So… we’re one month in to 2019. How did you do? Were you able to set some practical goals? Are you following the Church calendar with us as a discipline for your personal growth and discipleship? Have you considered your season and whether this is a time you’d like to invite someone else into the journey to help you be as effective in your ministry role as you are able to be?
One of the things I’d like to be more intentional about this year is remembering. I’ve been talking about that a bit in the Simple Epiphany guide and also as I’ve been writing and studying for the upcoming Lent guide. Sisters, we’re SO FORGETFUL! Scripture is full of stories of God’s people and how they FORGOT His works and faithfulness in their lives.
I want 2019 to be different for me. I want to be cultivating an attitude of reflection and remembrance as the Lord leads me through His plan for this year. Sure, I've got some Grace Goals too, but I definitely want to leave room for His higher and better purpose for me. One way I’m going to do that is by reflecting at the end of every month. My hope is to create space for reflection and watch a slow growth of deeper insights pile up in my journal, sort of like Emily P. Freeman does each quarter in her Next Right Thing podcast (which I highly recommend!)
Here’s my top 3 lessons learned in January, in no particular order of importance:
For so long, I’ve been praying for a team to come alongside me in what I do here at Simple Deep Life. I’m better in community. I think we all are, but the Lord has really been speaking that to my heart over the past year. I was gifted a teammate this month, as well as a group of like-minded women who are cheering each other on as we run into our specific callings. It has made ALL the difference in what I develop and how I serve you all.
The wait is worth it. The result is worth the work.
When we moved in to our home 18 months ago, there was a TON of work to be done. It was certainly livable and we were so blessed, but to make it really function for our family we had to embark on a significant renovation of the basement space. I hate renovations with a passion. I get overwhelmed, the mess is incredible, and I can’t see the end result yet. I just see the unending work before me. This month, we finished. We went from open beams, dirty, hanging insulation, and a greasy brown shag carpet to hardwood, beautifully painted drywall, recessed lighting, and a beautiful office space as an added blessing. It was worth it! The result was worth of all the work we put in with the help of generous family and friends.
With God’s strength and enabling power, I can do hard things!
As I’ve settled into this new space to think, work, and coach, I’ve had to adjust significant routines and habits in my life. It’s not been easy and I’ve been quickly discouraged. It’s been hard not to listen to the voices in my head that tell me “You can’t do this. You’re not doing a good job. It won’t work.” Praise God, with His strength and the accountability of those teammates that He’s gifted to me, I have been able to stay consistent and lean in to where He is leading me in this ministry.
How about YOU? What reflections do you have from this past month? Would you like to build this into your 2019, as I have chosen to do? It’s amazing what happens when we pause and reflect; when we look back before stepping into the next thing. What would happen if you paused to look back on all that the Lord had done and looked for themes He is building into your daily, weekly, and monthly life? Might you be better equipped to pursue the next steps He is leading you towards?
I made you all a little something! Click here to download a FREE 2-page Pause and Reflect worksheet to use each month. Print a bunch and keep them in a folder! Then you’ll have them ready each month. Check back here for a monthly reflection post at the end of the month and let’s be intentional together in 2019!