Friday, December 31, 2010

Finishing Well

I have spent some time this morning evaluating 2010.

Did I live true to my values and goals?

As I talked to my husband about the year, he encouraged me to get out my journal and write these things did I provide hospitality this year? How did I grow as a homemaker? Did I find time for my hobbies? What trips did we take? Did I bear fruit? Did I obey the promptings of the Spirit?

Taking a soul-inventory is so good and refreshing. I am amazed at the faithfulness of God in my life and the grace that shows up day by day, moment by moment. Staying focused is how I would describe 2010 for me. I stayed very true to my vision for being a wife, mother, and child of God...not perfect, bumps along the way, but overall I think I have finished the year well.

And 2011?

This is my Year of Presence. My heart yearns to practice the Presence of Jesus turn quickly to Him in stress, in soul-tumult, in praise for the good, in thankfulness, in all things. I want my default-setting to be dependence/trust in Jesus...not anger or fear or dismay.

Jesus is to be my First Thought not my afterthought.

And I want to give Presence to others. My time to my husband...loving and serving him well. My undistracted attention to my children. An open, available heart to my friends...and really being there for them and with them. I want to stop my hoarding mindset when it comes to availability...and to trust Him that as I give He will keep filling and overflowing His Presence in and through me.

This will most certainly touch on the deeper, selfish places of my heart.

But what is life except He and His People?

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Rachel Hauser said...

Your words about focusing on "presence" both His and yours for others is beautiful. May He bless you and keep you and make it be so.

dmoms said...

such a good choice for your word this year. Mine is "more" - which means a lot of things to me including more of Him - less of me.

Craig said...

Found you from Ann’s.

First, I heart that you discussed your year with your husband – just heart that.

And your word is special, “to practice the Presence of Jesus daily”. I want that too.

And these are amazing words, your “default-setting to be dependence/trust in Jesus...not anger or fear or dismay.” Amen

I have prayed today for your year of “presence” to be a holy one.

God Bless and Keep you and yours.

laurel said...

I love spending time reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new year. And I love that you sat and talked with Mike about this. I think your focus for the new year is great. Mine is somewhat similar. And I am so glad you were able to look back over 2010 and see that you were stayed on the task at hand, and on your goals.

Cherry said...

Coming over from Ann's ... loved reading your words here, and also, your one word for the New Year. And I like this... "Jesus is to be my first thought, not my after-thought". Thanks for sharing!

Kimmy said...


Always inspiration when I come here... makes me happy...

~ kim

Ann Kroeker said...

Love this, Aimee. And do you know that I wrote and published my Mega Memory Month post today (about finishing well) before seeing the title of this post!

Kim said...

Came over from Ann's. Thank you for your words...especially these...

I want my default-setting to be dependence/trust in Jesus...not anger or fear or dismay.

I'll hold those in my heart this week. May you feel his presence deeply and fully, and may you be his presence to others.

Prairie Chick said...

I love this post, Amy. It resonates so deeply with me. My word for 2011 is LOVE but in the same way and for the same reasons that you list about PRESENCE. I love your word. Love, love, love it.