Yes it is here!
I know you know that, we are 17 days into the year!
It isn't news to anyone we have entered a New Year, but to me it is still fresh.
All the promises of a new year wait before us.
Three birthdays in our home already this month, declaring new things. Teenager years left behind for our son who turned 20. For the first time in 19 years we will have a gap in our home without a teenager. What has 32 years, and 19 of those with teens, taught me? Well it has taught me to keep my mouth shut when it comes to advising others on how to raise their children. The truth is, each family works differently. There isn't a guide book that works the same way for us all. There is God and His Word, for all of us imperfect and sinful parents raising sinful children in a fallen world.
Our youngest son turned double digits, forever leaving me without a single digit child of my own. He truly is the our last child. With that fact comes some melancholy. He rejoices over growing up, while I cling to each moment. No wonder we all can tell a baby of the family. As I rejoice with him, and watch God grow him, I am so thankful God allowed us one more child adventure.
I turned the speed limit sign!!! Yes, 55!!!
The road map on my face shows me that even though society wants to tell us differently....55 isn't the new 30's or even 40's....it is 55!!!!
So welcome 2016. You already have one child's college graduation on the calendar and what more will you hold?
My word this year
What a powerful word. God already is showing me truth about this word in His Word.
My quiet times with the Lord this year have already been sweet.
The New Year started with my husband traveling to see his 100 plus young mother. God tapped me on the shoulder with this event. She was so glad to see her son. I don't remember a year that I hadn't rung in the New Year with my husband in over 39 years. In fact, when I was 16 years old, he told me that he felt the new year would hold something amazing for me. He was talking about himself! It was just 14 days into that new year that we began to date, and the rest is our story.
This New Year I gave this time to my Mother-in-law. Just her and her only son. This is what she did with him....unlike me, who goes to bed at her regular time on December 31st, she stayed up. She told him she wanted to see the ball drop. She has never missed seeing the ball drop.
At age 100, she and her son watched the ball drop and welcome in the New Year. This is one person who defines the word contentment.
I was convicted. May I not miss the memories that can be made, just by adjusting my list of how things should be this year! May I stay up late...when that makes a memory, or whatever adjustments are needed to see all what God has in store in 2016.
Happy New Year to all, I hope to be around more often in this year.