It is very difficult for me to believe we are at the end of 2006. I have not begun to get used to writing 2000 for goodness sake. As we say in our house, tempus is fugiting.
This next week, I will be spending time in the Word and prayer asking God for what He would have me do in the coming year. I have found that far better than writing down what I should do (as if I didn't know I have put on an extra twenty pounds!!). I will most likely write down the usual suspects: exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables, get my bg levels down from the stratosphere (blood glucose levels for those not living with diabetics), and make more attempts to wake up earlier so I can have a longer quiet time. That is difficult to do when it is cold and dark in the mornings.
This year I want to make my real goals for 2007 in the same way I made them for 2006...spending time with the Lord. This last year found us making a major change due to God giving me the desires of my heart...a home of my own again. Along with that, I knew He was calling me to getting my house in order...literally. I was in a place now where I didn't have to expect another move so it was time to unpack everything.
God knows our weaknesses, He didn't call me to do this in one week. It has taken an entire year. First I had to literally unpack and find places for everything from the furniture, to clothing, to kitchen items, to garden tools...everything. Then I took a quite a long time (months) going through all my papers and files to get them in order and put in the correct place in our file cabinet. I have reorganized our bookshelves, our bedroom, and now everything (that is my responsibility) in the garage storage areas. It took an entire year and I just made it in the last week of the calendar!
He didn't ask me to travel to far places, or run a marathon, or anything else that wouldn't have made sense. He just asked me to get my house in order, that very thing which will make my life easier on a day to day basis.
So...I will be spending time with Him in the coming week to ask what He wants me to do this coming year. Some things are obvious, like refining what I've already done to get organized and trying even harder to keep on budget. He knows what next year will bring all of us so He knows what we will need...what skills need to be learned, what habits need to be dropped from our life, what changes need to be made, where we need to step out beyond our comfort zones, and even...that we need to eat more vegetables.