I always love a fresh start. A new beginning. Another chance. I think my mind is trained from school- especially college- to think that this new beginning happens twice a year….I think of life in semesters! In reality, everyday we have a chance for a new beginning. But I do think it’s worthwhile to ponder what we might can do differently in the year ahead.
So as we approach this beginning of a new year, not much will change for me that I can see as of now. No new classes. No new job. The family and I will continue our “normal” life- whatever that means- and the tendency will be there for me to not really do anything differently than I have been.
I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions because I don’t like the thought of getting 3 weeks into the year and nothing has changed….or getting to the end of the year and seeing those things not realized in my life. “10 lbs lost”….and the 10 lbs is still there. “Read these books”….and the books are half-read, at best, at the end of the year. “Keep the house clean”….ha ha ha. 🙂
What I have done the past few years is to pray about the year ahead and ask the Lord to reveal to me verses from scripture- to highlight a one or a few for me- that He would have me to be about in the upcoming year. And He really does seem to hit home that theme in my life that year. His hand refines.
As of right now, one word comes to my mind and heart for this upcoming year: freedom. Freedom from a lot of things. Freedom from comparison. Such a joy-stealer and isn’t it so easy for us as moms to do? Please tell me I’m not the only one! I never end up on the good side of that comparison…even if I did, I shouldn’t do it, but all it leads to is me getting down on myself for not doing what I think I should be doing as a mom (and I won’t even get into as a HOMESCHOOL mom…that is on a whole other level). Freedom to be secure in who I am in Christ.The person He has made me. The giftings he has (or has not) given me. Freedom from emotional eating.Enough said about that one. 🙂 Freedom to LOVE and PRAY deeply and fervently for the blessing of God in others lives, even when I may see it withheld in my life. This can happen only when I am constantly trusting His love for me and my family, knowing that He is reigning rightly and justly and with love. Didn’t we just sing that song many times in December… “He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness…and wonders of His love…”
I am sure there are MANY other things that I need freedom from, and I am praying that the Lord will reveal those to me over time.
Father, I pray for anyone reading this and for myself….Lord, that we would experience the freedom from whatever hinders us in pursuing You. Help us to throw off these hindrances and the sin that so easily entangles, and to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our great High Priest, the Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Prince of Peace. More of You, less of me.