|My son took this picture while walking in the woods with his dad.
He printed it and framed it for me for Christmas.
It sits on my desk as a daily reminder of God’s faithful presence that shines in unexpected ways.
My friend Beth K. Vogt gave up making resolutions. Instead she chooses one word and focuses on that word throughout the year. She’s been doing it for a number of years and said it has changed her life.
I’ve chosen one word since 2009.
2009 was the Year of Change.
- Hubby lost his long-term job due to economic downsizing.
- I graduated college.
- Our older son graduated high school.
- Our son headed off to college.
- I finaled in the ACFW Genesis contest.
2010 was the Year of New Opportunities
- I signed with Rachelle Gardner.
- Hubby started college.
- Tina James requested my full manuscript.
2011 was the Year of Hope.
- I signed my first book contract.
- Hubby graduated college.
- Hubby started a new temporary job.
- I signed a second book contract.
- Hubby’s temporary job ended.
- My mother had major heart surgery & recovered well.
During our Ladies Christmas Luncheon, my friend Kathy spoke about Belief versus Hope. She said, “When we hope for something, we look forward with desire and reasonable confidence. When we believe, we are confident and have faith in something. Jesus is the Gift of Hope for all mankind. Once you accept Him, move beyond hope and into belief to show others who Jesus is. You may be the only Bible someone reads.”
I pondered her words for weeks after her talk. We talk about hope, but I love what she said about moving beyond hope and into believe to show others who Jesus is. Others are watching us and how we react to our situations. I have to admit I’ve been a poor model to follow. I spent several months frustrated and discouraged. I lost my joy.
But God is good. He reminded me of His grace, His goodness in many unexpected ways.
This morning I wrote my one word for 2012 in my gratitude journal given by my friend Susan as a Christmas gift.
2012 will be the Year of Faith for me. Faith in God’s promises. Faith in God’s provision. Faith in God’s protection.
Hubby is being considered for a new job. Our older son is making a new academic major change–leaving college to enroll in culinary school. Our younger son is a senior in high school and pondering his choices after graduation. I’m hoping to sell more books to my editor.