A new year

Happy New Year!   I’m always pleasantly excited by the New Year as the year seems like a clean slate before me just waiting to be filled.  I wonder what will fill the days of this year?   Maybe this will be the year the Lord will come back, hallelujah!  Or maybe this year I won’t have another baby (I’ve had them every odd year since 2003) and maybe this year I’ll finally learn how to keep my house tidy-  even though my 4 children don’t seem to be on the same page as me on that one. 

I don’t have any resolutions this year, which I normally do, but I have a few simple goals.  They are to try to keep my kitchen tidy as I go,  to not cave in to my children, when I make a decision, I need to stick to it!   I want to try to do devotions with my kids every day and have them work on some scripture memory.    I also have some things I want to work on with each child this year…   I want to keep up Erik’s blog with him.  I want to work on William’s reading and teach Sarah her letters and I want to cuddle and play with Sophia more.   

But I think my biggest hope for this year is that I can learn to put God first in everything – like Norm our pastor preached about on Sunday.   God isn’t just pleased with whatever I give him, he wants my best and so often that’s just not the case.   It’s learning to say ‘no’ to self and ‘yes’ to God.      Here it is in a nutshell – one of my favourite verses…

He has told you oh man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

I’m excited to see what this New Year holds for us!

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