Posted by: abbiewatters | January 1, 2017

2017 Intentions

My Star Word (received in church today) for 2017 is PRAISE. I’m still mulling how I’m going to live into that word.

These are my intentions for the year. As you know, if you read my post from yesterday, I had some problems in 2016, some caused by my own shortfalls, and some completely out of my control. The main thing I intend to do this year is to try to recognize which category applies to each circumstance, and adjust my attitude to the circumstance based on whether I can control the outcome, or whether I can only control my reaction.

  1.  I will resist hatred, prejudice, and evil, and speak out against all of them when I see/hear them.
    1. I will resist racism by following the actions of Shaun King. You can sign up by sending an email and each day you will receive a couple of suggestions of letters to write, emails to send, or posts to post on Twitter and Facebook, against police violence, and in support of various causes (Standing Rock, etc.)
    2. I will resist evil, hatred, and reactionary government by signing up with Wall of Us. Each week you will receive a list of four actions you can take by writing to your elected representatives to ensure your values are being considered by the government. Some are local, some are state, and some are national. Often you will receive suggestions of products to boycott or hatred to call out.
    3. I will march in the Women’s March in Washington, in Olympia on January 21st, as a mark of protest and solidarity with feminine causes.
    4. I have already set up automatic contributions to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center,, and the Democratic National Committee.
  2. I will exercise regularly and eat good, healthy food.
    1. I will sign up for a circuit training class at the Wellness Center.
    2. I will try to get 10,000 steps a day.
    3. I will log my food every day (and no cheating).
    4. I will cook most of the food we eat from scratch, and will be careful of extra salt and additives in any packaged foods.
      1. I will cook fresh vegetables when they are available.
      2. I will continue to get Blue Apron meals whenever my schedule allows me time to prepare them. If you would like to try them, send me your email in a comment, and I’ll send you three free meals (I have at least 5 sets available).
  3. I will make personal contact with at least half of the churches in the Presbytery.
    1. I will meet the pastors for coffee and a “get-to-know-you” time.
    2. I will try to meet with the sessions and invite more participation by Ruling Elders in Presbytery meetings and commissions and committees.
    3. I will continue to work with the Taskforce on New Worshipping Communities and encourage their work.
  4. I will work for more racial diversity and harmony in my city and church.
    1. I will facilitate a discussion group at Bethany using The Cross and the Lynching Tree.
    2. I will encourage a dialogue between Bethany and at least one historically Black congregation.
    3. I will attend meetings of the City Council, and other opportunities to discuss race in Tacoma.
  5. I will pray for Big Al as he faces decreased mobility and increasing pain from his back problems. I will try to remember that he is hurting, and not push him to do more than he is comfortable doing.

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