2014…A Year for Health and Peace

Adios 2013.

I am so happy to say goodbye to you.  You were full of many trials and some triumphs but mostly trials.  I am happy to see you go and ready for a new year.

It is so funny that there is something magical about January 1.  In reality, it is just another day.  I am not sure why we all feel renewed and ready to tackle anything.  I guess it is because we feel like we get a fresh start.  We get one more chance to make it right.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

I for one am so thankful for second chances.  I had big plans last year.  Last year was going to be MY year.  I am not sure when the downfall happened…I think it was after the school year started and I got very busy/stressed.  My workouts practically stopped and my eating badly started.  That combination is pretty deadly!

I am having a super hard time today deciding what I want 2014 to be about.  I know a few things, but for me, there is an overall sense of what I want the year to be about.  I posted it on Instagram last night:

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart

Hold that thought for a second while we have story time!

Here is a story of a girl who decided to let go and let God…

Once, back in 2000, there was this girl named Jennifer.  She had recently come out of a very abusive relationship, broke off an engagement, and decided to stop turning from God.  She had been “doing her own thing” for a year or so and found herself in a mess!  She decided instead of turning from God, she would follow Him and listen to Him completely in her life and in her relationships.  God made it very clear to her that if she would stop trying to do things on her own, and let Him handle them, mighty things would happen.  So, reluctantly, Jennifer stopped dating and gave her relationships to God to handle.

She was a new teacher and had a lot to learn so dating wasn’t really much of a priority of hers anyway.  She focused her time and energy on her job, friends, and just relaxing and getting to know God better and walk with Him again.

Fast forward to the summer of 2001.  She had just finished her first year teaching and was starting to feel anxious about not dating and praying God was NOT calling her to be single the rest of her life!

She was sitting on her back deck at her apartment complex looking out over the pond and just enjoying the summer day.  God showed her quite vividly a picture of her, in a wedding dress, getting married.  She was overjoyed that He did not in fact wish her to be single forever and once again rested in the fact that He would bring about the right person for her!

Several days later, Jennifer met Jason.  It was a divine appointment that he even came into her life the way he did (another story for another day).

Four months later, she called him one of her best friends and six months later, they began dating.

Jason and Jennifer are Friends

Two and a half years later, Jason asked Jennifer to marry him

A year after that, the promise from Jesus came true and they were married.

She waited on God and He brought her the perfect person.

Magical things happen when we quit trying to do it all ourselves and let God take care of things!

Back to the verse for this year:

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

That is really my goal for 2014.  I want to delight myself in the Lord and ask Him what he wants from me and my life.  Apparently, I have tried for two years now to do things my way.  That didn’t work out for me.

Also, I am tired.  I am tired of worrying and stressing about getting to goal.  I am tired of worrying and stressing about having babies.  I am tired of worrying and stressing about being the best blogger.  So, I am going to give it God.  I am going to let Him worry about those things and make me into what He wants me to be.

Now, I would be foolish to think that it is going to just miraculously happen.  You see, the main part of the verse is “Delight Yourself in the Lord.”  If I do not do my part, he can’t do His.  So, my goal for this year is two part:

Part One:  How I will Delight Myself in the Lord:

  • Spend more time with Him.  I plan to read more devotionals, journal more, and pray more.
  • Be regular Church Attenders.  We always get so much out of church when we go and I think that is crucial for our spiritual life.
  • Constantly ask HIM what he would like for my life.  No more seeking my way but His.

Part Two:  What are the Desires of My Heart:

  • To be a mom God knows that this is my biggest heart desires.  He also has a plan.  I don’t know His plan but I am trusting that in His time, He will make a miracle baby in me.  I sure hope it is this year!
  • To be healthy – I want to be healthy.  I am not putting a number on the scale or a timeline on myself.  I just want to be healthy and feel healthy.  Right now, I feel gross and unhealthy.  I want to be healthy and I really think I need God’s help to stay focused and on track with my eating.
  • To inspire others – God has big plans for this blog this year.  I just know it.  I do all of this to inspire others to live their best life.  I can’t wait to see where He takes this blog this year.

The desires of my heart are more or less my requests of God.  HE already knows them but I think it will be cool to be able to look back on this year and see how He blesses me when I follow Him more closely.

I still plan to make monthly goals to keep me on track and focused but I really just want to relax more this year and just follow Him.  I really believe in my heart that when that happens, BIG things will come.  This could be quite simply my best year EVER!

What are your plans for the new year?  How are you going to make this year YOUR best year EVER?


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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.