So I had a five minute opening, but what profound can you write about a year in five minutes? I’m at the family farm today, mothering seven children (more to come on that but God bless you big family mommas).
It’s cold. The rain is coming. But I feel incredibly blessed.
We are all, relatively, healthy. We had a good year. We didn’t lose any of our loved ones. We didn’t lose any jobs. We stayed in our homes, our schools, our churches, our jobs, our lives. That stability, for me, is this great gift. Yet I look ahead and I know there’s going to be a lot of newness and change in 2013. It is exciting, but unnerving too. Do you know that feeling? The adrenaline rush and the pit in your stomach before the bungee cord drops. You know the cord is there, but still the pit in your stomach.
I am excited to see what your journey looks like for 2013. The plans God will be revealing bit by bit in your lives as He shares His vision in my family’s lives. I love this from Isaiah 43 for the New Year’s: This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
No matter what your 2012 looked like, 2013 is a new thing. He has a plan and a purpose. And He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jer. 31) Don’t you know that is a God that is full of goodness for you in 2013?
My five minutes are up. Lunch must be made. Noses need to be wiped. Thanks will be given.