The year always seems so bright and shiny
when it starts out new and full of possibilities.
I like to shake the old year dust off of my feet so to speak.
All the problems of the departed year, the disappointments,
the bills that were due (so...many...bills),
the marital discussions (otherwise known as arguments),
the parenting issues (potty talk and the struggle to get book reports turned in on time),
a complaining spirit (why is it so easy to be a-cup-half-empty-type-of-girl?)
slim in 6 workout video (the workout from hell),
the church planting struggles (free building, anyone?),
these I can leave behind without a second thought.
The goodness and grace that I found in the old year,
long walks and hot cups of coffee with friends,
revisting old friendships (don't mess with Texas)
3 boys up growing healthy and strong (even without eating Wheaties),
potty training the final child (praise the Lord),
wisdom (realizing I need Jesus more than I did last year),
tears of joy (new nephew...first book out...surviving 2009),
bird on a branch throw pillows from Target (thanks Dwight and Jen),
seeing family more (viva la Colorado),
truth (Psalm 34:7),
taking a strong stand against depression (thank you Joyce Meyer's Battlefied of the Mind and Susan, counselor extraordinaire)
and we can't forget the support of a good man (that would be Scott),
these things I will tuck in pocket and carry with with me into 2010.
These are small deposits of hope that I can build on in the upcoming days.
I think Jesus knows that we can't handle the whole of our futures carried in our palms at any one time but he can break it off a year at time and fill us with re-newed vigor and a sense of peace as we walk into the unkown with him.
New beginnings...new mercies....new years...these are good things.
Anything you are tucking in your pocket in 2010?