Today my Target list was two items: a tripod and a cord for my tablet. I came home with headphones, a vegan cookbook, and a bag of gluten-free pretzels. I got distracted by all the new things I discovered and forgot about my list. As missionaries, each time my husband and I come to the States, it’s easy to walk into a store we don’t have in Belize and fall into a “we have to get that” mentality. After all, we deserve a treat now and then, don’t we? Don’t I? That attitude is a slippery slope leading to overspending and feeling lethargic from eating foods my body rebels against consuming.
Preparing for the New Year
As I head into 2023, what do I need to remember? Perhaps, the new year isn’t the best time for a new thing? Maybe it’s better to get away from the distractions to pray, fast, and listen. Most new things are challenging and take a lot of practice to implement. Having a directive from God makes it easier to comply. Seventeen years ago, God called us onto the mission field, so when times are hard, I remind myself that this is His plan, so He will provide.
Do You Want to Get Well?
I asked this question at the beginning of 2022. As I fight through one symptom after another, my food options lessen, and I play an active role in my healing. I have to get up, pick up my mat, and daily walk through the challenge of being gluten-free and vegan. As this year comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve survived. Think about the things you’ve celebrated. Remember those moments of insight and the gifts of clarity God graciously presented to you.
We Deserve a Treat
For some of us, surviving, breathing, and taking each day as it comes is a significant accomplishment. Let’s treat ourselves to a time of delighting in the Lord. (Psalm 37:4) We can make a gratitude list of all He’s allowed us to experience. Life is a treat, a precious gift, directly from the hands of our loving Lord. Let’s walk boldly into the new year with hands and hearts wide open, ready to receive 2023 and all God has planned!