You know, I cannot believe another roller coaster year has come and gone. It was a great year and the worst of years. But, no matter, God is still on the throne and He is sovereign. Here is a great quote from Billy Graham:
God is unchanging in His love,
He loves you. He has a plan for your life.
Don’t let the newspaper headlines frighten you.
God is still sovereign; He’s still on the throne.
As a believer in Christ, it is always a comfort to know that God is always in control and His timing is perfect. I have seen this so many times in my life.
And yet, I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of glad the holidays are over – for now. Not that I don’t love Christmas because I do. I mean I always over decorate, over cook, over bake plus I think I watched every Christmas Hallmark movie for this year about ten time plus some timeless old favorites like Miracle on 34th (in B&W – thank you) and White Christmas. But, this year, I decided to try to keep it simple. To actually focus on the reason for the season and not the doing of the season. And I did succeed pretty well. But, no matter what, every year, good or bad, as we approach New Year’s Eve I look forward to and long for my family’s Peaceful Pause.
One of our traditions, even when our kids were little, is on New Years Day we plan and cook a special breakfast, watch the Rose Parade and then the Rose Bowl game and any other worthy football games that may be on TV. When we lived in California that meant getting up at the crack of dawn for the parade, or at least it felt like it (now that we live in Texas we even get to sleep in a little longer). But we stayed in our jammies most of the day. We may have reminisced about the previous year or what we might do in the new year or not. The kids may have played with their new toys – but mainly we just vegged and snuck in a long, overdue nap. Sometimes we would hang around the house or we might go outside and play. Of course, we did that much more when the kids were little. And then last, but not least, all the Christmas decorations are taken down and packed away. It is just one peaceful serendipitous day¸ wrapped in our own warm and cozy cocoon of peace and love and tucked in between the weeks of chaotic, joyful holiday activities, and the reboot of the rat race that is our life. That is our own peaceful pause!
What do you do on New Year’s day? Is making resolutions part of your new year plan? How was 2017 for you? Comment below.
And with that, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and whatever happens this year – ask the Lord to make it count.