We went to a party tonight hosted by a couple from our church to welcome in the New Year. It was a nice gathering of friends, but the best part of it was that we "toasted" in the New Year on New York time (3 hours ahead of us) so at 9 p.m. we said "Happy New Year", toasted with sparkling apple cider and we were home by 9:30 p.m. That's my kind of party.
Gone are the days when I used to be able to stay up to midnight to welcome in the new year. In fact if I make it to 10 p.m. these days, I'm lucky.
Make no mistake about it, I'm ready for 2013 to have drawn to a close. It was a challenging year on more than one fronts, but it was also a great year of answered prayer and unexpected ways how prayer were answered.
Last Sunday at church the pastor challenged us not to make resolutions that tend to focus on "I". "I want to lose weight". "I want to save money". "I want to get my finances in order." "I want to stop smoking" and while all those "I's" are great, they challenged us to think beyond "I" and to put God first in all our days, decisions, plans, etc., and to put others first before us. That's what I'm going to aim for this year.
Every year for the past few years I've picked a word of the year. Last year was patience. I don't think I did as well as I could with it, I'm still impatient about some things we're waiting on in answered prayer, but I could see over 2013 how God had answered prayers his way and timing, so I will continue to wait upon him.
This year's word I'm actually repeating from 2012. Seek. Seek God with all my heart, my soul, my mind. Trying to put him first in all I do. God does say if we seek him, he will be found. I'm sure it will be a great year ahead seeking him and having him lead me where he wants me to be.
Happy New Year from Koda and me. May 2014 be an awesome year for you and yours.