Happy 2012

The holidays are officially over at our house.  I go back to work tomorrow, Joey on Wednesday and Jax goes to school on Thursday.  We have had a wonderful few weeks together.  I was off the full week (10 whole days – including weekends) before Christmas.  I worked 4 days last week and just enjoyed another 3 day weekend!  We have had a lot of family time… read a lot of books…  watched movies… played games… sang songs… cooked… baked…  eaten yummy food… taken lots of naps…  it has been wonderful!!

As wonderful as it has been, I always look forward to January.  I love fresh starts.  And Routine.  As much as I like pulling all of the Christmas decorations out, I love the feel of a successful Christmas season behind us and all of the STUFF put away.  With that usually comes some cleaning out, throwing away, donation stacks, to-donate and to-sell stacks.

January just opens itself up as a blank slate.  A full year ahead of us.  Only God knows what’s in store.  It is so exciting to get a fresh new planner/calendar and start filling it with events and appointments and vacations, and to-do’s.  At the same time, I think I love January because I feel free.  Free to make changes, better choices, implement new ideas and have more focus.  I just love the clearing of clutter, not only physically, but mentally.

My hope for this new year is to focus on just that, clearing clutter.  I want to clear my thoughts.  I want to minimize.  I want to de-clutter .  My home, my mind, my STUFF, my time.

The song that keeps coming to my mind is one of my favorites of all time.  I find myself singing it often.  I feel like this applies to so many areas of my life.

 

Purify Me Lord

Purify me, Lord
From ways that aren’t of You.
Help me to take away the old and make my life brand new.
I surrender all to You;
Not my will but Thine.
The sweetest thing I know is letting Your love show.

Purify my heart;
I yield to You each part.
Help me to run into Your arms as the purifying starts.
I surrender all to You;
Not my will but Thine.
The less there is of me, the more of You I see.

Purify me, Lord
From ways that aren’t of You.
Help me to take away the old and make my life brand new.
I surrender all to You;
Not my will but Thine.
The sweetest thing I know is letting Your love show.

I surrender all to You;
Not my will but Thine.
The less there is of me, the more of You I see.

So, my “resolution” if you will… Is to take each day for what it is.  Live in the moment.  Make better choices in the moment. Get rid of distractions that are not building my family or myself up. (ie. phone, fb, pinterest, etc., etc., etc.).  Get rid of stuff that we do not need and that may serve someone else.

I am so thankful for the fresh start….  Happy January 2012!!

-Suzanne

 


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