One year ago I wrote a post titled “Keeping a Record.” I had seen a suggestion of keeping a jar on hand and occasionally writing happy moments down and inserting them in the jar. At the end of the year, the papers would be dumped out and read.
We made our jar this year and filled it with different thoughts throughout the year. Yesterday we read them. It was surprising how emotional it was to read over the notes. Some brought immediate tears (Ken’s mom released to heaven pain-free), some were celebrated events (graduations, new jobs) and others brought sigh’s of relief (Anne’s mom lived through a horrific car accident).
It’s a new year and a new jar has been labeled. We’ve put two happy memories in it already. We’re determined to add more memories than last year. It’s good to reflect on God’s goodness in our lives.
Many people make resolutions at this time of year. “I’ll lose 5 pounds and exercise more.” “I’ll call my mother more often.” I’ll turn off the TV and read more.” I’m still formatting mine this year, but I’m dividing them up between “Body, Soul and Mind.”
Ken read a suggestion of coming up with one word which would remind you of your resolutions. It’s easier to remember one word rather than a long list. The word could come from a verse from the Bible. Ken is choosing “Strength” for 2014. It comes from the verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
As we look back on 2013 I feel a little tired! But I also feel so grateful. Grateful for God’s grace that has carried us through the rough times. It gives me hope for 2014.
What are your resolutions this year?