Merry Christmas (a few weeks late) and Happy New Year!
Here’s a picture of our family at church on Christmas Eve. It’s been so long since we’ve actually gotten a picture together as a family and it kind of shocked me to see how tall my kids have gotten!
So 2016 is here, the kids have been back to school for a week now, and I guess it’s time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I feel God calling me in this new year.
Although I just posted in December about these verses having been laid upon my heart last year, I feel God continuing to tell me I need to keep these in focus for 2016.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This is what I wrote in my prayer journal a few days ago – so that I could put these themes into practice in my life.
Rejoice always – find joy in being present with my people (not being distracted by to-do lists or technology), live life to the full as if today is my last day (John 10:10), focus on the positive
Pray continually – continue to spend time with God each morning, get better at seeking Him during the day before responding/reacting to situations, pray instead of worry, make a habit of praying as a couple
Give thanks – continue my thankfulness journal, search for the good that God might bring out of every situation, be content with what and to where God has brought me
Feel free to remind me of these throughout the year if you think I’ve forgotten!
Where do you feel God calling you to focus your energy in 2016?