Happy New Year! After the craziness and sadness that 2016 brought, I’m hoping for a more positive 2017.
On that note, I’m not only dusting off my blog, but I’m going to try and implement a few weekly things. Namely #MotivationalMondays and maybe even a #FamilyFridays. I’ve realized that often, too often to be honest, I have really good intentions to complete a project, or even add a new task or event to my daily life, but my follow-through record for anything is exceptionally low. Almost like the score the Buckeyes put up against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, but that’s a whole different topic and sore subject. 🙁
Given it’s a new year and most people tend to try instill new tasks and habits into their lives in January, I thought I’d kinda jump on the bandwagon and try a few things. I recently got a new -paper- planner that stretches over two years (see here) and it’s got a variety of motivational quotes and encouragement in sticker form that you can plaster all over the pages as you see fit. (creative AND organizational? it’s a win-win for me) I wanted to give myself encouragement throughout the year, because it’s always nice to get encouragement and because I’m not even certain what next month holds for us, let alone the whole rest of the year. Which led me to focus the motivations to appear on the Mondays of various weeks, hence the #MotivationalMonday idea.
So, I’m going to attempt to do just that, motivate my readers & myself each Monday. It might be in the form of a funny picture, a thought provoking quote or best yet, solid encouragement from the Word of God. I hope you gain insight and positive stimuli from the posts.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.
-Proverbs 1:7 [HCSB]
I’m beginning to derive enjoyment from reading the Proverbs. There are lots of good nuggets of encouragement in them and they may be a commonly referenced source for my Monday posts. For a long time I didn’t understand the connection between fearing the Lord and loving Him. I’ve always had a negative connotation about the word fear. Growing up it was a word that had not been used in a way that referenced anything but being scared or frightened by something or someone, so when I started reading the Bible and seeing the phrase “fear of the Lord” it confused me. It’s taken years for me to realize that the word ‘fear’ could be swapped out for ‘awe’, and that has made a huge difference in my understanding of these verses.
When you awe something or are awestruck by someone, you tend to hold the person in high regard and view them quite favorably. So this verse could be interpreted to read: to be in awe of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (…) Doesn’t that make a drastic difference? I know it has for me.
On that note I’m going to keep this short and encourage you to try something new this week and try to look for the positive and good in your life and surroundings. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you Friday for some family-oriented stories and fun.