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ByJennifer A. Janes

New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions very much. For me, they usually end in failure. Then I compare myself to my Facebook and Twitter friends who seem to be rocking theirs, and I feel even worse. I think I’ve figured out what’s wrong with my resolutions: they all focus on less.

 

New Year's Resolutions for Moms - Jennifer A. Janes on Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

 

In the past, my resolutions have been something like this:

  • This year, I will work on weighing less.
  • I will spend less this year.
  • I will eat less (in general) and less sugar, chips, etc. (in particular).
  • I will spend less time on social media.
  • I will compare myself to others less. (Okay, maybe that’s one to keep.)
  • I will watch less TV.

 

Instead of all the focus on what I shouldn’t be doing, what if I decided to make resolutions that focused on more?

 

  • This year, I will spend more time reading books that feed my soul.
  • I will spend more time playing with and enjoying my kids this year.
  • I will spend more time being thankful for what I have instead of spending money on things that leave me—and my bank account—empty.
  • I will be more attentive to my husband and children when they talk to me.
  • I will connect with friends and family more (phone calls and letters, not texts and social media).
  • I will take care of myself: get more sleep, make wise choices in what I eat, watch, and read, and do things that feed my need to be creative (crochet, sew, write, paint).

 

When I look at those two lists, I definitely prefer the second one. Who doesn’t want more instead of less? But what’s even more important than how we phrase our resolutions or goals, or choose one word for the year, is that we spend time with God, reading His Word, praying, and asking Him what His plans are for us for 2015. If we fail to do this first, then all of our plans for the new year are bound to fail.

 

Despite feeling like we have to do so much on our own, we’re really not in this mothering thing alone. God is with us every step of the way, and He has great plans for us and for our children. We just need to stay close to Him, seeking Him every step of the way and letting Him help us through each day of 2015, and every day after that.

 

ByAngie

Starting The Year Off Right – Goals, Resolutions, Spontaneity, & The Will Of God

I’m sure everywhere you turn lately you are seeing & hearing the words “resolutions”, “goals”, “plans”, and other similar phrases.

Like me, you may have issues with resolutions but not goals or plans. Maybe you do like resolutions and they actually work for you. Perhaps you are also like me and really don’t find them any different, but just try to make yourself feel better by calling them goals and plans instead of resolutions. 😉 (My opinion is a checklist by any other name is still a checklist, no matter what label you put on it. )

 

Starting The Year Off Right

There is nothing wrong with grabbing the opportunity by the tail and starting off fresh to break habits, create new routines, and change things for the better. The key is to stick with it, fight for it, and to just flat-out make it happen. There’s also nothing wrong with just living spontaneously, as long as it is in the Will of God. (Does that make sense? Because it makes sense to me…) For myself, I need to make some changes. I’m out of shape, out of routine, and tired of falling behind. I’ll share more about this next week, but I’m starving for some organization and need a plan. Desperately.

Over the month of January, a few of us here at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven will be sharing with you some things that God has laid on our hearts for 2014. Some of these posts will be our personal goals, others a vision we have for our communities, the church, and families. We also hope to help you start on the right foot by suggesting some scriptures, tips, products, and services that can help you along the way.

2014 is full of so much promise and hope. Before we know it, we’ll be asking where it went. So let’s do our best to make it count for God. James 4:14 tells us that life ” is even a vapor”, and that we are arrogant should we assume that we are guaranteed tomorrow… So don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do for God today. (Preaching to myself here, people. Not gonna lie. But I’ll get into that more in the coming weeks.) With or without that list for the year in hand, the only way to be is in the Will of the Lord. (Still preaching to myself…)

 

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We are also going to be changing a few things here on our blog. Not major massive changes, but some things will be going and other things coming. Let us know what you’d like to see more of, less of, and what you just really don’t want to hear about anymore. 😉

Now, what about you? Do you think all of the oohs and aahs that goes with January 1st are worth it, or a waste of time? Have you sat down with a checklist, planner, pen, and coffee, or does the idea of just flying through the year by the seat of your pants excite you? We’d love to hear about it, especially since we’re all split down the middle. 😉

ByAngie

New Year’s Revelations

It’s that time of year again! You know, the time where we all claim we’re going to be healthier, exercise everyday, more organized, you name it.

I am SO sick of making resolutions. This year? I’m calling them Revelations.

It has been revealed to me, through prayer, that I need to make these changes for myself in the coming year:

  • More time in prayer. There can never be enough.
  • Achieve healthy living. Not just talking about it. And not just for the month of January.
  • Create a schedule and live an organized life that is meant for me and my family, not someone else. What works for other families is great, but our family is unique, therefore we need something to fit us.
  • Use my crock pot more.
  • Read more books.
  • Hang out with friends more often.

And there you have it! One plan I have for New Year’s Day is a New Year’s Day Planning  Retreat as posted by Erin Odom over at Keeper Of The Home. I read this blog post last week and knew instantly that this is something that would be helpful to me.

What are you doing differently this year? What are you doing to achieve the goals and make it different than years past?