Well, my New Year’s started off with a bang. Nothing like kids dropping like flies with the stomach flu to make me anticipate the New Year! 😉
I no longer make resolutions or grandiose, life-changing plans each New Year. I have realized that I hate being told what to do, even when it’s me barking out the orders!
So, I am making a list of a few things to focus on in 2015!
1. Get my lazy behind to Eucharistic Adoration and Confession more often.
I am not setting specific guidelines on this (because I hate being told what to do), but once a month for either would be such a blessing!
I have honestly only been to Adoration once.
(For my non-Catholic friends and family, we believe that our Catholic priests, through Jesus, change the bread and wine at mass into the true Body and Blood of Christ, also called the Eucharist. Jesus told us to “Do this in memory of me,” so we do during every mass! Any leftover Eucharist is placed inside the tabernacle behind the altar at church. It is still 100% Jesus and will be used at the next mass or during Eucharistic Adoration. This is why Catholics kneel down, or genuflect, before sitting down—we are bowing to Jesus Christ who is truly present in the tabernacle.)
Back to Adoration, though. I spent about 30 minutes late one night in blissful silence with the Eucharist (displayed in a beautiful monstrance similar to the one pictured above). It was so hard to silence my mind and just wait, listening quietly for Jesus to talk to me. Jesus spoke to me in my thoughts, and I loved the experience! So, why do I make excuses and not do it again?
2. I prayed for my Word of the Year.
Last year, my word was “mercy.” Every time I said a Divine Mercy chaplet or read scripture about mercy, it made me smile. God was gently reminding me of His presence in my life. All year long!
Well, this year the word that sprang to mind was “rest.” Quite possibly because I am sick and tired of sick kids at the same time as growing an entire human being inside my body. I’m not sure if God is guaranteeing me lots of rest or just reminding me that my only rest comes in Him.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
3. I have my Patron Saint for 2015.
Small confession: I was slightly disappointed at first. Why not St. Gianna or Mother Teresa or St. John Paul II? However, from what I have briefly learned already, St. Benedict was one cool guy. I can’t wait to see how he prays for me and leads me on a new path to Jesus.
So there you have it! My list of absolutely-not-resolutions for 2015! What are your goals or plans? I would love to be inspired by you!