Happy New Year!!!!!!!! Though I’ve been off meat and dairy for over 2 years, I still make the kids their traditional New Year’s meal of : Corn beef and cabbage AND black eyed peas and sausage. The corn beef I’ve been making since the late 70s when I lived in the Midwest. It was considered good luck. Then in the mid 80s we moved to Florida and were advised that you are supposed to eat black eyed peas and sausage on New Year’s.
So rather than take our chances we started doing both. So here I am 4 decades later still making it for the kids. It’s like Thanksgiving, I still make the turkey even though I don’t eat it any more. I just enjoy the traditions.
Anyway I love more about New Years Day than the food. I love the idea that on January 1st you can have a whole new beginning.
In recent years I’ve begun taking this new start more seriously, perhaps because I know I have lived more years than I am going to live and time is more precious to me. In any case 2019 is This is my third year ringing in the New Year with 21 days of Prayer.
If your life isn’t exactly the way you want it to be, and you’ve never started your new year this way, give it a shot. It starts your year off with a focus unlike anything I’ve tried before. You can give up things, such as you would in lent, some people go on the Daniel Diet (basically a vegan diet), or some give up their favorite food or beverage. Other things to consider are giving up ‘time-wasters’, maybe for you it’s spending hours on Facebook or other social media, or watching too much sports. For me it’s giving up television and movies. Whatever you choose it’s between you and God, you don’t have to share it with anyone. The idea is to use the time you would have been watching TV, or eating a certain food, or reading Facebook, and spend that time in prayer, or reading/listening to the Bible, or mediating on the word, or worship or talking/listening to God. Whatever you want to do…there’s no one judging.
Then take it up a notch if you are wanting to change your health and add some items, like walking 15 minutes a day, or getting on the re-bounder, or doing arm weights, again whatever it is you are wanting to improve and this time commit to it. Make the decision that for the next 21 days (don’t worry about the whole year) you’ll commit to doing xyz 3-5 times a week…whatever. And then do it. What I’ve found over the last few years, whatever I commit to when I’m working with the 21 days of prayer, I take seriously.
So i’m starting the year off with a plan…hope you are too. I can guarantee if you don’t start off with a plan, you’ll end up right where you are…
Happy New year!!! And the three bible apps I mentioned are:
The Bible Project
Through the Word TTW
Bible in one year (Gumbel) BIOY
Pick one or two that work for you, they have various length plans, and give it a go.
Until next time….bye bye