By Tiffany Deluccia >>>
Happy New Year! I always find a new set of 365 exciting. I’m not sure why — Nothing has really changed. The weather will still be cold for months. Life doesn’t give you a do-over from the things you’ve been building for the last 12 months. But still, a new year feels fresh, exhilarating, full of promise.
TJ and I don’t really do resolutions, but we do take some time each January for what we call our vision retreat. I’ve written about that before (Check out the video under #8 in my post on 10 Things I’ve Learned in Almost 3 Years of Marriage.), but essentially, it’s just a time to get away together, have some fun and share our thoughts on where we are and where we’re going. We talk about every aspect of our lives, from finances to health to relationships to ministry to hobbies. The goal is to get on the same page, take an honest account of how things are going in all of these areas and make plans to continue dreaming and growing together. We’ve found it an awesome way to support each other throughout the year, as well as to practice this verse from Scripture:
Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Proverbs 24:3-4
Our vision for this year is mostly between us, so I will spare you the details, but it basically outlines what we see as important for this year. And we write it down. We may be cheesy, but our vision is on a wall in our bedroom (decorated pretty, because that’s just me), and we see it. Every day.
It doesn’t dictate our lives. We don’t feel shamed if we get through half the year and things aren’t looking like we thought. We simply regularly remind ourselves of the life we see, the life we prayed about and believe God is leading towards. Our verse for this year is 2 Corinthians 8:7:
But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7
I’m excited for the new year and hope you are, too! If you haven’t taken stock of where you are in life lately, allowed yourself to dream and spent time asking God what He sees for you, maybe plan your own vision retreat. Even if you aren’t married. You can do this on your own. You won’t be alone — God is with you!