“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” – Isaiah 43:19
A new thing. A new year. Can you see it?
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. (You might say I don’t believe in making promises I can’t keep, even to myself). I took some time to mull over my “word” for the year, praying about it and hoping to find the one thing to focus on and be reminded of regularly. And I’m still in the process of figuring out just what it looks like in the everyday.
Meanwhile, there are other things I do to prepare for the new year. To begin, I always go to my “junk” email address and begin unsubscribing from just about everything. Even businesses that I like to shop at/receive coupons from, I unsubscribe. It helps remove the temptation to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need.
I purge in other areas as well. That DVD collection, do we really watch all of those? And my clothes? And shoes? Luckily for me, we’ve moved in the past six months, so I’ve already done a TON of purging. But the purging never really ends. So I continue.
There are a few other goals we have this year, loose ones, but I think that’s good. I put way too much pressure on myself if they’re too specific (and then feel like a failure if I don’t wholly succeed).