How about you?
Are you still working towards better? Better choices, better attitudes, better relationships for 2020?
Today, I give you part two of twenty random words of wisdom for 2020! If you missed last week’s post, click here to see the first ten. I pray these truths will keep you climbing and encourage your sweet soul to fight the good fight for 2020. Let make this year the best yet!
11. Make your goals tangible and measurable! If you want to lose weight, in 2020 set the goal of losing 20 pounds this year. If you want a stronger relationship with a loved one, set a target of 20 minutes of uninterrupted time to talk. If you want a closer relationship with God, read your Bible daily for 20 minutes in 2020. This makes your goals easy to remember. Every time you write or type 2020 this year, you will be reminded of your 20 minutes per day towards your goal. Set goals that are tangible and measurable.
12. Don’t be concerned with what others think of you. Honestly, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” (Eleanor Roosevelt) Haha! I have learned most people are busy trying to figure out their own junk to waste time thinking about me or judging me. I am learning to do what God has called me to do. What He thinks of me is what really matters.
13. Please don’t play the comparison game, it is ugly, and bears no winners. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the theft of all joy.” You are unique, created by God for your role. God has given you everything you need to be the hero of your story. Be you. Don’t try to be something you’re not, don’t pretend to be more than you are, just be all God has created you to be.
14. Be willing to change and be willing to choose ‘happy’ in the change. Any living thing changes with time. My body changes, my experiences change, the dynamics of my family unit will change. Even a church-body changes. Change is good because it means something is still living and hopefully, growing. Ladies, we must be able to accept and adjust to the change that is out of our control. We may not get to choose all the swifts in life, but we do get to choose how we will react. Change can make us bitter or better. I say, be willing to change, and learn to choose ‘happy’ in the change. Don’t get stuck. Don’t let bitterness settle in your soul.
15. Choose more family-time and less screen-time. In 2020, I am hoping to choose less tv time, less FB time, less of the mindless idle wasted time. I want more family time. I want to be intentional with my husband, children, and grandkids. I want to be with them, more than a screen. I am setting up a habit to choose more family time, and less screen time.
16. More God, less of everything else. This means flooding my heart and soul with Godly words of worship and prayer. This means more Bible reading and listening to sermon apps. I chose more God, and less of this world.
17. Get up, dress up, show up. (Regina Brett) Show up for your life, ladies. Half the battle is just showing up for your commitments. I know. Sometimes it takes an act of congress to have the home taken care of in order to exit for a little while. It can be complicated, but take time to make it happen. Get up, dress up, and show up for your life.
18. I heard someone once say, “Save some, give some, spend some” when it comes to your money. Save some for a rainy day, give some to God and others and spend some on yourself. I love this balance! It has been a rule of thumb for us through the years.
19. Rest when you need to rest; but don’t quit. Sometimes when you are ready to quit, you just need rest. Before jumping out of a commitment or goal, rest. Go to bed early. Problems do not seem as big once you have had a good night’s rest. New mercies come every morning. “The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore, I have hope in Him.” (NIV)
20. Have a heart of gratitude. Several years ago, I read the book 1000 Gifts by Ann VosKamp. In this book she gave the challenge to list three things you are grateful for everyday. However, every day each thing listed had to be something never listed before. After a year, you will have recorded 1000 new gifts. This habit changed my life. If you are looking for a better year, do this one! I promise, it will change your everything.
I wish you a Happy 2020 as we are moving forward. I hope these truths will help you in your journey. I know they have helped mine.
Blessings sweet Friends! Let’s go have a great year!