The last few weeks of the year I am drawn to reflection and projection. I look back on all the last twelve months held and dream big about the next twelve. Before I start making lists of all I will do, I want to consider all that I hope for the new year.
Five Hopes for a Promising New Year
Hope for Big Faith
I believe God. I really do. I believe He can do big things, things that absolutely blow my mind and encourage my heart. But, He is bigger than I believe Him to be. This year, I want my faith to grow. I want to engage in spiritual practices that will encourage my faith to be as big as my God. I am planting my mustard seed in the ground and I hope mountains move.
Hope for Love
Marriage is wonderful and hard. Throw a handful of kinds and a couple of jobs in there and it’s a war zone. I battle distraction, entitlement, and unmet expectations. It is a fight to stay in love. I fight because I hope for a better love, a deeper love, a Christ-like love. I want us to be that couple that feels more in love in year 18 than we did in year one.
My kids spend so much time soaking in culture. Between school, friends, and media, their reality is skewed. It becomes some kind of Western twisted dimension where more is more, I want it all, and don’t tell me what to do. That’s not Kingdom living. I want my kids to learn that last is first and giving is better than receiving. I want them to be grateful and, in return, become gracious. (You can join me in this hope. Pre-order Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch.)
Hope for Influence
I want to be a change agent. I want others to grow closer to Christ after they spend time with me, both online and in person. I want to encourage grace, gratitude, and community among my family and my sisters in Christ. I hope to learn how to be an influencer while staying genuine and true to my calling.
Hope for Peace
Margin. It is my rainbow unicorn. The unattainable. Sought but never found. As I wind down this year that ends much busier than it started, I am seriously considering what goes and what stays. A massive decluttering, so to speak. I want peace in my home which will require physical decluttering and intentional parenting. I want peace in my soul, which means clearing some space on the calendar to invite margin, to allow for Sabbath.
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