It was in the fall . . . 2010. I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed that Women’s Day Magazine was looking for bloggers to take part in a year-long blogger project to promote The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. (If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it.)
I wrote a brief intro-letter describing some of the struggles we’d live through the previous five years. Loss, illness, rejection, a micro-preemie, on top of life’s normal stressors and everyday complications. I must have sounded like I REALLY needed a dose of happiness…
I became a WD Happiness Blog contributor. And I learned a lot as I took my personal journey through the telling of Gretchen’s experience.
Rubin says, “The Happiness Project is an approach to changing your life.”
Because “One rainy April afternoon, I asked myself . . . What do I want from life, anyway?”
“I wanted to be happy!”
She asked herself two questions:
- What makes me happy?
- How might I be happier?
From those brief questions, she wrote a list of “12 Commandments” and monthly resolutions. Beginning in January, she added monthly goals and daily adjustments to test their impact on her attitude. She tackled fitness, marriage, work, parenthood, friendship, money, and faith, etc. She documented good days and not so good days, what worked and what didn’t, and knew by the end of the year she had indeed found a greater degree of happiness.
2011 was the year of my Happiness Project. I wrote weekly updates for the Women’s Day Happiness Blog and three short articles for the print copy of the magazine. And . . . I learned that I agree with Abraham Lincoln – “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
Why am I telling you all of this? Because it’s time for a new project.
2016 will be the year of…
The Faith Project
Like The Happiness Project, The Faith Project will consist of monthly goals and resolutions all stemming from two basic commandments.
- To grow in faith and love for God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; with a desire to be completely devoted to Him in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- To grow in the living out of my faith-filled love for God by loving others.
Monthly goals and resolutions will include:
January – Freedom – to know that through Jesus I’m completely forgiven.
February – Love – to reach out through acts of service and share God’s love with others.
March – Wisdom – to dig deep into God’s Word and commit more of it to memory.
April –Humility – to focus on who God is, His holiness and His character and why I need Him.
May – Prayer – to spend more time with God in intentional conversation.
June – Patience – to learn more and better understand the act of waiting on God.
July – Stillness – to listen for His voice and know His will.
August – Goodness – to obey God’s daily will for my life.
September – Peace – to commit to completely trusting God’s will for me.
October – Worship – to focus on praise and worship – remembering it’s not about me.
November – Gratitude – to thank God for countless perfectly chosen blessings.
December – Joy – to take delight in Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us.
Each week I will share what I’m learning, how I’m applying what I’m learning and implementing resolutions. I’m a little nervous about sharing this personal journey publicly, but I’m praying my joys, struggles, successes, and failures will bless your walk with the Lord this year as well.
My prayer for all of us this year is found in Ephesians 3: