January is a gift, at least it feels like it is to me. Our family has no huge celebrations in that month, my part-time job has nothing major planned that month. Basically, January is a time to reflect, prioritize my goals and work on the process of what that all looks like in an ordinary day.
Coming off the holiday season this year basically felt like jumping out of a swing at the highest point and flying thru the air and coming to an abrupt stop when you land.
Actually all of 2016 felt like I was on that swing and couldn’t jump. Don’t get me wrong, as a child the swings were by far my favorite go to on the playground, soaring, pumping, leaning into the wind, all good. This last year had all the lows and all the highs and it was non-stop action. I found my attention span shortened, my body aching, my relationships suffering and my growth in my daily walk with the Lord stilted.
2016 Highlights,etc.: (only because lowlights seems like a made up word) Losing my Dad’s earthly presence. Heart shattering. Publicly sharing the gospel and sweet memories at my Dad’s memorial, priceless. Witnessing 2 sons get married, speechless. Losing touch with some family members, heartbreaking. Being given opportunities share in ministry. Humbling. Clinging to the abundant grace in the midst of it all, life sustaining. Looking back is also a look forward, as you compare where you have been and how you were carried through it all, that is where the sustaining hope comes into play.
Psalm 139 is the point of this post; it says it way more eloquently than me. Stop reading this and go read it instead, it is way more profound. God does not discover anything, He knows all about us from before we are even created. We can not escape Him or flee from Him. As I move into goal setting and prioritizing life in this quiet month that I have been gifted, my prayer for all of us is that we would ask Him to ‘Search us O God and know our heart, try us and know our anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in us, and lead us in the everlasting way.’ (Psalm 139:23-24)
The everlasting way. What matters at the end. The legacy we are building in the midst of the chaos we call daily life. More on that next time.~Teri