Another year has passed and a new one is just beginning. Another year of our Lord. Anno Domino.
2013 has been a big year in this household as it has seen children become teenagers, a working mum becoming a stay at home mum. Kids have taken up new hobbies and loved them. Theres been big, yet good changes on the work front for Rob. I am so thankful he is passionate about what he does and that he loves his job. It’s been a year where I can confidently say that I no longer have “littlies” around the house. My youngest is seven and a half. That’s huge!
There’s been lots to be thankful about and plenty of moments for which to learn contentment from. There were moments when God should have been nearer in our lives, and then there were some times that we couldn’t have been closer to Him. Each moment we had to depend on His strength to get by.
Hopes and dreams for 2013? More contentment. More peace about who I am as a mum, wife, daughter, friend and child of God.
More of the happy, quiet moments. More of those moments where common sense flies out the window and I go running through puddles with my children.
There are no resolutions. I gave up on them a long time ago, along with a lot of unrealistic expectations and relationships.
So, what are your hopes and dreams?
Here’s Psalm 90 from the English Standard Version Bible. A psalm fitting for new beginnings.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O Lord! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!