"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." (2 Chronicles 15:7)
Do you enjoy buying a new planner for the new year? Filling in the empty pages with events, work hours, appointments, and celebrations is refreshing! The blank pages remind us of new opportunities, including scheduling time to be more organized, efficient, and healthy.
If your calendar is like mine, there are also spots to record your goals. There are so many choices for setting goals. Professional goals can include looking for a new job or changing something about your present job. Personal goals might include regular exercise, eating healthy meals, and getting more sleep. Spiritual goals will include something you feel God has been leading you to do which you have not yet accomplished, or an area of your faith which you want to deepen (ie. prayer, bible study, etc.)
Is there something on your heart to accomplish in 2023? If so, take time during this first week of the New Year to reflect on this. Ask yourself questions such as:
What is pressing on your heart which you feel you should do? It does not matter if it's been on your heart for years or days: it is on your heart. Perhaps God has been preparing you to get it accomplished in 2023.
"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." (Psalm 20:4)
Have you been feeling “nudges” from God to do something new? Are you unsure if that is direction from God or just something you are interested in. Maybe God is telling you or “nudging you” that now is the time to start.
"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Does what is on your heart or mind align with God’s Word? Is this something which will honor God and bless others & you?
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)