Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NEW YOU - NEW YEAR

This time of year we hear more about people wanting to get in shape than any other time.  We hear about new year's resolutions, and how soon people will break them.  It's sort of similar to how we want to keep the joy and happiness of the Christmas season in our hearts for the whole year through.  Afterall, isn't that what our Christmas cards say?

What could be so difficult - trying to keep a promise to yourself - to live better, to take care of yourself better, to share joy with one another?  

Here's what I'm going to do about this.  I've shared my journey to better health with you through this blog.  That's where I began.  No new year's resolution for me.  I resolved to want to get in shape, keep a promise to myself, live better, and take care of myself better on June 20, 2014.   I began then. When it came time to turn over the calendar to a new year's goal, I had a head start on mine.

What I want to know is what are you waiting for?  I watched as a lady who could hardly move, make her way across the floor with her trainer.  I watched her make a great effort to walk step by step on the treadmill.  She is starting somewhere - so can you.  The idea is to keep moving, whatever you do.  Just keep moving.

And when I signed my Christmas card, hoping the Christmas spirit would be with us all year long, I knew the joy within me was ready to soar.  As I keep moving, each day through the winter months, I hope the joy I feel within will be visible to others.  I don't have to sign a card to hope for joyful days, for I know my joy comes from Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Did you wish that Christmas would last a long time?  What are you doing to make that happen?

There are two new additions to my daily walk that you might like to check out.  One is a daily devotion by Sarah Young, "Jesus Calling - Enjoying Peace in His Presence."  How enjoyable it is to read as though it was Jesus talking to me (and you if you decide to use this devotional!)  There is a blog I am following, too, by Dr. Kathy Koch, "Hope for the future, equipping the present."  I would recommend this also.

I have been drinking a lot of tea lately.  It has been colder than cold here, and along with my afghan, a hot cup of tea is the only thing that can warm me till the temperature rises to a more comfortable level.  Some of my favorites are Republic of Tea's Downton Abbey teas, and Tea Forte.

Thanks for reading my post.  Have a happy new you in the new year.  May you be filled with joy all year through!


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