Wednesday, 31 December 2014

No New Year Resolutions? - A Dose of Encouragement 53


Are we thinking about the end of a year?

Are we thinking about the preparation for a new year?


Yes because let's face it, all of us will have something in our minds about the new year.

It may not be resolutions as such and with me it definitely isn't but I still have some kind of plans and hopes and thoughts going through my mind as to how I want to do certain things during the year but then on the other hand I also have loads of things that I should have thought about more in advance for 2015.

However regardless of how organised or unorganised I may be throughout the year to come will that make any significant difference to God's plan for me for this year?

No

because His plan does not depend on my organised life or even my organised thoughts but I believe He is waiting to see whether or not I will be obedient to His Word and His Spirit prompting me day by day.

Let's see 

Where am I writing this post?   

When am I writing this post?


I am writing this today, New Years Eve in the late afternoon while I wait in Currys Electrical Store in Sprucefield, NI for my husband to pay for a item we have just picked out in the sale.

I will not be able to post this until sometime this evening after I get home, get internet connection and get this finished and edited.

Other things will be more important and need to be done before I get back to this.
I may even have to wait until after we have our dinner although my plan would be to do this earlier.
But will it make a lot of difference whether it is posted before dinner or after?

No

because again God's plan does not depend on my great organised efforts or plans but solely on whether or not I am obedient to Him even today.

So I do wish everyone a


but I do not have any New Year Resolutions

nor have I made any of those lists that I love to make.

This year I do want to be more organised, I do want to be more prepared in advance for events but I really want to be more open to listening and obeying.

I am writing something I feel is important for me and for others to be encouraged knowing that each year, month, week, day are not governed by how well we organise them or plan for them but by God's Love and Grace and Mercy extended in each one of them.

I am writing so that we can be encouraged that God's plan for the year ahead is not going to succeed or fail because of us but rather that we will be enriched by our participation in His Plan when we are simply obedient to Him.

So this year 

no New Year Resolutions for me!

no Lists and Plans in advance for me!

just a prayer



Maybe you want the same thing in this New Year.








25 comments:

  1. Just a prayer... isn't that enough?
    Blessings to you!

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  2. I like this! I already have some life goals I am working w/ but like you I skipped the resolutuons this year. I am instead working on a yearly "theme" of gratefulness, and trying to find something to be grateful for on a daily basis :)

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    1. Hi Lauren, I did 100 days of Happiness in pictures last year and I'm sure you will enjoy doing a gratefulness theme this year.

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  3. So awesome..... God's plan is always fulfilled! God Bless and Happy New Year :)

    Thank you for linking up to the New Year Resolutions & Goals #linkup. I shared your post on StumbleUpon and Pinterest!

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    1. Hi Michelle, nice to see you here as well as on facebook. Thanks for the sharing and stumbling and a Happy New Year to you - and a busy blogging one.

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  4. Wow! That is amazing. I am definitely a list maker. Typically I have a whole list of goals on December 31st that I want to accomplish in the new year. This year, I haven't made that list, yet. I still plan to, but I am taking a much longer time to write it out, and really figure out what I want to accomplish this year instead of listing out every change I want to make in the future. My hope is that taking a little longer to think through the goals, I will also be able to come up with action steps in order to accomplish the goals. It is easy for me to say "eat healthier" but if I don't have any ways to eat healthier (like drinking more water or eating a salad every day) I won't really get to where I want to be. Cheers to listening in 2015!

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    1. All the best with thinking through your plans carefully throughout the year.

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  5. Well said, Sandra, so true. Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you Roxanne and I have to say I enjoy the link up.

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  6. I really loved your post. I just wrote a post on setting goals and would love to get your prospective at deloracares.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Delora, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I did click over to see your post but was somewhat confused at you asking for my perspective on it as it is an excerpt from a book you have written so you would not really require anything from me regarding it. Also my post is not about goals or resolutions.

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  7. I chose my one word: MORE, for this very reason...I want more of His plans to direct my life this year.

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  8. I think you are well organized to begin your post on your (I-pad) or pad of paper. I used to take a tablet with me when ever I had to wait and write or at least begin new posts. I haven't selected a word for 2015, but I see some interesting words out there. Neither have I made any resolutions, although I should make some health wise. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell me a story." I am a bargain shopper too, and love those sales.

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  9. I quit setting New Year's resolutions several years ago and just started praying for inspiration to come up with doable solutions to problems that I wanted to fix as I went along. They're much longer laster because they're born in prayer and applied as needed ;). Happy New Year!

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  10. Great prayer and great plans for your new year! LIsten to God's voice and stay tuned for his whispers in your life. Prayers for your success!

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  11. love this... as a super unorganized person I am so grateful God's will does not rely on my organization!

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  12. My one word is content. I want to be focused on being thankful for everything God has given me, and quit my bad habit of complaining. Thank you for sharing the beautiful prayer that we may listen and act when God wants us to. I hope you have a lovely day!

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  13. So very true what you say Sandra! We can overplan and prepare so much and not have the time to do God's will. Very good encouragement. Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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  14. "Just" a prayer? Oh girl, that is powerful and God will work through it this year!

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  15. I never did understand the reason for making resolutions for the new year since every day starts a new year. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  16. It makes more sense to make some resolutions on your birthday!

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