Epiphany and New Beginnings

 

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As our family moves into the new year, we are still processing and healing from the events of this past year, as well as looking forward with anticipation for what God will do in and through us in 2016. Since accountability is a good thing, I thought I’d share with you the commitments I have made for this new year. With respect to resolutions, Joey and I ask the kids to join us in evaluating our lives and asking God to show us things we need to change or fine tune. We focus on three areas–the spirit, the mind and the body.

Heaven knows I have plenty of possible areas that need improvement, but I tried to narrow it down as much as possible. So, this is what God has led me to do for 2016…

The Spirit – This year I will be focusing my personal bible and devotion time on the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The Book of Common Prayer is a nearly 500-year old Anglican prayer book. It was introduced to the Church of England in 1549. The BCP has had a strong influence on Christian worship across multiple denominations for centuries, and I am completely fascinated by it. I know a little bit about the BCP from my Methodist past but I have never followed it closely, only bits and pieces. I will spend this year using this book to guide my personal time with the Lord. I used my Christmas money and gift cards to buy a couple of resources I will be using on this journey. I will share more about them as I go along.

The Sacred Ordinary Days, 2016 Liturgical day planner

Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals

 

The Mind – For my intellectual growth I will be dedicating this year to learning and educating my family on the liturgical church calendar. We have celebrated many of the church calendar events before, but we have never had a purposeful study throughout the year. Although I am familiar with many of these, I want to learn more and I want our children to experience them. We started today with Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6 after the 12 days of Christmas. This day and the season that follows is a time to reflect on Jesus’s manifestation to the world. We reflect on the Magi’s coming to honor Christ and how Christ came to this world as a human for us all. Here is a link to more information about how we commemorated this day…

Chalking the Door

The Body – Finally as my commitment to take care of the body God has given me, I have given up sugar. This is huge and insane, I know, but there is no doubt sugar is terrible for my body. As I move through my 40’s I want want to take the best care of myself possible. I want to be as healthy as I can for as long as possible. As a result of me giving up sugar, the sugar intake of my family will be drastically reduced. Sugar is everywhere so wish us luck! Here is just one of the numerous articles that can be found on the web concerning the harmful effects of sugar and the latest book I am reading on health…

Eating too much sugar may be killing you

How Not to Die by Michael Greger

(I usually have a book going in each of these three categories on my Kindle at all times.)

What commitments are you making this year that will nourish your body, mind and spirit?

 

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