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What will people know about you when they look at the goals that you set for yourself?

 

Can I take a moment to say how much I love about Miss Ruth’s post?  Ruth, Lori and I first encountered each other working on a prayer web site.  We loved the idea of bring prayer to women in all walks of life.

As so often happens in life, things changed and we were less happy.  Sure, we exchanged some whiny e-mails.  We loved working together and we didn’t want that to change!   But we didn’t just fuss, we created this blog.  We created what we wanted.

If you live in the US like we do, today is July 4th.  Independence Day.  Our Founding Fathers, flawed and frail as we all are, had a vision.  They set goals.  They made things happen?

What is it that you want out of life right now?  I’d love to see the top of my desk.  I’d really like to know where my favorite yoga pants are (hint: there’s a super full basket of clean clothes in the laundry room).  And if my behind took up less space that would be glorious.  But just posting about it isn’t go to make any of things into reality.  So I’m going to quit typing, fold laundry (ugh), sort some papers and recycle, and then walk and row.  God has given us many opportunities.  Very often it is up to us to put things in motion!

–SueBE

2016 — the year that was. It’s practically played out, virtually put to bed. Maybe it was a great year for you (Cubs fans), but for me it was largely a crapfest. We lost some good people, and I don’t mean just the famous ones. I lost three of my beloved cats. I lost my friend Mary. I am worried about the future when I look upon the wreckage of the past.

But enough about what is practically last year. We’ve got a whole new one stretching in front of us, and lots of people are doing lots of thinking about what might happen in it…or what they hope might happen.

Think about 2016 as a suitcase. You’ve arrived home. What do you want to take out of your suitcase and discard, and what would you like to carry on into 2017? Sure, most of us would like to stuff our suitcases with money, but realistically, unless we all hit the lottery simultaneously, that’s probably not going to happen. So deal with what you’ve already got packed: your job, your relationships, and — most importantly — your spirituality.

I would like to unpack lingering bitterness toward others. It’s heavy, and it’s weighing me down. I would also like to unpack the past…not forget about it, but stop feeling the sting of regret. I would like to add to my suitcase hope, focus and direction, especially vis-à-vis my relationship with God. I’d like to know that I’m on the right path, that I’m heading toward God in the most direct way possible. Inasmuch as a person can know her intended purpose on earth, I’d like to know that I’m at least hovering nearby it.

I’ve got a few things for your suitcases, too. I wish you peace of mind and heart. I wish you honest conversations and open hearts. I wish you closer family ties and better days ahead.

And you? What will you pack in your suitcase? What are you willing to leave behind? Are you certain you need everything you’ve packed? Or are you willing to walk into the new year with an empty bag, and wait for God to fill it? Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best in 2017.

 

 

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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