Happy January friends!! I hope y'all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's! I can assure you that Browns did :).
I am back to work today, trying to remember normal life and it is hard! I could not sleep last night as I am used to staying up late and sleeping in after my long vacation. I started thinking about what I should post about today, and the Lord pressed this on my heart.
January 1st - the resolutions start coming out and they are loud!
"Get more organized"
"Make 5 dinners a week"
"Be a better wife"
...and so on.
I hate resolutions. Resolutions can be so negative. Most people, take this time to look at their life and focus on what they do not like or where they are failing. Now, there is nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself, as long as it is for the right reasons.
What if we accepted that we are perfect as we are and made a resolution to be content with that? I am not saying to give up on your life or accept the things you are not happy with, but to make a resolution to love you are you are right now before you make a resolution to change you.
Yes, you may need to lose weight to be healthier or be a better example to your children (I am in that boat like woah!), but do you really want to put all your faith in that weight loss that you will be a better person?? Or you may need to be more organized and not feel like a bad mom or wife (or girlfriend or co worker), but do you really believe that not being late again or forgetting something is going to prove your self worth to anyone? I am saying that we need to first be CONTENT with us now before we make changes. Because let me tell you friends, if you are not happy with YOU, there will never be enough weight to lose or planners to write in to make you feel any better!
We all play this game of "if I do this, I will be able to this". But we have to find the happiness with ourselves first to to be able to anything and everything! The Lord made you perfect. Say that out loud: The Lord made ME perfect. Don't let any one person or number on the scale or anything take that from you. You are beautiful as you are right now. If you don't believe it or feel that, fix that first....and I promise everything else will fall into place, pinky swear! Love yourself and your flaws, because right now with those flaws and imperfections, you are living January 2nd, 2013 for the only time ever. Don't waste this day, or season, wishing you were something else or looked a different way. As we have all learned watching wives lose their husbands and parents lose their babies lately, this is the only today we will ever have. Don't waste it.
This is how the Lord intended it and He will help you get where you need to be as long as you are putting your faith in Him to do it.
I am not saying I do not have resolutions. I, too, need to love myself more and not worry about the fact that I gained a lot of my weight back after losing it this time last year. I work a ton these days, and I still struggle with the work life balance. I also have a hard time keeping up with this blog and keeping it fun and not another thing on my to do list at times. But, I am not making a list of three resolutions this year, I have one. And it is a prayer...
Dear Lord, help me be a better me. Help me see how you made me beautiful and perfect in Your eyes. Be with me as I make my everyday decisions that hurt how I feel about myself. Whether it is the meal I choose to eat or the event I didn't say no to, show me the way I am to live this one life You have given me. Take all these worries and burdens off my shoulders and show me all my blessings and what I have to be thankful. You have given me this wonderful life and please let me see it as beautiful as it really is. I know Lord that with Your help, I will be able to see the changes that are needed to live an even fuller life. With Your help, I will be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, etc. Please show me the way.
So are you with me?? Let's make contentment the new bubble necklace and be happy, beautiful women! Y'all. We cannot do this alone. We need other supportive women and most of all, the Lord. I know I am going to have bad days and will need the support. The most wonderful thing is, we are NEVER alone. NEVER.
Love you to pieces!