When I think about a New Year, I can't help but stop and thank God for all the blessings He brought my family in 2008. He has given me the most selfless, hard-working, and patient man I could have ever asked for and I know I often take that for granted. Our two boys are another blessing that amazes me every day. I was thinking earlier today that I think we understand a little bit more about God's love when we have our own children and it makes me appreciate the sacrifice He made for me even more. Having an awesome extended family that loves spending time together is something for which I am grateful. Also, I thank God for jobs, a home, and all the many, many other blessings He continues to give. I couldn't imagine if I had to live next year without Him in my life. Good thing we don't have to worry about that!
I don't really like to make "resolutions," because I always seem to break them. So, I won't make "resolutions," but rather goals. This year, first and foremost, I hope to get to know God in a much closer way than I ever have before. I intend to read my bible, study, and pray more every day. I also want to be a more devoted wife and mother because I believe that is what God has called me to do. I want to spend more quality time appreciating the ones I love. Lastly, I would like to exercise more (well any at all would be more I guess) and make better choices about what I eat.
That pretty much sums up my "goals" for the year. As we embrace this new year, I leave you with this verse:
"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven."