Wrapping paper and empty boxes fill trash containers. Toys and gifts are scattered through the house. We over-indulged on too many sweets and rich foods, and we declare that healthy eating begins today – after we eat up the leftovers, of course. There is still a week of school vacation left for children before the routine begins and we start a brand new year once again.
The day after Christmas finds me putting away the decorations and feeling relieved it’s over.
Some years I’ve just wanted it to be all over because of the heartache and disappointment I was dealing with. This year, I’ve experienced a deeper contentment, and I wonder if like the Apostle Paul I am finally learning to be content in all circumstances.
I have prayed for that. It must be an answer from my Heavenly Father who hears me and knows my heart like no other.
Some people choose a word for the coming year. I see it on blog posts as writers offer their choices and the reasons for them.
I am considering doing that this year.
I’ve been a list maker and a goal writer in the past. In some recent years, I’ve not planned much because there was no way of knowing the direction the wind was blowing Sweet William and me. It was all I could do to hold onto the mast as the storm raged. I hoped I would not get thrown overboard.
I was in the school of Learning To Be Content.
I have given myself a gift this coming week, time to relax and reflect. I will put the house in order with an uncomplicated decor. I will start my organization throughout, checking closets and drawers and trying to turn loose of things. (I realize this is not relaxing to some, but for me it is exhilarating. I’m odd, I know.)
I will prepare my bullet journal for 2017 and make an effort to guard myself from being over committed. I will plan on Sabbath rest each week and a few minutes each day to stop, sit, and let my mind wander, probably with a cup of coffee in my hand.
I will seek the face of God to know His will as I walk out my days in 2017. I will ask to walk in power and confident trust, to see His glory in the miraculous and the every day. I will try to scatter kindness to those in my path.
The Christmas celebrations are over until next year. We are taking a collective sigh of relief as life returns to something we call “normal.”
As I make tentative goals and plans, one thing I want to do is keep celebrating Jesus in my heart every day.
Once a year the world remembers the Christ Child born in Bethlehem. Remembering is necessary. Celebrating is good. Honoring Him every day of our lives is what matters.
And who wouldn’t want to spend the remainder of life on what really matters?
Welcome 2017. My God holds you in His mighty hands. He is sovereign over all my days. I can trust Him for the future.