Instead I think I will list some things I am looking forward to in the New Year. It just seems a bit more fun and there's a lot less disappointment...
* First, I am looking forward to developing my relationship with Christ. This last year has been a whirlwind spiritually for me, but a few times the Lord spoke to me so clearly and I look forward to more of that in the coming year. My sister's pastor was recently talking about trusting God's heart for us, and I trust that God's heart is for me to grow more in my intimacy with Him. I can't wait to see how He does that, even if it may be a little painful.
* I am looking forward to playing with the kids more. I am excited about tea parties, red light/green light, Mario Kart, and getting into chapter books. I'm actually even getting a little giddy about maybe doing some yard projects, like keeping a garden.
* I am looking forward to reenergizing my marriage. With the kids so close together and Simeon being so young our relationship has seemed to take a back seat, and this year, I am very excited to get things back on course.
* I can't wait to pay off our car and be totally debt free, except for the mortgage.
* I am looking forward to dumping the final few pounds of baby weight and finally being rid of the muffin top.
* I'm excited about becoming more organized and continuing to maintain the "less is more" attitude when it comes to my "stuff".
* I am looking forward to understand Judah and getting him the help he needs so he feels understood.
* I am looking forward to meeting Lincoln where he is at and not expecting him to be someone he is not.
* I am looking forward to Brooklyn's first hair cut and developing my feminine side with my daughter.
* I am looking forward to every precious baby moment I can savor with Simeon.
* I am looking forward to developing my friendships with the friends who have sustained me this last year and helped to keep me above water (Cindi, Amelia, Jenni) and to being able to give back to them the same way they have given to me.
* I look forward to reestablishing friendships with those who's lives have gone in different directions but whom I still love very much.
*I look forward to actually maintaining this blog.
I'm sure the longer I sit here the longer my list will become. But for now...those are a few of the things I have to look forward to for the next year.
My cousin's wife keeps a blog, www.passionatehomemaking.com. Today she posted these questions...in case you need more to think about.
Donald Whitney says:
Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.
Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
- What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
- What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
- What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
- In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
- What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
- What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
- For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
- What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
- What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
- What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?