Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year!


I love the clean slate of a New Year. It just feels so good.  All the bright and cheery Christmas decorations are removed and packed away, and I like to leave my surfaces clean and bare in January.  A calmness in surroundings for the eyes and heart.

I have spent time the past few days reflecting on 2011.  I love taking the time to evaluate where my heart has been, how I've grown and where I need change and tweaking.  It is encouraging to see growth each year and to record God's faithfulness to love and sustain even in the midst of storms.

No big resolutions or goals for 2012.  Simply to continue the goals and ways of living that I already value.  I do want to produce higher-quality work in my crafting and finish two quilts that I started last year.  I want to continue the valuable habit of rising early in the morning and walking in an attitude of gratitude.  Take lots of photos. Embroider more. Read aloud to my kids. Plan some good unit studies. Go on a vacation or two.

I am re-reading Sally Clarkson's book Seasons of a Mother's Heart. Chapter 1 has convinced me that my word for 2012 will be CONTENT.  Choosing to be content when the reality of life doesn't match my ideals.  Contentedness when my expectations aren't met due to the limitations of living in a fallen world, of having a large family, of homeschooling, etc.  A Content Spirit in the midst of chaos, messes, and all of the "undone" that happens as a mother of many. Only grace and trusting in God's sovereign goodness will get me there!

May you have clarity and peace with where God is leading and growing you.  May you see His generous hand in your life in the dailiness and enjoy the moment-by-moment gifts that He gives.  And may we all give each other grace and love as we go!

8 comments:

Lori Alexander said...

I LOVE those underlined words from that book. Learning to rest in Jesus and His will for us...that is what we need to do!

Blessings,
Lori

One Acre Follies said...

Thank you very much for the words from the book. It was just what I needed tonight! Love how God does that. Now if only I can remember!!

jAne said...

oh yes...

contentedsparrow said...

why do i NOT own that book? i just want to curl up with it right now. only three minutes ago, i was sitting here in the homeschool room, overwhelmed, discouraged, asking myself, "can i really, truly keep doing this?" i think maybe He was trying to tell me something through your post....
....i'm off to search Him out.
thanks, aimee.
xoxo

Laryssa Herbert said...

Thank you so much. I really needed this today.

Laura said...

oh, yes, Aimee-this has proved true over and over again. And, I've forgotten it again and again. So glad what's true remains when my feeble mind slips.

Sara said...

I would love to read that book. Thanks for sharing those words. Being content is something we have to actively choose to do, and it is something this mama of six needs to pursue this year as well.

Bennett and McConnell Family said...

Oh Aimee, thank you, I *needed* to read that passage you underlined. What a great post. I LOVE your word for the year!!!