New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Every year people have a New Years resolution, but do they always follow through? Typically those resolutions fade within a month or two. But be the best version of yourself, be happy, be incredible, be yourself.

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1. Go to the gym daily

2. Eat healthy

3. Never lose motivation

4. Do what makes you happy

5. Do not regret anything

6. Do not worry what people think

7. Travel

8. Take advantage of all opportunities

9. Go after what you want

10. Be your own person

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.

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Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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A New Year's Resolution MUST

Okay... I know you're all thinking, "Really? We just got through Christmas and you're going to talk about New Year's Resolutions?!?"... I know it's soon but I really really wanted to share with you something I did during December that I think everyone needs to do at least once or twice a year, so give me 5 minutes and I promise it will be worth your time :)

Normally I find the Instagram adds annoying, and kind of freaky how they know what I was just thinking about 20 minutes beforehand. But last month I found a link to Harper and Willow 25 Days of Kindness Cards. I was curious and they sucked me in so I checked it out. The description from the website is "This project is so special to me as it exemplifies the importance of kindness. Each card has a unique phrase so that you can share with the ones you love most and the strangers you encounter everyday." I was hooked. Whipped out the credit card and placed that order faster than the add popped up on my feed.

Those of you that know me or have read some of my articles know that my favorite quote is "Do small things with great love" by the AMAZING Mother Teresa. And these 25 Days of Kindness cards were right up my alley! I think I checked my email three times a day to see if there was an update on the shipment & delivery date I was so excited. So as I'm sure you guessed, I got right to it the day they came.

Small things with great love... that's exactly what these cards are all about. Each one had a different saying on it like "You are special to me," "You look ______ today!" "Time spent with you is time well spent." Little sayings like that, all different... small little affirmations that can make someone's day. I am a firm believer that you never know what someone is going through. So the smallest act of kindness, like a smile or holding the door can mean the world to someone and holds the potential to completely change their day.

I made a list of all the different cards and set out to decide the best cards for each person. But it was harder than I thought and soon realized that I would need waaaay more than 25 cards to reach and thank all of the incredible people in my life. Each card was so unique that it truly caused me to stop and really reflect on the importance and impact of each person in my life, an activity that was much needed.

With each card, I put in a little square of paper with a kindness quote and the day out of 25, with the hopes of spreading a little sprinkle of kindness with every card.

Now, I by no means am saying that the only way you can do this is with the 25 cards that I bought from Harper and Willow, but I really really encourage you to try a similar activity this new year of 2019. Take the time to reflect on the impact the people around you have on your life, on the person you are today, and the person you will be tomorrow. And let them know! Take the time to thank them, or to remind them how much they mean to you or how much you love them. Write a letter, send a text, take a picture or make a phone call. Do it once at the beginning of the year and maybe again at the end? Or another time in the middle?

No matter what you do, let those around you know how much you love them and remember how much you are loved. Spread kindness and do "small acts with great love."

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

-Gab

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