to keep.

Not ones about weight loss or budgeting or getting into shape.
For one, I want to go back to my fall plan and actually post mini blogs. Mini. Not Maxi. NO more long winded expositions that I tend to fall prey to posting. Instead, I want to produce bite size, digestible encouragement each week – stuff that is easy to read but still thought provoking and inspiring.
So starting next week, I am committing to actually keeping my mini-blogs mini sized. I promise.

What about you? What are your 2016 resolutions?  

Here’s one I would love to prescribe for all of the sweet mamas that I am privileged to walk with and talk with:

 “Leave the broken, irreversible past in the Lord’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” Oswald Chambers.

You have different personalities and uniquely-wired children. Your challenges are different as are your circumstances. Yet you all share one thing in common. You are more apt to hold onto guilt and beat yourselves up rather than receive God’s grace for yourselves. You remember your mistakes all too well and too readily shrug off your triumphs. You allow your not-so-glorious moments to reduce your joy and gratitude as well as overshadow the victorious work God is doing within you.

Therefore, I encourage you to leave 2015 in God’s hands and step into 2016 free of the trappings of the past.

It’s a new year. A new beginning. The past is irreversible. And, with God, the future is invincible.

I challenge you to BE FREE – to let go and let God grow you as only He can! Don’t dwell in the shadow of your mistakes, rather view them as motivation to grow as you abide in the shadow of the Almighty who redeems you and sanctifies you, both through your defeats and victories. You will be far more able to love your children out of a heart that is not hampered by guilt and shame. He will change you and grow you when you allow Him room in your heart to do so. So remove your memories of yesterday’s mistakes and failures and lay them at His feet. Receive His forgiveness and His grace and let Him newly define you this year. (There I go getting wordy again!)

And here’s a few resolutions I challenge you to take on as parents.

In 2016 purpose to:

  1. Affirm your children more than you chastise them
  2. Be grateful for them more than you grumble about them
  3. Look past the dirt and grime and see the gold that is buried within them
  4. Look for who they are becoming rather than who they currently are – or are not
  5. Patiently correct them more than you vehemently criticize them
  6. Be content with the family you have rather than complain about the family you want

My granddaughters who I resolve to affirm and love with my whole heart!

Finally, choose to be a breath of fresh air to your family and not a nay-sayer.

I read this on Facebook this week: Negative people have a problem for every solution. Resolve to speak life, to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up, as fit for the occasion, that it may give to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Undoubtedly your yesterday’s hold lost opportunities but pining over these will not transform your future. 2016 is before you. Take hold of it in one hand and hold onto the Hand of the Almighty with your other hand. He will walk with you and talk with you and replace your fears and anxieties with peace and assurance.

 Happy 2016!

Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but, on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past.

~Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)