Back to Normal?

Back to Normal?

by Ruth O’Neil

Let’s all give a collective sigh. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over. All we have left is New Year’s. Shortly after that, the kids go back to school and things get back to normal.

But, what is normal?

And who likes normal anyway?

This is the time of year when people begin making all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions. Those resolutions run the gamut of eating healthier, losing weight, making more money, being happier, etc. Before we turn the calendar to remind us that February has come, we will more than likely have forgotten all about those resolutions that seemed so important at the beginning of January.

What about the goals we’ve set that aren’t necessarily resolutions? How far will we get down that list?

There is nothing wrong with making resolutions and setting goals. However, the one element often missing from our plans is God. Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Hmmm… Maybe we should look to Him or at least consult Him on what our plans are.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years about planning – and I do a lot of planning – my plans are not always what God has in mind for me. I have learned that I need to seek His will for my life. When I do that, His plans become my plans. His goals for my life become my goals. Only when I seek Him are we on the same page.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” A future and hope. I’m not sure there is anything that sounds better than that!

So, over the next few days, as the year comes to a close, take time to pray and ask God what He would like for you to accomplish this next year. Write down some of your ideas and lift them up before Him. Once your goals match up with God’s, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in one year.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

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