I can't believe it is 10 days into the new year already! I took a little break from the blogosphere over the holidays and the next thing I know it's mid-January! We started back to school this week, so last week was spent putting away the Christmas stuff, cleaning the house and reorganizing for the new year.
Don't you love the gift of a new year? I was thinking back over last year and all the intentions I had at the beginning of it...how some of them have become habit and some of them are going back on my list for this year. But that's ok...I'm not beating myself up over the little things that didn't happen because a lot did happen! I memorized the entire book of Colossians, I read over 25 books, I learned to lean hard on the Lord during the tough times, I was given ample opportunities to forgive and be forgiven and I stockpiled blessings as I gathered my 1,000+ gifts.
I love how every year brings with it new growth, unexpected changes and endless opportunities. But I am only able to love those things because I know that the Lord is working all things for my good. (Romans 8:28) The ability to look back allows me to see areas that need refining (or in some cases blasting) and in turn I can see buds of new growth in places where there was nothing before. God is so good and I'm so thankful that at the start of this year, He promises to be just as faithful as He was last year!
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations " 3:21-23