Everybody loves a thankful kid. To be thankful and have a heart like a child, that’s my desire! Papa God has blessed me with so much in 2014; I want to pause and mention some of the things that make me smile as I look back over the highlights of the year:
- Our newest grandbaby’s arrival in the spring.
- Celebrating our 43rd anniversary in Mexico and enjoying an afternoon sightseeing, stopping for lunch and being serenaded at a Mexican Cantina.
- It took all summer, but I was able to paint my kitchen cabinets white! I think I know the words to every Rod Stewart song on my IPod.
- Fun days of preparation, cooking, planning and choosing costumes for our daughter’s birthday bash last fall when she turned the big four-o. It was wonderful to celebrate with family and friends traveling by far to be with us!
- The beauty of attending a six-week seminar at church with my spouse called “Cleansing Stream.” The experience was the catalyst to communicate better for us and love more deeply ridding ourselves of soulish patterns that make us stumble.
- Our neighborhood make-over, not only in maintaining our country road but maintaining friendships as well.
- Keeping current with fellow bloggers, interacting, reading and learning from them how to write better!
2014 was a year I learned to rest. Not in “like a nap” but in letting go when I can’t maneuver the final outcome. Often throughout the year, I felt like I was in a hammock with God. Matthew 11:30 says: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The coming year is ushering in a new understanding of God’s Grace. I’m seeing it already. My promise calendar arrived, the one that has a scripture for the start of every day. The theme this year is no surprise: “A Year of Grace.” It confirms what I heard in my spirit. I look forward to all that I am going to learn about God's grace.
I read a beautiful devotional this week about grace. It ended with this question: “Name the thing I’m hoping for this coming year that can only be accomplished by God’s grace.” I’d love to hear your answers! Think big; we have a big God!