So. I had no ‘new years’ post. I don’t think I post most of the normal times every one else does… but I BWO (blog without obligation) and I wasn’t ready to share.
Not that I’m now ready in the sense I have it all figured out. But I am ready to share some of my thought process. I have realized I am in a very scattered time of life. And am accepting of that, but at the same time still seeking to find those quiet moments of oasis and reflection and prayer amidst it all. Getting up early only works so well when you don’t always get a good night sleep and the majority of the time, the kids suddenly start waking up earlier, pushing your “wake up early” to a “wake up when its still night” time. IF you really want that moment of quiet.
Back to the reevaluating. Having read many of what others are saying, I have been inspired in a few things:
- One change at a time, and CONTINUE evaluating… it shouldn’t be a JAN 1 thing only.
- Ask God for a word for the year. I think 🙂 mine is ‘peace’ and until further notice from the One who matters, I am going with it. So I am looking up Scriptures, and meditating on all that means, could mean, should mean, etc. to me. To our family.
- I am taking this to our family. As a family… (these are fun things to do with a 5 and 9 year old, distracted by the 20 month old)… we are listening. Practicing listening prayer. 2 or 3 times a week. Its not fantastic. Sometimes it seems like a waste of time. Sometimes its frustrating. Now and then, it seems maybe we were actually listening. And sometimes God speaks. And its all worth it.
- And my own wisdom for me 🙂 Have low expectations about everything except for God and His Grace. And that includes the expectations of what I think that will look like!!
So this new year has begun, amidst games and projects and a crazy birthday party, with more quiet times, more cuddles and loving, and more early mornings. This is all I am looking for this month.
Maybe I’ll reevaluate monthly.