I want to live more simply this year. I want to buy less stuff. It is soooo easy to get drawn into all of the internet deals, especially when my email inbox is inundated with sales and coupons. I have been deleting them immediately and moving on. Because we don't NEED anything! We are so blessed, and God has blessed us with all of our needs as well as wants this year. I'm striving to make use of all of the things we already have and make use of free resources, like the public library! My goal is by next Christmas it won't be such a habit to want to buy everything that seems like a good deal. I want to be "content in every circumstance."
My word for this year is Contentment. Not only do I want to be content with my material possessions, but I want to be content in my relationships. I have so much to be thankful for, even in the "not so cheery" moments of life. I read "One Thousand Gifts" this year by Ann Voskamp, with my Bible study group, and it was a game changer. I am learning to give thanks no matter what, for that is when the miracle happens...
I don't want to make a whole list of New Year's resolutions this year. I know I need to eat better and exercise more, who doesn't? But I've been learning that working on the heart and trying to make it match up with the heart of Jesus is what leads to true health, and the rest can follow.
How about you, have any New Year's resolutions or words for the year that you want to share?