Last night when we went to bed, it was a brand new year – 2012. For the first time in awhile, I feel happy and hopeful as I see a new year stretch before us. I don’t know what 2012 is going to hold, but I think it will be good – not easy, necessarily, but good.
I feel sure that we are loved and that our Father is a good God who has a plan for us. Even as I feel hopeful, I have a nagging feeling that there will be suffering, because we do live in a real world, with real people, and illnesses and tragedies, and sin, but we have a God who says he will never leave us or forsake us. Paul wrote that nothing can separate us from His love.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38 – 39
It’s not that life has gotten super easy, or that we have seen such dramatic healing in our children that we feel like our old selves. It’s more that we are finding our way, we are finding balance. We’re getting better at seeing the entire family and making decisions that are healthy for everyone. There was a time when we needed to be laser-focused on a couple of children, but now we are stepping back and looking at the larger picture of the whole and not just the parts.
Last night we celebrated New Year’s Eve with our traditional grilled burgers, fries, and homemade milkshakes. Then more young people joined us and we kicked off Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan games. We listened to a little music,ate some fun snacks, and toasted with a bit of champagne at midnight. Somewhere in the evening we had a quick and dramatic bonfire with our Christmas tree. I was reminded of the importance of watering the tree and having working smoke detectors in our home. Let’s just say that our tree burned very hot and very quickly.
I have so much to be thankful for as I see 2011 close and 2012 stretching before me all bright and shiny.
#611 – 620 giving thanks
young people filling our home last night
listening to my children say what they were most thankful for in 2011
and what they are most hopeful for in 2012
kicking off the first day of 2012 by going to church
Noah – who helped me pack Christmas away
lots of coffee this morning
one more day with Sweet Pea home
more donations to The Water Fight – more wells to be dug
lives saved by clean water
the assurance that the year will be just want God wants it to be for our family
What is one thing you are thankful for from 2011? What is one thing you are hopeful for or most anticipate in 2012?
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