The first days of a fresh year are gentle and still ones around here. Our parents sometimes take our children for a night or two, (Bless them!!!) and in their absence I find myself alone with my thoughts…something rather scarce in this season of my life. I took the time this morning to put them to paper.
Each year I like to annal the highlights in a special journal. As I sat down to do that today I realized my last entry was half-done (which I remembered), but I was startled to find that it was recounting 2006! (which I thought would have been 2007).
Somewhere I had let not only one year slip by, but two! What takes me aback the most is that I vividly remember leaving the entry unfinished and it seemed like a blink ago.
So time marches on. I tend to shy away from specific resolutions like losing 20 pounds…though I want to, or quitting coffee…I wouldn’t dream of it! But I do feel a strong urge of resolve this time each year. I make aim to try specific, new things in the year ahead; to love my husband and children more and more; but my highest objective is to grow in my knowledge and faith in God. If I do nothing else in a year, my one desire is that I’m closer to my Savior in this year than I was in the last.
As a means to that end, I am compelled to make 2009 a year of prayer in my heart. I am stirred to stand in the gap for our country, my husband, my children, and our loved ones as needs arise. I hold to this familiar passage this year:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
My goals as a mother and wife are covered by the “closer to Him department.” He is the vine, I am a branch. Apart from Him I can do nothing. (John 15)
My personal objectives are to learn at least 2 songs on my guitar (I’ve always wanted to play) and to blog more consistently. Incidentally the blog is one year old now. It’s been a good exercise for me and I will definitely keep at it.
I am also excited to take a ceramics class (my Christmas gift from my mother in law!)
I would love to hear what you are aiming at in 2009. Happy New Year to all!