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2017 GOALS

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2016 wasn't all bad. There were some amazing high points. Personally, I achieved many of the goals that I set for myself and my family. But that was then. This is now.

A new year opens the door for a fresh start. New opportunities start to bloom and blossom and everyone is all abuzz with their goals and resolutions. I have a few things that I want to get done this year too. I'll share those in another post. Today I want to talk about something that I'm bringing into 2017 that I didn't quite conquer in 2016.

You see, I suffer from something I like to call internal side eye. This is a condition that you have when your filter says one thing but your heart and your mind say something else. Those thoughts though...

How do I stop them?

In 2016 I was able to really get in touch with the Holy Spirit. Now you may be asking what does that have to do with your side eye? Well, everything. Cause in 2016 my heart and mind was truly softened. Now, I'm not perfect so I'm still working on this but in 2016 there was definitely a shift that took place for me.

One day while I was looking in the mirror trying to track where I was on my fitness journey I heard God say to me, "This is how you should evaluate your heart and your words. Daily." It took a moment for that to sink in because it had never occurred to me before to track the progress of who I am internally on a daily basis. Cause you know there's you and then there's that inner you....

I'm working on the inner me.

side eye meme

So in 2017 when I'm checking to see if all my hard work in the gym is paying off I will also be checking to make sure my time in the word is paying off too. This year I will look at my heart with that same critical eye I look at my body with. Doing this will keep me constantly accountable for how much grace and mercy I am giving.

I'm no doctor so I can't say for sure but I do believe that doing this may also cure me from that internal side eye problem I seem to have. What good is it to be a Christian if you're only a Christian on the outside and not truly one where it matters - in your heart.

Are you holding yourself accountable for the thoughts and meditations of your heart and soul? Are you anything like me? Maybe you're a nice person but you suck your teeth and roll your eyes a lot to yourself, in your inside voice?

If so, you are not alone. Let's look at our inner reflections this year and work on them just as much as we work on the reflection that we can actually see....

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