Today is New Year's Day, a day of resolutions, of reflecting on 2012 and thinking of ways to make 2013 even better. I recently read a blog post about choosing a word for the year. I've decided to make my word "PEACE." A search on Bible Gateway yielded 249 verses including this word, so I think I have a lot of reading and meditating to do! The above verse from Phillipians came immediately to mind, as does the reference to the fruit of the spirit:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. "
We have now moved to such a serene environment, there is peace surrounding us, and I want there to be peace IN us. The Prince of Peace, as He is called in Isaiah 9:6, wants soooo much to give me His peace:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
My husband agrees with me that this would be a great "word" for 2013, although I think he is thinking more along the lines of, "A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel."--Proverbs 15:18. I definitely need to work on that, too. :)
So looking back on 2012, the highlights/lowlights were:
- hearing God's guidance to move back to North Carolina and planning for that big move
- my dad taking a job in China
- my mother in law retiring from her teaching ministry
- my dear cousins adopting sweet baby Reagan, a long-awaited blessing
- fellowship with the BEST CHURCH EVER, New Life Christian Fellowship
- moving to North Carolina
- leaving behind a great job and service but starting a new job that brings me so much joy and peace
- graduating from the National Health Service Corps, finally
- our son being diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, and autism-spectrum disorder
- buying our first house and moving in
- my sister getting pregnant, yay!
Looking ahead to 2013, I hope to:
- get plugged into my new church, Chapel Hill Bible Church
- make some new girlfriends and "couple" friends and reconnect with some friends I haven't seen in a few years
- work out at least 3 times a week
- read my Bible every day, even if just a page from my devotional, "Jesus Calling"
- teach my children how to love the Word of God
- learn how better to help Jackson succeed in life
- date my husband more
- be an aunt!!
- learn how to keep up a home