Saturday, December 31, 2011

...And A Happy New Year!

Another year is ending and I am, as I am each day,
 overwhelmed with amazement at what God has done for me in the last 365 days.

Has he miraculously delivered my body from an incurable illness?
No. But I believe He can if it is His will.
Has He, in His infinite power, brought me and my family into a lifestyle of wealth and richness,
able to buy anything our hearts desire?
No. Not by the worlds standards. Not monetarily.
Has he given me a year of raising perfectly behaved children,
with no road bumps along our homeschooling journey?
No. Definitely and assuredly... NO!

What He has given me is experience and time.
Another year of learning how to be the wife, mother, teacher, mentor, sister, daughter,
 photographer, friend and business owner He would have me be.
He has given me peace that surpasses all understanding.
I can honestly say, when I lay my head down at night, because of Him,
I can sleep, be well rested, and wake with purpose.

We all face challenges along the way on this journey through life.
At the end of the day, we all have our own story to tell...
our own personal and unique set of circumstances.

When the year ends and the new one begins, if we honestly evaluate ourselves,
each and every one of us have a list of things we would have done differently.
"I should have guarded my time, used it more wisely...I should have been more disciplined...
I should have done the work I needed to do to get to the place I know I could be...
I should have been more patient and understanding...I should have taken that path instead..."

Whatever it is we think we should or should not have done differently,
 the fact is, the year has come and gone.
But today is a new day.

I have found, that even though those yearly "big picture" goals are very important,
the real nucleus of the challenge exists in my daily choices.

For example:
If I want to lose 10 pounds in a month,
 there have to be daily goals,
 decisions put into action throughout the day,
every hour, minute, and even every second,
 in order to obtain that goal.

Envisioning the big picture, is usually the easy part.
It's the little, every day things that pose the biggest challenge.

There are opinions and voices coming from all around us,
from pulpits and stages across the nation, from our neighbors, from our friends and family,
from bosses and co-workers, from the White House, from Hollywood... everywhere.

This is the year to focus on our relationship with God.
To trust fully in Him. Not in others, and not in ourselves. In Him alone.
Growing closer to Him and developing a stronger communication with our Lord.
When we focus on Him, lean on Him, rather than our own understanding,
everything else will fall into place.

 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
 and all these things shall be added unto you."
~ Matthew 6:33

An image from my last photo shoot of the year. A sweet one year old baby girl.
 Happy New Year!!!

2 comments:

  1. Amen! What an encouraging post! I love your perspective. :-) I'm so thankful for a God that starts each day anew, full of grace, forgiveness, hope, and promise. Happy New Year!

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  2. HE is definately AMAZING!!! Happy New Year to you as well!!!

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