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Hello 2017, Goodbye 2016 by Ashley House

January 1st, 2017 Posted in From Ashley
shutterstock_276025601A new year is upon us and before we get caught up in the new season of activities and plans, I find it wise to pause, reflect, pray & plan. When you take time to think back on 2016 and look expectantly at 2017 it can change your perspective drastically. It may seem tedious or daunting or boring but I’ve been doing this for the past 5 years and have never been disappointed that I took an hour out of the first few weeks of the new year to pray through what I did well or didn’t do well the previous year and the hopes, dreams & goals I’m chasing in the new year.

I was given a good tip a few years ago around goal setting for the New Year – pick one fruit of the spirit as your theme for the year. Praying about it, focus on it and ruminate on it for the year.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

This year I’m choosing “forbearance” aka patients. Do you also feel like the world went a little crazy in 2016? It can make you feel anxious, it can make you want to speed through a portion of your life, it can make you want things that God knows you’re not ready for you. Patients. Time can be your friend if you let it. Be still, and I know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I’ve been following along with a new leadership podcast out of Minnesota called “Lead Stories with  Jo Saxton and Steph Williams”. I love these girls, they make you feel included and loved and challenged. Highly recommend!

They’ve created a tool to help you say Hello to 2017 & Goodbye to 2016. Get it here:

Wishing you a Happy 2017!
– Ashley

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