Woooo Hooooo! Happy New Year! As I sit here contemplating the year that has gone by, I realize if I had to describe it in one word I would say struggle. For some reason last year seemed filled with struggle: financially, physically, and emotionally. As I sit here in the early morning, reflecting on the year I have to say, “Thank you God for walking with us through the storms of the last year.” God did not calm the storms of the year but he never let go of us either. He stayed by our side and whispered words of reassurance and hope. I got you; you can do this; hang in there.
As I look forward to the New Year, I am filled with hope and excitement. I can put last year behind me. It is over and finished. I will keep the good memories and times. I will pitch the rest to the curb (they weren’t worth saving anyway). This year I will in the assurance that whatever takes place good AND bad I can trust God to walk with me and never leave me. I will live in the assurance that even the “rough patches” have to go through Gods hand before they reach me. I will sleep in the palm of God’s hand and rest in the knowledge that he loves me more than I can fathom.
I want to enjoy the moments of this year. My desire is to like the apostle Paul “I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever circumstances I am in. Whether I am working, enjoying a quiet moment, or facing a spiritual giant I want to live each moment and make the most of it. I desire to savor the good times like a delicious meal that cannot and should not be hurried through. In short I want to lie down each night knowing that I have drained each day of all it has to offer. My desire is to create many happy memories to take into 2016, if God allows, and to make a difference in the lives of those I am around. I have no desire to simply go through the motions of living I want to live.