New Years resolutions anyone?

Now 2018 is heading to a close. It’s the time of year when some people decide to make New Years resolutions. What will your New Years resolutions be? Statistics in Canada from 2016 show that 33% of Canadians want to improve personal fitness, 21% Of Canadians want to reach financial goals, 13% of Canadians want to travel more, 11% want to quit bad habits, 6% want to learn something new, and the last 6% want something other than those options. I guess I’m in that last 6%.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover!” Is a phrase we hear all the time. In 2018 I learned what that meant. For me “not judging a book by its cover” is “not judging a person by there appearance”. We all have our flaws that don’t fit societies standards, we weigh too much, our nose is the wrong shape, our teeth are to crooked. We get so obsessed about our appearance. To be completely honest with you the only persons opinion that matters is Jesus’, it took me all of 2018 to realize that.

I struggled with trying to convince myself I was pretty. I still struggle. I was constantly trying to fit everyone’s standards, and I tried so hard to make everyone like me. Trust me that totally backfired! It was so tiring! I know it sounds cheesy, but I started to loose sight of who I was because I was so obsessed with what other people thought of me. I was so sick of being this way I decided to turn to open my bible which I hadn’t done in a long time and this verse showed up “Don’t be concerned about your outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty from within, unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4. As soon as I read that verse I just was so overwhelmed that I started crying. I knew at that moment that the only persons whose opinion that mattered was Jesus’. Jesus doesn’t judge you by your outward appearance, he made you perfect inside and out! So don’t listen to the lies of society.

There are so many people out there who are just like me. When people are so quick to judge people by there appearance it is not going to help anyone. You don’t know peoples life stories. My New Years resolutions is going to be to stop judging people and to “clothe myself with Beauty from within”. Please Join me. (;

CAMPING or STAY AT HOME?

There are some people out there who love camping so much and they will take every opportunity they can to go. They just love waking up in the morning, unzipping there tent and taking in a big breath of fresh air. The smell of pine and cedar fill there lungs. You look over to your right to reveal a beautiful misty, fog has claimed it’s place over the lake. The sun is just beginning to show its face over top of the tall, beautiful, pines and everything calm and peaceful and you don’t want to leave.

On the other hand we have people who just love the comfort of there own home. That doesn’t mean that they don’t like going on vacation now and then, but they just love there own bed. These type of people love waking up with fresh cotton sheets. They have had the same mattress for so long that the mattress has morphed to fit there body perfectly over time. They get out of bed and turn on the hot shower, the hot steam slowly fills the room. When they step in the shower the hot water is the the perfect temperature. The steamy water is so relaxing and calming.

Now there is the odd person who doesn’t really have one specific side they kinda like both. There in the middle. They love the smell of fresh pine and cedar in the morning, but they also like the comfort of there own bed.

What side are you on? Are you a full on camper, a stay at home person, or are you a little bit of both?

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Fear holds us back from doing what we want to do. Our mind gets filled with all these what-ifs, and all these bad scenarios are stuck in our head and it becomes near to impossible for us to do what we need to do. We love to procrastinate. That sky diving trip you’ve always wanted to go on, that friend you need to make amends with, that laundry you need to fold, none of it is going to happen on its own. You need to go do it!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am one of the biggest procrastinators out there it’s very difficult for me to put myself out there and try something new. A while ago my extremely adventurous cousins had somehow convinced me to go spelunking with them (in case you don’t know what spelunking is its pretty much going into a cave in the middle of nowhere and crawling through tiny muddy caves underground). The whole entire car ride there (about a hour) I was thinking I was going to die. My mind kept wandering off and coming up with all these horrible scenarios of my death. I even contemplated writing a letter to my family in case I died. When we got there (we had to hike in) I saw the cave and I was terrified my heart was racing so fast I had never been so scared in my entire life, I still thought I was going to die. Somehow I slowly lowered myself down into the cave. It was dark, cold, and extremely muddy. I said I little prayer inside my head “dear lord Jesus please give me peace of mind I would rather not die today.” Then I had this overwhelming sense of peace and knew everything was going to be okay. Once we were in the cave and crawling around to be completely honest with you it was kind of beautiful. When we got to one section of the cave where it opened up into a cavern with the clearest water ever. We all turned of our flashlights and a little stream of sun light found its way through the rocks at the top of the cave. the sun shimmering when it hit the clear water. It was so beautiful and I knew that only only a handful of people in the whole entire world would ever see this. When we finally got out of the caves (I was the last person out) I felt so relived and I had this amazing sense of fulfillment. It was definitely worth it. I will forever be able to say that I went spelunking.

So when was the last time you did something for the first time? When are you going to stop procrastinating and start doing what you need to do?

Have you wondered why campfires are so peaceful?

I read a quote that said this…

“Today Is brand new not perfect, but new, look around, take it in, let it mean something to you. There will always be voices that linger from yesterday, but you don’t have to listen to them. You have grown, you have changed, wrapped in endless, boundless, grace. Today is still brand new, look around, take it in, let it mean something to you.”

• Morgan Harper Nichols

Don’t let the past be the present, Jesus has let the past happen for a reason. Maybe you can learn from the past you can grow from your past. When you ask Jesus into your life, you aren’t the same person you were yesterday or five minutes ago or one second ago. You are changed. In that picture above I was sitting by a campfire not worrying about the world, it’s so peaceful, knowing that my strength and my refuge is in Jesus, I can turn to him. No matter what happens to me I know he has plans for me Even if the world ends my future is in his hands and I have confidence in Jesus.