Oh hey, welcome to 2014!

As I reflect back on the past year, I realize that my blogging career probably won’t be taking off anytime soon… That being said, I would like to start blogging more and have made it a goal to blog at least twice a month.  We’ll see how that goes… So along with a new year comes some updates!

I believe that I shared our new website before. We have both been blogging over on that side as well as our new Hubpages site. Our goal is to slowly create a larger and larger web presence. We’ve also been adding to our Youtube, tumblr, twitter, and Facebook accounts.

So here’s what I’m thinking for the new year. To make it better, I have goals set.  They’re small daily goals as opposed to really huge ones, though.  I saw a create idea for calendar check lists that basically gives you a visual to motivate you to complete small things each day.  I have one for 15 minutes each of language learning, quiet time, exercising, and working on music.  I also have plans to blog more, read more, create more, and promote more.  I’m also doing a month long health challenge with some friends that Adam and I did last year. I’m pretty stoked for it! All this productivity means less time for time wasting!

So while of course taking care of my body and becoming fluent in Japanese (ha!) are important, my spiritual life is definitely of greatest importance and one of the parts of my life that I have tried to take the most time to reflect on this year.  One of the verses I have been reflecting on as I begin the new year is 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  Then today I read a couple of things that I really want to take in to the new year with me. The first is from Matthew 11:27-30.  Three sections that seem kind of disconnected when read on the surface are really well connected when taken deeper.  The first discusses things being hidden from the wise and revealed to children.  The second discusses knowing God through Jesus.  These contrast head and heart knowledge of God.  While both important, heart knowledge is necessary for the third part, which is coming to Jesus completely openly where He offers to give us peace and rest. But until we are willing to drop our pretensions and assumed knowledge of him, until we can come to Him like children, we won’t be able to fully come to Him.

Speaking of dropping pretensions, I read a great post today by John Piper, “Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses.”  It encouraged me to drop the facade of strength that I have so that I can fully allow Christ to work His plan through my problems and weaknesses. That’s good for me to remember.  One of these days I’ll get it. Anyways, have a great New Year!

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4 thoughts on “Oh hey, welcome to 2014!

  1. Denene Palmer

    Thanks for sharing the Piper article. It’s message and teaching are so powerful, so anti-culture where we are to emphasize our strength and minimize our weaknesses, but it IS only through our weaknesses that we are truly made strong. It is only when we identify and embrace our weaknesses that we can truly understand the sovereignty of God and the total depravity of man. Then, and only then, can we summit ourselves to God’s authority.

    I will be praying for the spiritual goals that you have shared in your blog. Have a very blessed 2014. Love you, Sweetie.

  2. lesliealegria

    While I’m not a very religious person, the article you linked provides an enlightening perspective that I think a lot of people can learn from.

    We beat ourselves up so much sometimes for the things we can’t do well. I do think that effort should be given to trying to improve upon those things, but not to the extent that it is detrimental to our psyche. The idea of exploiting my long term weaknesses has definitely given me a fresh perspective on how I might go about accomplishing my goals.

    Thanks, love!

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