So I guess I’m at the other end of the spectrum I haven’t even considered to start my year with a resolution. Alternatively, in my life words and bible verses have been what has come to my mind and not necessary at the beginning of the year. Sometimes they have come after a great tragedy just like in 2014 the year that our unborn daughter died. I had this biblical verse that I kept seeing everywhere.
“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 hope and a future”.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version
Last year “Joy “came to my mind and became the word of the year. One thing that I have learned in life is that is not necessary to be in a good situation in order to have joy. During many moments life has thrown me a curve ball and I have been able to smile. I have been able to cry and a second later feel joy for what this world has to offer, for what people are open to doing.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:26,27 New International Version
I tend to worry easily, I think is hereditary from my mother’s side of the family. I believe that in some way worry equals love and care. I have been working in that area of my life and now I have learned to worry less when I leave things to God in my prayers. I won’t say that I’m “laid back”, but I can sincerely say that I’m improving. I was able to keep my faith during the time that Mark was out of job and even the short period of time that we both didn’t have job. Times of sickness have been harder to deal with, but that hope and knowledge that God plans are not to harm me have come to pass and I have been able to build strength when the days look grey.
I purposely chose a word for this year. I chose “Expectancy”: the state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something pleasant, will happen or be the case. We are never sure of what is ahead of us, but I want to expect the best. I rest as I wait with an open mind and increase in awareness of my surroundings. And yes, sometimes the chaotic moments come to meet us. In the last few weeks I had my child with a weird virus that didn’t allow him to keep food in his tummy, my husband’s grandmother got ill and my grandma as well. Thankfully everybody is back on the mend again and as I reflect on those days, I have realized that is is not easy, but I choose to integrate that word into my life and keep expecting the best for this year that just took off.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
Psalm 62:5 New International Version