Mantras for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Instead of making resolutions this year, I have decided to choose a selection of mantras to try and live by.  A mantra is a word or statement repeated frequently, said to aid in concentration or meditation. As I strive to live a more balanced, God-centered life, I thought giving my prayers and meditations a focus was the perfect way to start the new year. The mantras I selected are nothing new to me. They are sayings and ways of living that have been important in my life, but I am curious to see what focusing on them does in the coming year.

1. Be Generous

I have been so fortunate in my life to have all my basic needs fulfilled, and then some. I am guilty of often thinking I do not have enough based on "society" or "social media" standards, when the truth is I have more than some people could ever hope to have. This coming year, I am going to strive to be generous not only with my money, but with my time and talents as well.

2. Follow my Heart

I am finished with doing simply what I want to do. "Follow my heart" - will be my reminder to listen to God and his plan for me, rather than listen to MYself and MY plan for me. My plans hardly ever work out the way I want them to anyway. I will trust Him to lead me in the right direction.

My prayer for the new year:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
That my faith would be made stronger, in the presence of my savior.
— Hillsong "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

3. Look for the Good

Bj recently mentioned that a majority of our conversations are focused on the negatives that happened on a regular basis. There are so many bad situations around me, happening to me and to others I care about, and yet I know that God has good intentions in all of these circumstances. I am committed to finding the good in every single day, every single moment, and filling my conversations with positivity. I tell people often that when my mom died the thing that stands out to me the most is the good that came of it. This seemingly horrific and sad time in my life was mixed in with stronger friendships, bonds, and a positive life-altering change in the person I was. Even as Bj's dad died months later, we both commented how lucky we were to have one another to go through it with. 

4. Have Courage and Be Kind

This mantra is my favorite and one that I tell my students often. I don't know what plans God has for me this coming year, but I hope to have enough courage to face whatever comes my way, and remember to always be kind in every moment. 


Let me know what you think about having New Year Mantras instead of resolutions. 

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