HAPPY 2019!!!!!!!

January 1, 2019

Fraidy Cat in her favorite box.

Hey y'all, it's me!

I am happy to report that the projectile vomit, fevers and coughing have left the building, and we are all feeling fine at the start of a new year. I hope this post finds everyone else just as fit as a fiddle and twice as feisty.

So, a brand spanking shiny new year. Filled with potential and promise. I may not do resolutions, but I always sort of stand in awe of the clean slate that marks the change of years. I know that as the year progresses, all the joy, sorrow, pain, and other aspects of daily living will wear the shiny off the new toy, and bring the desire for another new year to 'get it right'.

I have set a few goals for 2019. I don't do resolutions, because they wear out fast, and sort of perpetuate a cycle of "I can do it!", "Oh man, I am failing", "I can do it!" "Oh man I am failing," ad nauseum. Over and over. Instead I set a goal that is realistic enough to actually reach, yet difficult enough to appreciate the effort of accomplishing it. Even if I don't reach the goal by the end of the year, I am still working to reach it, knowing that persistence will get me where I want to go.

One of my goals is an ongoing one. I am doing the 90 Day Extreme Bible Reading Plan. Yes, you can actually read the entire Bible through in 90 days. it takes about 20-30 minutes a day. You can even spread the time out over the day. This program allows you to read the entire Bible through about four times in a year. Think about it folks, if we read our Bibles FOUR TIMES in a year--and then APPLIED what we read to our daily lives. Whoa, what an impact we could have on this world. The link for the reading guide is

https://www.thebrooknetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/BibleIn90Days.pdf

I once saw a Bible that is actually set up to be read on this schedule, but this printed out schedule will get you there just fine.

I recently found a sale of books for about $2.00 for 20 paperbacks, and I dug through boxes and shelves to find some true gems of Christian growth books. I plan to use these, along with many of the books that I have had for years, like The Love Dare, as tools to grow my faith as a Christian. I'm not doing it all at once--I would implode--but I am just taking one at a time and digging in to learn more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

I am first reading Alexandra Kuykendall's Loving My Actual Life: an experiment in relishing what's right in front of me. https://www.christianbook.com/loving-actual-experiment-relishing-right-front/alexandra-kuykendall/9780801007811/pd/007811?dv=m&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=books-0-20%7C007811&p=1179710&gclid=CID1n834vcwCFZVahgodzA8EbQ

She decided to work on areas of her life that needed improving. She created a nine month experiment and took a different area each month. January is Bring It Down, Quiet. She saw how little quiet was in her life, and how she would use 'noise' to distract herself from things that were important. So set the goals of 30 minutes of intentional alone time each day, eliminating social media use, and set Sundays apart for a quieter routine. She tells of her days doing this, and then gives her findings. Other areas she works on are Mornings, Health, Home Organization, Meals, Creativity, etc. I need to work on many of these areas myself, so I am taking her suggestions and making my own experiments.

Since the first month is about Bringing It Down, and bringing quiet back into my life, I will be doing this one in January, and that brings me to another decision I made for January that will fit in perfectly.

Obie and I attend Wednesday night church services here in Bowie, since we are unable to make it to our home church. The members of this church do a corporate fast every January for 21 days. You don't have to give up food (although they do suggest that members at least do a Daniel Fast during this time), but whatever you do give up has to be something that is going to cost you. In my case, that would be my laptop and the Internet.

I thought and prayed about this once I heard about it, and I honestly feel that God is calling me to participate in this fast. I will at least do a partial Daniel Fast, and I will be turning off my laptop completely for 7 days, beginning January 7. {{{CRINGE}}}

Of course I am back in the gym, working out and cleaning up my eating habits again. During the fast I will only be doing yoga and walking, since my food intake would not be adequate for weight training.

I am also working on doing a lot more blog posts and YouTube videos over the course of the new year. After this fast is over, I am thinking seriously of doing another 100 Videos in 100 Days Challenge--yeah, those are intense!

And of course, I will be doing posts and videos on frugality and saving money. I have a LOT of goodies to share with y'all.

So, that is a little look at my plans for 2019 so far. I hope you will join me on this journey. Please comment below on what your plans and goals for 2019 are. Also please tell me about any books or YouTube channels you would recommend for me to check out to assist me in my goals.

Well, as always, I got chores. Later y'all!
© Evelyn Edgett 2019

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