**This post is from Jan. 5, 2016 from an old blog that I simply copied and pasted to this blog. It goes right along with my previous post on New Year’s resolutions…I definitely didn’t plan it, but how awesome is that???**
**As I type this message, I am so torn between what my next career move is: going to school for medical assisting or not.
As the title suggests, I am attempting to go back to the basics. Journaling. Prayer. Reading my Word. We are still in the very early stages of the new year, and although I am not a big fan of NY resolutions, I do believe that with the start of a new year, you can incorporate some new habits into your life.
I started journaling again on the first day of this year. I used to do it religiously, but, as we are prone to do with things in life, I let it go. I had several journals that I had written in over the years, but I threw them all away a couple of years ago when I packed up to move back to Greenville (ugh, I hate that I threw them away).
Other “basics” for me in this new year are:
- Being true to myself at all times, with all people, in all situations (probably the single most persistent problem that I make for myself. I need to trust the Lord more, use the faith that He gave me to stand up for myself and for others).
- Well, there really is no #2. If I remain true to myself, everything else that God has for me will fall into place.Psalm 37:4-54 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
If I live in a state of perpetual fear of others, I will never receive God’s best. Neither will you. But I find that this is how I live EVERYDAY. In fear. And I fear that I will lose my usefulness for God if I continue to operate in this manner.
What does all this have to do with getting back to the basics?
Letting go of fear of man is definitely “getting back to the basics,” because I have to learn to lean on God yet again and not my own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6), which reminds me of a song I learned from my Missionary Baptist upbringing:
“Learning to lean, learning to lean, learning to lean on Jesus…finding more power than I ever dreamed, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”
*Random fact: One of my bffs that I’ve known since elementary school always used to say “What a co-inky-dink!”*