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!