We’re 8 days into the New Year and I may have gotten the hang of writing 2019 on forms and letters. In the spirit of new beginnings, I have begun a new read-through-the-Bible plan, re-committed to walking the dog daily, started exercising a little beyond the walk, am making healthier eating choices (which, frankly, after the feast-fest of the holidays, is not all that difficult), and mixed up a sourdough starter which I am feeding every morning with hopes of baking my own bread on a regular basis. While all the world around me seems intent on eliminating gluten and grains from their diets (no judgement- merely an observation), I’m just trying to learn to bake a better loaf of bread!
Will I be able to keep up with all these good-intentioned changes? I sure hope so. But if I slip, or even drop some of them altogether, it won’t be the end of the world. There’s not a discipline on my list which can’t be picked right back up if I drop it. Not only because they aren’t earth-shattering, life-or-death practices, but because God’s mercies are new every morning and his grace is sufficient to meet my true needs– which run far deeper than learning to bake a better loaf of bread.
I wrote about this grace last week for enCourage. Why don’t you pop on over and read the entire post, and while you’re at it, check out what some of the other writers have to say. You’re sure to find it encouraging!
And if you have begun some good-intentioned new disciplines this year, hurrah for you! But be sure to hold them loosely, with an attitude of grace towards yourself, remembering God’s provision for your deepest needs has been met in Christ.