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IN THE SHOP

By: Vanessa Bonilla 

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Happy New Year! 

It’s so strange that the same twenty-four-hour change that happens everyday of the year, changes something in us on the final day of the year. We immediately have this deep desire for more. We start to think up ways to be better than we have been. We condemn ourselves for not meeting last year’s goals. We become anxious about tomorrow. This anxiety is like a loud nagging voice yelling 

DO MORE! BE MORE! EXPERIENCE MORE! 

The most common new year’s resolutions are: 

  1. Exercise more 
  1. Save money 
  1. Eat healthily 
  1. Lose weight 

Do these goals sound familiar? They definitely do to me! My family and I sit down to make goals every year and I have written each one of those for the past two years. Unfortunately, I have failed at meeting them two years in a row. 

This year will be different! 

Will I somehow meet all of these goals? No, instead I’ve set my sights on new goals: 

  1. Strength 
  1. Wisdom 
  1. A joyful heart 
  1. Enlightened mind 
     

I can meet these goals! So can you! All we have to do is make quiet time in 2021 our greatest priority. Time in the word of God gets us all these things. Psalm 19 tells us God’s laws, his rules, his commands are perfect, they can be trusted and they are right. When we believe that, we get to accomplish these goals. We get to shut down the loud nagging voice and hear the voice of God whispering draw near

In Luke 12 we see Jesus talking to the people, sharing with them the cure for an anxious heart. Which one of us has not been tempted by anxiety at some point in 2020? But, if everything were to stay the same in the world, the sickness, the mistrust, the injustices, what do we do? We trust what is right, the word of God! 

Worry doesn’t add a day to our lives. The word says the world eagerly seeks out the “how” in everything but our trust leads us to believe the Father knows what we need and provides. Not only does he provide, He delights in giving us eternal things along with the temporal things. There isn’t anything evil about the first list of goals, they are excellent goals to have, but in pursuing things over pursuing God we get nothing in the end. But when we pursue God and His kingdom all these things will be added unto us. 

Here is my prayer for 2021, 

Lord lead me to your feet daily, give me the strength to do the things that will bring you the most glory and will kill my selfish nature. Give me wisdom through your word to know what is of you and what isn’t. May I find joy in you and my mind be enlightened by the light of your word. “Cleanse me from my hidden faults, keep my from willful sins; do not let them rule me. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:13-14 


Vanessa is the daughter of a Pastor, baby of six and a homeschooling mom of five. Married to her wonderful husband of eight years, they serve in their local church together. She loves fresh fruit, nights by the fire pit, and time with friends and family. Vanessa has watched God do amazing things in her life. Assaulted at a young age, teen mom and the survivor of an abusive marriage left her life in pieces. Today she stands restored and uses the testimony of brokenness to help build others and encourage women to discover the fullness of a relationship with God.

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