The above picture was taken by me off the coast of St. Thomas this past December. Matthew and I took a much needed vacation, and it gave us both time to relax, reflect, and renew.
As the sun set on 2023, and 2024 rolled in, I began to take a really close look at my life. 2023 had brought my 70th trip around the sun, and for some reason I’d been in a funk for months. I knew I’d “let myself go” for quite awhile, and all my attempts to get things back on track had failed.
New Year’s Day 2024 started as most days in my life with my morning devotion, and time with God. As I wrote in my journal that morning, and spoke with God, He and I made a plan for my life. I wrote down my goals for 2024, and I committed them to Him, and prayed over them that morning.
One of my goals was to be healthier in 2024, and with the help of my oldest granddaughter, I’m doing that. She created a workout plan for me using the equipment Matthew and I have collected over the years. I workout five days a week. The other two days are “rest” days, but I still either walk, do yoga, or some other form of low impact activity, because I know I need to. The fact that my granddaughter took the time and trouble to develop a plan for me, is the reason I know I will keep it up!
Additionally, I’m eating mindfully now, and not just munching away on junk and having second and third helpings at meals just because I can. God and I had a deep discussion on my addiction to food, and my seeming inability to control it. I was a full-blown “food-a-holic”! I turned my problem completely over to Him on New Year’s Day, and with His help I am no longer snacking in the evening nor over-eating at meals. Once I finish supper (aka dinner), I don’t eat again until the next morning – usually 12-13 hours.
Another goal I set was to blog at least once per month – so get ready to read y’all, because this will be the first of many blogs in 2024. I’ve handwritten several over the past year, but just never sat down and posted them, so I have NO EXCUSE. I never had an excuse – I just got lazy.
Publishing my memoir about growing up in Hanahan, SC, when it was a small town, is another goal for this year. So keep an eye out for that! I’ll also start serious work on the novel that’s been cooking in my brain for several years.
Last, and by no means least, I’m having deeper conversations with God, and diving deeper into the Word this year.
If I can get my act together, then anyone can. God is ALWAYS with us, and He is willing and able to help us do whatever it is that we need and want to do. Just ask Him.
See you next time,