One last blog for 2011…
You know, as far as holidays go…New Year’s is my least favorite. Does anyone else feel this way? It is overrated and a bit anticlimactic. A ball dropping? Really? Is that all we could come up with to celebrate a new year? Okay, I’ll give you the fireworks…but unless you live in a warm climate, watching fireworks in the freezing cold isn’t that great…even worse on T.V. In my mind, New Years is just about staying up late and counting backwards from 10 and cheering…. And the life changing New Year’s kiss that everyone hopes to get…sorry to burst your bubble but that is such a Hollywood, made up, never really going to happen myth. Or at least lets say your odds aren’t really that good. And this is coming from a girl who’s husband is a really good kisser. Yep it’s true. If you love the Holiday, sorry to be so down on it, go ahead try to convince me otherwise. 😉
But, what I do love is the chance to pause for a minute and look back and look ahead….
As we forge ahead into another year, one empty, new, all those unwritten on squares of days, and weeks and months…my heart is glad. I am just so thankful. You know that feeling of just enough mouthfuls of a delicious meal and one more bite of sweet potatoes (though awesome) would just be too much? That is how my heart feels tonight. This year was really special in quite a few ways, one particularly being our sweet Hannah Joy’s birth. Our kids have grown faster than I can believe and it is crazy that Derek and I celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary…in some ways it seems we just danced down that isle to Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of My Life”…
As I look ahead to 2012, I know there will be a few “firsts” for us as a family. I know there will be challenges. I know there will be lessons to learn, and set backs to overcome. But more than anything I know that God is in 2012. He is, has, was, will always be. He is infinite, unhindered by time. He knows all, he is in all, he holds everything together. He owns 2012 and everything in it. And for this I am so thankful. I am thankful that my biggest job this year is seeking him.
The Lord gave me a verse for the year.
It is Jeramiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:13 ESV)
I want this to be my heart beat this year…to seek the Lord with all my heart. I want to learn what that looks like. I want to experience this promise…that I will find Him.
So, I am going to bed in 2011. I will greet 2012 in the morning. But I will do so with this verse on my mind and with a kiss for my handsome hubby, but also with joy in my heart of knowing a savior who loves me.
Thanks for reading my New Year’s ramblings,
Happy New Year!