Tuesday, January 3, 2012

new.

Happy New Year!

Harris and I have had a busy but very enjoyable winter and Christmas season together. We have traveled to visit family, shared some sweet memories of our own, skied the slopes of West Virginia with high schoolers, and brought in the new year with the Auburn tigers (who else?). No matter what we do, I'm loving this time of our life as we experience all the "firsts", even the busy or mundane ones.

Call me a dreamer, but for whatever reason, I feel like the year 2012 has a lot in store. Of course it does, it's a whole year! I just feel as though we have entered into a year of change, adaptation, hope and discovery. I have no idea what the Lord has in store for our life together but I know that we will be seeking His face as we pray about what He will have us do.

Each week at work I recieve a newsletter - this week's newsletter has the verse Jeremiah 29:11-13:

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

I know that the wise leaders of our ministry thought about the meaning of this verse as it relates to the new year, and I feel as though it could not have been more perfect for a time of new beginnings! God knows the plan and He has our best intentions in mind; when we feel afraid or unsure of that plan, He is ready to comfort.

I tend to avoid making new years resolutions for knowledge of the fact that I rarely keep them past the first week of the year. I tend to shoot for the moon and raise the bar beyond my reach. I tend to leave no room for grace. This year, I will choose to change my perspective on the whole concept of resolutions. This year, my "resolution" is as simple as the first few lines of a beautiful song we sing in church:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His Glory and Grace.

That is my new perspective. Remind me of it when I reach a point of forgetting.

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