20He sent out His Word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. 21Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wonderful works to mankind. (Psalm 107:20-21)
Welcome to 2023 friends and family! The start of every New Year is the time most of us make our resolutions. Resolutions to eat better, exercise more, improve our finances, start a new hobby, take a bucket-list trip, earn a new promotion at work, maybe quit one job and follow a life-long goal. Many around the world use January 1 as a springboard to start anew. Well, I have several resolutions, many of them coincide with my mission on this blog.
My first resolution is to read several new works this year, including the complete Apocryphal Gospels and the Gnostic Gospels (all while attempting to read the Holy Bible to SGZ3). To start things off, my brother-in-law gifted me with “The Original Gospels” which are the original translations of the Gospels. From this reading, I will share with you some of the stark differences that stand out from the most clean translation (taken from 2nd century Aramaic language), to the most current translations in print today. I am not going to put a date range on any of these readings, but this is where all the material I am sharing with y’all is going to come from.
My second resolution is to exercise more. I was very lazy in 2022. I am going to chalk last year as a year of healing. But I desperately need to get in better shape because two of my careers demand for me to always be in the best possible shape I can be in. I am going to follow the workouts in the Common Sense REBORN Daily Devotional for last year and then modify it for 2024, when I will return to publishing a new print version of CSRDD.
My third goal is to spend more time with my family, even while I will most likely be working more than usual this year, and somehow attempting to accomplish the first two goals.
And finally, last, but not least, my final resolution/goal of 2023, is to spend more time in prayer, and to grow my faith through service to others.
Simple enough right? It actually seems pretty daunting to me considering how I really had no free time this last year to accomplish anything extra with my work schedule. However, I am starting by cutting one thing out this year, and that is being social media free in 2023! My favorite blogger ever wrote a wonderful post on cutting out the scrolling for the New Year. You can read the newest post from Goodness Gravyboats by clicking here.
And with that, I bid you a good night. I have a lot to do (obviously). I hope you have some resolutions to improve your spiritual health, physical health, and mental health in the days, weeks, and months ahead. If you need some musical motivation, here is a wonderful track that was released back in September. I may have shared it before, but it’s become one of my favorite songs to listen to every morning. A strong reminder of the simple truth much of the world has seemed to have forgotten.