Everyone, it seems, has been putting up their “best and worst of
2005” lists this week … best books … best movies … worst
disasters … worst gaffes … etc. I thought I would post the most
helpful changes I made in my life last year.
First, last year I read a book by Hank Hanegraaff, The Prayer of Jesus,
and, using what I had learned, started praying after the pattern of the
Lord’s Prayer in my quiet time. Although I have been having quiet times
for 27 years, since I was first born again, praying the Lord’s Prayer
revolutionized my relationship with Jesus. I became more acutely aware
of His presence with me throughout the day, in a greater and deeper way
than I had previously known.
Second, I went on an almost two-week detox diet,
which greatly improved my health. It enabled me to learn that I was
gluten intolerant. I
have since learned how destructive gluten can be to a person’s long
term health, if they are intolerant and don’t know it, so I am grateful
to have found out before any permanent damage was done (hopefully).
Other detox benefits include increased energy and stamina, better rest
at night, better nutritional absorption, and weight loss: I lost 45
pounds in 2005. Yay!!
I started buying organic groceries. We have for years only practiced
organic gardening, but whatever we bought from the store was
conventionally grown or raised. Buying only organic eliminates many
toxins from our food, thus our bodies, so we hope to reap more health
benefits by not over-taxing our livers. Plus, organic food tastes
better. Everyone who comes to our house comments on how much better our
milk and produce tastes than the milk and produce they have at home. 🙂
Fourth, I worked on
exercising more discipline in many different areas of my life, with
mixed results. I have always been a disciplined person, but when my
children were little I learned to “go with the flow” in so many areas
of my life, since maintaining all the disciplines I had pre-kids was
simply impossible post-kids. But the last of the children living at
home moved out in 2005, and there was no reason for me to not return to
my former disciplines. How hard that was surprised me, after all those
years of being so flexible.
I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. Seeing
that list in front of me, with everything that needs to change in my
life, inspires a sense of dread rather than optimism most of the time.
I used to be a perfectionist, so falling into the perfect
accomplishment of works trap is easy for me, and I have to watch
myself. It is better for me, rather than arm myself with a list at the
beginning of the year, to really listen for the Lord’s voice on a daily
basis, and set as my goal for the day that which He has charged me with
for that day. Changes still come, but they are more measured, more
wrought by the Holy Spirit working in me and through me, thus more
permanent, and less hard on my family, LOL.