Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2016!! Thanks to the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly blog linkup.
This week, we’re talking about resolutions and thankfully the topic was left open-ended. If it had just been book-exclusive, my post would have looked something like “Read. Read. Read. As usual.” So… this way will hopefully be more meaningful 🙂
(Some of my resolutions were taken from a marvelous article from last year by Relevant Magazine called “11 Resolutions Everyone Should Consider Making Next Year“.)
What this means: I want to more often put down my phone and my laptop and my book (gasp!) and engage people in conversation that challenges my mind, my heart, and my spirit.
What this doesn’t mean: Wasting time in arguments with people on Facebook. It’s amazing to me how much ignorance can be spewed in that platform. The only thing THAT challenges is my blood pressure 🙂
Instead of wishing I had a different house or etc., I need to work with what I’ve got. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. I’m planning to read Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room, both by Melissa Michaels, to help me along in this resolution.
In the article I mentioned earlier, Jesse Carey says, “It’s easy to pray less when we have lots of things to do, but really, life should work in the opposite way. As Martin Luther once said, ‘I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.’ No matter how busy we become, committing to spend more time praying—even if it’s during our commute, when we’re working out or throughout our day—is a key to growing spiritually.”
I have a very eclectic taste in music – ranging from Brad Paisley to Train to Michael Buble to Rend Collective… and nearly everything in between. Thanks to Amazon Music, I discovered a lot of new music last year and hope to be even more intentional about it in 2016.
I tend to go in spurts with this, but in 2016 – like with everything else I’ve mentioned so far – I want to be intentional about carving out time for this every day. In the past, I’ve gotten overly ambitious in January and burned out quickly but I really like this plan called “Read Through the Bible for Shirkers and Slackers.” I figure I qualify as both 🙂 The reason I like it is that it divides your reading into categories so you’re in a different part of the Bible each day. This helps especially in the rather tedious books like Leviticus where it’s easy for our motivation to fizzle out. Instead of dreading all however-many chapters in Leviticus, you can tough out the one or two you’re reading that day and then know that the next day you’ll be in history instead. Or maybe Poetry. You can download your own plan here: Read Through the Bible for Shirkers and Slackers
I read 250 books last year, according to Goodreads. And yet, I have an entire bookcase full of books – not counting my Kindle – that I haven’t found time to read yet. This needs to change.
We live in a day and age where our opinions and convictions have polarized us against each other. Knowing what you believe and being strong in your convictions is important… but so is seeing the situation from someone else’s perspective and through the eyes of history. There’s a quote that shows up on Facebook periodically – I don’t know who said it but I so very much agree with it. “Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.” Challenging my presuppositions doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll change my mind, but it will (hopefully) give me – at the least – a softer heart toward the marginalized and those with whom I disagree.
Due to some chronic pain that I’ve been fighting for the past two years, I haven’t been able to have people over for dinner as often as I would have liked. I also don’t eat with my husband a lot. While I can’t fix the chronic pain, I can still work toward having one or two close friends over this year for a meal and game night. And in between, I can try to be intentional about eating dinner with my husband.
Confession: I hate water. I really do. I would much rather have my diet coke. But this year I want to get healthy. My brother tells me I need to drink water. My health coach tells me I need to drink water. Even my English-as-a-Second-Language student from Korea tells me I need to drink water. LOL. So… I guess I’ll drink water 🙂
Oh I so want to do this! I have my eye on a couple of festivals and conferences that will be near-ish to me this year, and I’m hoping that more will pop up on my side of the United States next year.
What resolutions have you made for this year? Let me know!