Happy New Year World!!! The turn of a year is somewhat like catnip for me I get all sorts of giddy and wide-eyed at the prospects of whats to come. There is a sense of refreshing renewal knowing that the year is a blank slate and you can make of it what you desire. New goals, fresh perspective and renewed hope are things that are available to all who want it.
This year is the perfect trifecta for me, at the turn of the calendar it is not only a new year and a new month but lo and behold it all starts on a Monday! Who doesn’t love a good brush off to I will start “x” on Monday? Today is the ultimate Monday, its the first Monday of 2018 and its January 1st! If you haven’t figured it out yet I am kind of excited for this year!!!
For me 2018 is going to be a year of being intentional. Intentional about blogging. Intentional about not digging me heels in. Intentional about being a gentler mom. Intentional about my where I put my focus. Intentional about Him. And all of that starts here, now, in this blog post, with a series of blogs called “Minute Mondays” where I can put nuggets of what I am learning from the Lord in a condensed form for you, my favorite reader to enjoy AND for me hopefully to remember.
Through the madness of the end of the year rush these last few months God has been beckoning me to come away with Him and loosen my death grip on control. I am not sure about you but there is something intoxicating and deceptively secure about believing you are in control but I have some breaking news, we aren’t in control! (Who knew?!) This is one of the most terrifyingly liberating truths that I am truly trying to lay hold of. When I fully relinquish and recognize that I am just not that powerful it allows me to live from a place of peace which causes me to be well, peaceful.
I am grateful that I am not God. I am grateful I don’t have to be like Atlas and hold the world on my shoulders. I am grateful that in the book of Colossians Paul writes, “He is before all things, and by Him ALL things hold together.” (1:17 emphasis mine) He is before the unforeseen life event that feels like it is taking you under and He is the one who is there holding you up as you navigate through the choppy seas. Fix your eyes on Him (Hebrews 12:1-3), breathe and keep moving forward. You, actually better yet, HE’S got this.
Here’s to a new year, a fresh start and remembering that 2018 is for God to hold together!