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Have you felt like you’ve lost so much this year? 

You’re not alone. So many of us have experienced loss in one way or another – financially, physically, or emotionally. We’ve all lost freedom to travel, gather, and give bear hugs. Traditions are affected too. Whether you are missing your favorite vacation spot or will have an empty seat at the table, it’s been a challenging year, to say the least. 

As we hang our toes over the edge of the final days of 2020 and peer into the new year, have you considered how you want to feel on January 1, 2021? Granted, nothing “magical” happens at midnight on December 31st, but let’s go there in our mind for a moment. 

Imagine waking up, your first day in the new year. As you strreeeetch and roll out of bed, you’re feeling like an overcomer. You haven’t “forgotten” the loss and pain of the past year, but you’re learning to make it an anchor to hold you in place, rather than a burden. As you take the first sip of your hot beverage, you rejoice in the fact that have not only survived…you thrived in 2020.  

Picture yourself in a state of full of gratitude, counting the blessings and miracles you’ve received. A knowing smile comes to your face. Jesus was in it every step of the way…even when it felt so hard. What trials do you look back on and consider joy? 

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT

What did you do in the last weeks of 2020 to end the year exactly how you’d hoped? 

You have the opportunity, right now, today, to CHOOSE how you will lead yourself through the rest of this year. 

You can choose to:

  • Do less – ask for help, delegate, or let it go 
  • Do more – do something you’ve always wanted, serve others, spend quality time with your loved ones
  • Prioritize your well-being – get enough sleep, make time for exercise, and nourish yourself with intention 
  • Nurture relationships – be present, send a handwritten note, call a friend, connect the best way you can

 

Take a moment and reflect…

What came up for you? Write it down. This powerful exercise helps clarify and crystalize where you want to be. If you can see it, you can do it. 

It’s not more honorable to show up for battle, already defeated. 

Just like flight attendants say, “Put your own oxygen mask on first,” you’re best defense, my friend, is to take good care of yourself! The end of the year brings increased stress, and 2020 makes everything more complicated. You are SO GOOD at being a wonderful caregiver to others, and you may feel like you “have to” do “all the things” in order to instill some sense of normalcy. Be careful!  This is prime time to run yourself ragged, for very little return. Talk about it with your family. Find new ways re-work tradition and focus on God’s presence, more than presents.   

If you want to show up as the best version of yourself in your family, ministry, and community…you’ve got to have a plan in place to ensure your priority needs are being met. For me, that means getting into the Word, before the world. I simply cannot properly prioritize or respond with grace to the demands of every day without making time with the Lord a priority. 

Creating time every morning for your spiritual, emotional, and physical needs is the foundation of the LightHer Way Morning.  Following this simple, powerful strategy will ensure you feel your best EVERY day. 

Want to try it out? Click here to download your free LightHer Way Morning Checklist. 

Remember, friend, you are not alone in this dark world. You have battle buddies!!  Check out episode 6 of Sacred Grounds Podcast where we dig deeper into this topic. 

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