2018 New Year’s Resolutions

On New Year’s Day, a friend of my husband’s was asking if we had made any New Year’s Resolutions. I answered immediately, “Now why would I do something like that?” He laughed, and then I explained the following to him:

When I was a teenager, I used make a very long list of New Year’s resolutions. I would have a list of 20 or 30 things I wanted to change about myself. After a few days, I would no longer be following any of them.

This was my reason for not making any, because I figured that it would not make any difference anyways.

Well, I thought about it more that day, and I decided that I would give it a try again. But this time, I would only have 3 resolutions instead of 20.

After much contemplation, I decided I should resolute to be more patient with my family. I was only the 4th day in and I thought I was doing well so far.

For example, my daughter just wanted to play with the Lego blocks she got for Christmas, instead of starting her school work.

I just let her play, and I taught my two boys first. After that, I made lunch for my children. Then I had my daughter start her school work.

The Scriptures that I have been trying to apply, by God’s grace , are “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb” (Proverbs 16:24) and “A soft answer turneth away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1). I recite these verses to myself frequently throughout the day.

Later that same day, my 3-year-old was helping me make Black Forest Cake for his Daddy, and while he was stirring the mixture, there was plenty of flour that flew out of the bowl. I kept calm and did not become irritated about the mess he was making.

I just said, “that’s okay”, and cleaned up the mess.

The other thing I did differently was change up my morning routine. All 3 of my children were more interested in writing stories than doing school work. In the past, I would have told them that we must finish school work (so I can check off all I need to teach for the day) 🙂 before we write stories.

Instead, I sat calmly in the recliner with my 5-year-old as he dictated to me his funny story, and I wrote it out for him. Next, my 8-year-old wanted to write a story. So I made a little book for her, and she dictated to me as I wrote it down.

I might have become irritated with the fact that even though my daughter knows how to write, she was asking me to write for her. But, I was okay with it because I know that one day she will be in college, and will no longer be asking me for help with writing 🙂

I am so glad that I took the time to write down every word that my children said. As a result of doing this, my 3-year-old’s book has brought so much fun and laughter to our lives.

My daughter wrote down the title of his book as he dictated to her what he wanted it to be titled. My children are always asking my husband to read the story again to them. I laugh the entire time that my husband is reading the story.

My next resolution is to finish my book. My book is on hold for now since home schooling is my priority right now. This summer, I would like to continue completing my rough draft. I have the last chapter to finish. Then, I plan on finding an editor for my book.

But, my most important goal for this year is to draw closer to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For many years, my favorite song was “Whatever it Takes”. I had forgotten about this song until a week ago when a lady from our church sang it.  I love the words of the song!

There’s a voice calling me from an old rugged tree
And it whispers
“Draw closer to Me
Leave your world far behind
There are new heights to climb
And a new life in Me you will find”

For whatever it takes to draw closer to You, Lord
That’s what I’ll be willing to do
And whatever it takes to be more like You
That’s what I’ll be willing to do

Take the dearest things to me
If that’s how it must be to draw me closer to You
Let my disappointments come
Lonely days without the sun
If in sorrow more like You I’ll become

I’ll trade sunshine for rain, comfort for pain
That’s what I’ll be willing to do
For whatever it takes for my will to break
That’s what I’ll be willing to do
That’s what I’ll be willing to do

I have had pain instead of comfort,  I have had lonely days and disappointments. God has broken my will. Through all of this, I have drawn closer to God than I ever had before! I have come a long ways, but I still have so much further to go!

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? If you have, please share below. I would love to know what they are 🙂