An Unusual New Year’s Blog…

Maybe.

This New Year’s morning underscores the transient nature of resolutions.  From my window – between the smog and and fog, I can’t even see the subway station and this is my way of deciding to stay indoors and in town.  Anyone who resolved to run every day this year may be in a bit of trouble today!

So while the Beijing crowd is challenged by their resolutions, the rest of my friends, especially in North America – haven’t even watched the clock turn or flipped the calendar page!

Last year I tried to focus on TRUST and that was harder to do than I thought – especially in the little details of my life.  I’m not so great at waiting – especially when I can solve the problem quickly myself.  Waiting patiently is a part of trust.

I ended the year with two quotes on my wall.  Both came across my Facebook feed, and both speak of discipline.  It all comes down to that.

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So, of course this year I want to be more disciplined.  This may be my last opportunity to teach abroad.  I am going home at the end of June – and starting a new adventure.  The rules will change, the people will change, the language….everything will be new again and different.

My personal goal for this year is two fold – to end well in June and begin well in July.  How that looks is uncertain at the moment.  But I do know this to be true:

  • My life as a follower of Christ should be a disciplined one.
  • His yoke is easy and the burden is light – He makes it so.
  • His path is a path of adventure – and I realise this every day.
  • He has given me the option to choose – and I need to make the choice of discipline more than once a day!

Now that I’ve sorted that out for myself, I can move on with my day – determining the things I still want to accomplish in Beijing!

 

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

 

About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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