7 Habits for 2013

A new year –  a new start.

Another way to count the gifts

Here are a few of my thoughts from this morning’s meditation:

1. “Stay with Me”, says the LORD

– I am to remember to always start my day with Him

2. Get organized.

I think that lately I have been scattered. Not sure if it is the newness of marketing, the ideas flowing so ferociously, that my computer is smack dab in the middle of my kitchen – my husband, our dog, the people walking by outside my window. But I need a plan – for food, for housekeeping, for writing, for computer time.

3. Get a year’s plan.

I want to develop a year’s plan of what I think God wants me to head for, expecting that my course my have many side trails and stop signs.

4. Keep memorizing Scripture.

I have 17 Scriptures under my belt. I had to work hard to get them into this brain. Certainly not as easy as it was years ago. But with practice I can learn to memorize.

5. Continue to Count the Gifts

– I am switching to the JOY DARE from Ann Voskamp because I need more focus on the wonders of God’s gifts.

6. Read more non-fiction with intention to spread what I read.

I have many books on my shelf and on my Kindle. I want to work through these with intention. My first one when it arrives will be Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. This book seems to follow the counting of gifts – to be aware of in tune with God.

7. To focus on the WORD that God has given me for this year (will say more about that later).

This past year the WORD was TRUST – and I think that I became closer to God by trusting Him. I will continue to trust Him this year.

Those are my habits that will be pinned to my bulletin board. I plan to review them and make sure I am following His leading and never be afraid to add another Habit.

Blessings to all my readers.


Linking to Walk With Him Wednesdays – posting a spiritual practice that draws us nearer to His heart.





    1. Yes the first habit is the only ONE that really is important. All the others work from then on.

  1. Hi Jan,
    I like your use of the word “habits” for 2013….it’s so much better to have good habits instead of New Year’s resolutions. I find that good habits are much harder to break.
    Dolores 🙂

    1. Dolores,
      I can’t take credit for the idea. Ann Voskamp started it on her blog and I grabbed on. I too like habits – because they can last a life-time. where resolutions can be broken, habits can be cultivated.
      Thanks for dropping by,

  2. Thank you for popping in, Janis!

    Oh yes! May the Lord reveal Himself to you in new and crazy cool ways as you forge through your list this year! He is faithful!

    Kate 🙂

    1. Thanks Kate,

      Forge I will – working on it today. But already have had to tell my hubby that I am busy… thinking and writing – in the middle of the kitchen. He is not pleased. Oh dear. Well it is hard when he just starts to talk and my mind is on what I am writing. I might have to find another spot to steal away and write. Thanks for dropping by.


  3. I’m so glad to meet you, Janis. I love your first habit…I need that, too! Organizing is a habit I wish to grow in this year as well! And Trust, always a word needed in my life. This year I hope to stay on top of counting my gifts with the community at A Holy Experience, so I hope to keep in touch with you there as well! Blessings!

    1. Jacqui,
      I am excited to meet you as well. Maybe we can encourage one another as we do the JOY DARE, organize, and learn more and more to trust in Him who has everything under control.
      Just love how He leads me to meet others.
      Do you have a Facebook page?

I love to connect with you.

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