Even though the bed was comfortable and I didn’t want to rise, I got up with my husband at 4:30 am this morning. He had to go to work and I really wanted to get my Bible reading in before the boys woke up. I’m glad I did. I’ve had time to pray, journal, and read my Bible.
Honestly, I was in tears as I prayed this morning and wrote down my thoughts. I’ve been a little emotional over the past few days – I think it’s a combination of women’s hormones and I tend to be a little blue after Christmas (gasp!). Even we overly optimistic folks have our down days!
One thing I wrote about this morning was that if 2016 had been my last year on earth, what would I have hoped to accomplish? My #1 thought is that I want my kids to love Jesus and know that He loves them. As cheesy as it sounds, that’s really it. I feel like I’ve been somewhat successful in teaching them about Him, but I have lots of room for improvement. Just last night, Ezra was asking where the devil lives – he thought he was put somewhere by God (I assume hell is what he was thinking). I told him that the devil is on the earth for now, but one day, God is going to put him in his place forever more. I’m glad these topics come up so I can tell him the Biblical truth about things.
I’ve seen lots of people posting about how glad they are that 2016 is coming to a close. I’ve seen a lot of “F” bombs about 2016. It hurts my feelings. We should be thankful for each day God has given us. It’s OK to be optimistic about the coming year, but couldn’t it be so much worse??? Honestly folks, we don’t appreciate how good we’ve got it and I think it’s time that someone points out how blessed we are. Even in the worst of your life, as an American, you still have it so much better than most people on earth. Food on your table, clean drinking water, heat in the winter, a car to drive…come on! And yet we gripe and moan about how bad it is. Shame on us.
As we close out this year and enter the new year, I give thanks to God that he let me live to see this day. My prayer is that I can live to see my children grow up so I can teach them what really matters – the love of Jesus and to share that love with the world.
I’ve set some goals for the year, but I don’t feel now is the time to share them. Maybe next week. If I need to pray for you and the year to come, let me know. I promise to add you to my list and pray for your regularly. I hope you’ll do the same for me.