2013 was a year of anticipation for me. Aaron and I entered the year running head on into fixing our marriage, a brand new job for the Post Man, and excitement that finally we'd be debt free, healthy, and happy. I knew that we had no where to go but up, and I knew that God would show us his love and faithfulness in new ways. God led me to Ephesians 3:20-21 as my theme verse for 2013.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
All I can say is that God proved those verses to us over and over again. He provided for us- physically, mentally, emotionally, financially. Over and over again. And yet, the last few days as I've been seriously thinking about putting down my new goals and theme verse(s) on paper, all I can think about is where I've failed this last year. The goals I set for myself that I did not meet. I started getting discouraged that I, not only didn't lose weight, but I gained. I can't say my house has stayed any cleaner in 2013 than all the years before. We became debt free early in 2013 and then accrued debt again. All these failures have clouded my vision and created so much white noise I was having a hard time concentrating on getting new goals down for this year. All I was hearing was "why make goals when you don't reach them"?
I mentioned it briefly on Facebook and a friend suggested I use the word "focus" as a theme this year. I'd already been praying about Philippians 1:10 as theme verse and as soon as I read what she mentioned, it was like a light bulb went on. So... in 2014 my them word is-
And my theme verse is Philippians 1:10 (NLT)-
For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
Once I have my list of goals completed, maybe I'll get them up so you can see them. I'm still praying about the place this blog has in my life right now. It was quickly becoming something it shouldn't have been- a time consuming point of comparison to the rest of the blogosphere out there. It was stressing me out and stealing my joy. When (or if) God gives me the correct focus and direction for the blog again (and I can carve out the time) I'll be back.
Happy New Year!