The countdown is on.

Everybody’s fed and comfortable and the hats and noisemakers are ready. This year has been a rollercoaster at moments, but I’m so thankful for the joy provided by the hills and the lessons learned in the midst of  the valleys. I’m so thankful to see all of my family and friends growing and learning and becoming more of the wonderful people they are. Thanks to all of you great people who have joined me this past year. I look forward to seeing you in 2012!

The gift of time.

My husband saw that I was a little down today, so he took the kids out for a little while.  The house has got to be the quietest that it has been in the last two weeks. When my husband offered to give me these precious moments, I was really resistant, but right now, I am truly thankful for them.

The illusion of control.

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27 NIV)

Sometimes, all I can do is work as hard as I can, hope for the best and be prepared for the worst because I have absolutely no control over the situation. I am thankful that in these situations I can trust in a God Who will always make things work for my best.

My word for 2012.

1. something done or performed.
2. energetic activity.

Action is the foundational key to all success – Pablo Picasso
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  – James 2:17 (NKJV)

Every year, I choose a word that will help keep me motivated to live a better life. It is sort of like a really brief form of mission statement. It usually has some other words of inspiration attached so I can channel them when I’m in danger of heading in the wrong direction. This week, when my sister and I talked about New Year’s Resolutions, mine was simple. I wanted to finish the things that I start. At first I was going to use the word do, but the word action beckoned to me from the Picasso quote. Somehow, it appeared more powerful and deliberate than do. I can feel it having an impact already.