Happy New Year, friends! It is 2014! The new year arrived with little ceremony in our home, and I am perfectly content with that. On New Year's Eve day, our little family enjoyed lunch at Olive Garden followed by some gift card and window shopping. We were home early enough for Michael to watch his football game. McKayla and I read our book and were asleep well before midnight.
As far as New Year's resolutions, I didn't make any. I have found that if there is a change I want to make, it takes more than a new year to make it happen. I also don't want to make a list goals on January 1 that I don't end up checking off and get discouraged.
Someone posted this picture on Instagram the other day and I saved it to my phone:
I don't remember who posted it or why I felt drawn to it, but I am glad I saved it. I looked back at it several times, then I made it the screensaver on my phone. It struck a chord with me and really opened my eyes.
You see, I have things in my life that I HATE. (I know hate is a strong word, but it is really how I feel.) These things hurt my family, they strain my marriage, and there are times when I literally feel like they are going to eat me alive. It is poison.
This year, I want to memorize this verse and say it when those things begin to bother me. I want to think about things that are true and right. Things that are noble and admirable. Things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Things that are pure. Things that are LOVELY.
I know that God has a plan for my life and my family. I know he loves us more than I can fathom. And I know that the things that are hard are shaping us to be the Christians that He wants us to be.
I also know that I am human - and without Him, I will completely fall apart. So, in 2014, I want my focus to be on Philippians 4:8 and whatever is lovely.