A year ago, I set forth a summary of my New Year’s resoutions on the predecessor to this blog.
So, let’s see how we did. Here are the three overarching resolutions I made. I said that “I want to…
1) spend more regular time reading the Bible,
2) [spend] more time writing in my journal (my most effective way to pray when alone), and
3) make a concerted and disciplined effort to better serve my family.”
So, you ask, how did I do?
On number 1, I started out well, slid way back (during my doubting phase), then picked up steam and am almost finished year 1 of my 2-year through-the-Bible reading program. (I’d highly recommend it. I used D. A. Carson’s For the Love of God which has a daily reflection on one of the two passages I’d read each day. It takes you through the OT once and the NT twice over two years. See http://www.amazon.com/Love-God-Companion-Discovering-Riches/dp/1581340087.)
I got serious about the Bible reading when I realized at the end of my bad patch that it was about all I knew to do. Where was I to go? For He has the Words of eternal life… My 10-year old joined me in AM devotions this fall and has just finished reading the entire New Testament!
Number 2 was a total bust. Although I came to regard my blogging as a sort of journal.
Number 3 was likewise more or less a failure. I actually spent much of 2008 simply trying to survive emotionally and spiritually. Not much left over for the family, though it’s amazing how one pulls oneself together to take care of the kids (though not the husband, necessarily). It’s a grace, too, that children are resilient, so they say.
And it isn’t over yet. Between my worst ever job situation and my husband’s lack of job (and, yes, all four recent prospects fell through as of yesterday), and various other random stresses, I found myself in a very miserable place.
Still trying to figure out how to walk this path. I suppose that will be the focus of 2009′s blog posts.
And maybe I’ll have the guts to post this year’s resolutions.
Or maybe not.
Meantime, have a Happy New Year!