It’s funny how many turns a year can take, isn’t it? I guess that’s just part of life. And I can’t even handle that it’s nearly mid-December. But I am so glad that God promises us in Proverbs 3:6 that if we acknowledge him, he will make our paths straight.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you may know I set goals at the beginning of every year. I never posted them, but here were my goals for 2015:
- After losing a paycheck and feeling like my house (and in turn my mind) were basically in chaos, one of my goals was to (daily) make sure my kitchen table and dining room table were cleaned off. In January, I did great. In the same vein, I wanted to reduce clutter so I joined a clutter free challenge (link here in case you’re interested) and it went really well. With each piece of “stuff” I got rid of, I felt free-er and lighter. Then life happened. Ha! You should see my kitchen table this morning, piled up with papers and books and bags and mail, and whatever else my kids dropped there!! But in between there has been what my favorite author, Lysa Terkeurst, calls “imperfect progress”.
- Another of the things I wanted to work on this year was being a more constant pray-er. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually” and I really wanted to have a more constant connection with God in my daily life. Again, there has been imperfect progress here.
- Enjoy life more. I tend toward seriousness and I wanted to lighten up a little. One way was to try to play more games with my kids and that has definitely added a bit of fun to our lives. We’ve been playing backgammon a lot this year and now my two youngest usually beat me!
As 2015 wore on and I was having some health issues, I added another focus for the year – to be more content and thankful for what I have. Laying on the couch all of July made me realize that there is so much to life that I take for granted!!
So here’s what’s so neat about the way God works. As my kids started school in September and I was struggling to get everything in order (even the kitchen table!). I was going to write 1 Thessalonians 5:17 on my chalkboard in the kitchen so I would be reminded to abide with God each moment during week. As I looked it up, I read the whole passage:
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.”
Isn’t that interesting? I started just with intentionally working on just verse 17 at the beginning of the year but what God has really been working in me has been all of verses 16-18! Through the course of the year these themes of rejoicing, prayer, and thankfulness have just been rewritten on my heart over and over again.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Amen and amen!