Sometimes it is sooooooooo hard to keep new habits. We all want to create new and updated versions of self, but alas, the realities of being stuck in the ruts of old ways are hard to break. I started a new habit in January of trying to write blog posts twice a week. At first I was able to keep the habit, but then I decided a more reasonable goal was to write a blog once a week. Then my speaking engagements for the spring picked up speed, and I was spending all of my writing time prepping for my speaking time. My new habit was slowly being phased out of being a habit and, unfortunately when I was finally healthy, did not have house company, wasn’t speaking somewhere, and able to write a blog again, I forgot about even trying to write. That’s the nature of new things. They are hard to maintain when you get sidetracked. My new strategy is to write on a Monday afternoon and, if I am unable to complete that task, I will aim for finishing on a Wednesday afternoon. Doing new things is a really important value to me. Every time I do something new, I am seeing more of who and what I am capable of being. Doing new things is a spiritual process because we are engaging with the creator. We are creating new where once there was old. Engage with your creator this week. Do something new.

Isaiah 43:19-21The Message (MSG)

16-21 This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
—the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.