There is a basket in my house full of notes and sheets of half finished letters and posts to you. Knowing I only posted a handful of times this year bothers me; however when I did write,... you read and shared. Thank you. This letter is my attempt at sharing with you my New Year's Resolutions. My attempt to encourage you in this new year, 2017! First, let me recap 2016 for you. If you care to read....
(Link to a post written during this time)
In many ways we were vulnerable and exhausted ....; yet we were indescribably happy and content. Tom completed one of the most rigorous police academies in the nation and at the age of 45! I cannot be more proud and thankful for him.
The rest of the year seemed to be a blur of a "new" ordinary. Often he came home with interesting stories , at least they were to us ; however these quickly became his "ordinary". My ordinary consisted of one of the hardest things I've ever done...Home schooling!!!
All in all, I'm sure my year was a lot like yours with the bills, the sickness , the news , the waiting, the correction, the blessings, and much prayer. Really we each have stories to tell, and an Ebeneezer to raise.
Many things were captured by my camera as you have seen.
Looking back, 2016 was a year full of change, pleasures, and sorrows. I am thankful for the year past and the future in the year to come.
My most fulfilling years have been when my New Year's Resolutions consisted of more than just temporal goals. When I determined to live by a chosen verse and make spiritual goals, God took my time and blessed my living.
This year my verse is...
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Yes, it is a verse that has been known for quite sometime, but this year, I want to understand it and live it. This will be very personal for me. It pertains more to my thoughts than any outward habits. You see, the "what if's" have begun pushing their way to the front of my thoughts. The risks and fear associated with my husband's job have progressively become more real to me. Perhaps now I can say, "I'm not the rookie's wife anymore." Tom has been an officer for a whole year. While I know that doesn't make me any kind of expert, it does make me more experienced than I was. After our little drama this past September, and the reports throughout the year concerning the Blue family, I need to train my mind on trusting God, counting blessings, naming those grace moments, and storing up strength for what if's God might call us or our family(s) through.
Will you continue to magnify the Lord with me in the ordinary days and in ordinary ways in spite of incomprehensible responsibilities and sorrows? Two Thousand Seventeen awaits!