Transform Your Life

Transform Your Life… that seems to be a familiar phrase this time of year. I know it’s certainly one I’m familiar with. The idea of a new year brings this momentum that “now” is the time. It’s time to make changes I failed to make last year, it’s time to launch myself into a new and refreshed Carrie. It’s time to make that bucket list and check some things off.

Psalm 51:10

Usually my list of transformations is reasonable;

  1. Finish painting the bathroom vanity
  2. Update/Improve my workout routine
  3. Work on that character trait I’m less than proud of
  4. Learn to Sew
  5. Do a back walkover
  6. Start painting the bathroom vanity (moved from the 2018 list to 2019)…

All in all, an attainable list (minus the back walkover). But typically my momentum is short-lived. In no time, I’ve fallen back into my old workout routine. And the books that were going to change my life are now strategically stacked according to color at alternating angles {imagine something you’d see on pinterest, they look more like a piece of art than tools to transform my life}.

So albeit good intentions, it’s quite possible I’ve started my transformation with the wrong approach. Jesus warns us about trying to accomplish too much, independently of Him. He warns us that we need a prepared heart and mind – renewed in Him, in order to be prepared to continue on this transformation of life. Maybe I’m transforming the wrong things…

So this year, my first 3 months of the New Year I will be tucking those resolutions away and returning to the basics.

Want to join me?

I’m committing to small moments of quiet time with Jesus every day. Not multi-tasking moments {which is often what my Jesus time becomes}, but intentional, mindful time to renew my heart and mind in Him. It may be in the form of scripture or maybe a devotion… or maybe just sitting quietly and listening. But I’m committed to transforming my heart and mind through the peacefulness of His presence. And then, and only then will I tackle my other transformations. Because I’m beginning to think maybe if I dug deep and worked these first few months of the year to transform my heart and mind – maybe my transformation initiatives would all come together differently.

Good differently.

  1. Finish painting the bathroom vanity
  2. Update/Improve my workout routine
  3. Work on that character trait I’m less than proud of
  4. Learn to Sew
  5. Do a back walkover
  6. Start painting the bathroom vanity (moved from the 2018 list to 2019)…
  7. Renew my heart and mind in Jesus

Let’s do it. Let’s tuck that list of transformations or resolutions aside for the first few months of this year. Together, let’s get aligned with Jesus in our heart and mind. Let’s make Him the priority of renewing our lives and see what comes next… I’m pretty sure it’ll be better than anything we could have imagined.

Relevant Scripture: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Father God, help me to stay focused on renewing my heart and mind in You. Guide my commitment to renewing my soul before tackling my other life transformations. Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

2 thoughts on “Transform Your Life

  1. Wow! Great idea. I believe that it will work. So often when nothing seems to be going right or according to MY plan, if I am honest with myself, it’s because I haven’t taken the time to concentrate on my faith and my relationship with Christ! Let’s do this thing in 2019!

    1. Oh how I love this response. Me too… I’m in, and I kicked it off with some quiet time today. Some simple, quiet reflection time {without multi-tasking something else}. Just listening to Jesus and what He had to offer. It’s amazing how peaceful and satisfying His answers are when I approach it this way. The rest of the resolutions are on hold until I fulfill this one for a bit. I’ll be interested in a few weeks to see how my updated resolutions unfold once I renew my heart and mind. Love you and love our conversations about our relationship with Him. XOXOXO, Carrie

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