I love January 1st... I can honestly say I haven't gained too much weight this year, or swiped too many bites of chocolate, or had too much caffeine... no, I've been a good girl this year. All um... 16+ hours of it already.
I don't make New Year's resolutions because I don't keep New Year's resolutions. They tend to have been forgotten by the end of January. I do, however, spend a few days at the beginning of the year in the Word, in prayer... pondering, asking, questioning, listening for wisdom... my annual mid-course correction time.
For by the end of the fourth season, I often find myself off course and in desperate need of Guidance. While I enjoyed the Christmas season very much, I could oh so tell I was wavering... tossing to and fro in life's ocean. There was the presence of tension in the background of my life, an unsettled soul... and the reason escaped me.
It's not just me. I was taking the ornaments from the Christmas tree today (the last post-Christmas project as I loved the way the tree looked this year) and chatting with Christopher at the same time. I reminded him he must not continue to let everything come in the way of spending time in the Word and asking for guidance. For this is the time of life he is making the "big" decisions, those that affect... everything.
I felt a bit hypocritical as I have done the same thing, let the non-essentials of life crowd out that which should be the most important. I plan to spend time over the next week writing out quick notes and then permanently placing them in my scrapbook journal. Hopefully, finding ways to make those course corrections.
I have a feeling 2009 is going to be a year in which we all need to have our lives fully anchored. There are areas in need of correcting. So far all I know is that I want to return to a regular reading program. Eating more fresh fruit and veggies is a no brainer. I must remember to... hope.
I'm planning on getting away at a coffee shop in the morning (thus, the picture above... although quite a different climate as that shown). I'll put pen to paper and scribble ideas as they come, scribbles which only I can read. I (God willing) will find some guidance while sipping coffee and nibbling a scone... coffee and quiet times are quite the combination which often bring Wisdom.
Picture: Morning Glory Coffee Shop: allposters.com