Change your thoughts, change your life is a great and popular motto to live by today. With recovery I would add, "change your thoughts, change your actions, change your life." I have to add that middle step because you and I both know how we can live out our thoughts in our mind but still do nothing about it. Faith and recovery has allowed me to garner up the courage and strength to take my productive thoughts, put them into steps and receive a positive result of a changed life. That is followed by a changed heart. Lighter, freer and more joyful.
So, what about you? I quit doing resolutions long ago because as you know most resolutions aren't kept. However, I am choosing to make some life changes even today going into the new year. I attend church just about every week and am in touch with my faith family regularly. Those you surround yourself with have the greatest impact on your life. Yesterday the pastor was talking about a couple of things, but one of the things he referred to was how important it is to have remembrances of the changes and blessings that have come into your life through each year. You know there were events or situations that have come along and you felt overwhelmed or lost and wondered how you were going to get through it. Time ticks by and soon it's weeks or months down the road and you find that you've survived or overcome that thing that tried to trip you up. But oh, how easy it is to have these memories walk away quietly. Oh, you might never forget the major blessings and good fortunes that came your way, but what about the smaller players? I was with my little family yesterday, all of us together, in the most healthy get together in years. My heart was at peace and full of joy when "I lay my head down now to sleep." I can now recall that my life hasn't always been full of sad addiction stories or sagas of enabling mishaps that ruled or dictated my life. No, in fact I must call to mind all the ways that the Lord has walked me through the most tumultuous days of my life and has even blessed me through it. I want to remember how he placed people I had never met, into my path for the purpose of finding my way back to a healthy life no longer held hostage by addiction and step into the promises He has beckoned me too.
So going into the new year, my cousin Leslie Hamp, posted a great suggestion that backs up yesterday's message about filling your new year with joy. Here's the link to a great suggestion and I'm off to find myself a LARGE empty jar! I know at the end of 2013 I'm going to love to review all my love and joy notes!
Happy New Year! Expect something big!