For This New Year


It’s getting late, but I’m hoping to get a post up today before New Year’s Day is over. Let’s see.

Words haven’t come easily lately as life has thrown a few curve balls over the past month or so. Time for processing has been precious little as the challenge has been to just make it through the day at times. I’m not sure what life will be like with five kids, but as has been the case in the past, we make room for the things that matter most to us. And certainly my kids qualify in that category so we’re excited to see what life with five littles holds for us.

One of the curve balls we had was finding out in early December that we had to make quick plans to come back to the US for a time. Ironically, we got the best deal we’d ever gotten before on international tickets for the family and the whole process felt entirely surreal as we quickly packed up and got our life on one side of the world sorted out and headed over to another. Then we arrived just in time for the Christmas madness and fell right into the thick of it. Life has been non-stop since Thanksgiving.

So here I am. Camping out currently at our in-laws and trying to adjust, again, to a somewhat nomadic lifestyle for the next few months. I can’t say it gets easier. In fact, perhaps the opposite is true because our brood keeps growing and moving 5, 6 and next 7 people from place to place is a formidable challenge for someone who likes to be in her space and have her things around because they give me a sense of place and settledness.

Perhaps it is for this very reason that the word I’m leaning on this year has sort of surfaced all on its own. As I wrote already over at IndiAanya my word for the year is REJOICE.

Examples of where this is used in the Bible:

Psalm 5:11 –  But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

Psalm 31:7 – I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul

Isaiah 25:9 – It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

Zeph. 3:17 – The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Romans 5:2 – Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

2 Cor. 13:11 – Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Rejoice is used all throughout the Bible and in many circumstances. I look forward to studying it more in depth in the days and weeks to come.

I’m not someone who rejoices easily– in an instant I can go from joy to worry and ruin an otherwise delightful moment. I have a hard time allowing myself the privilege of being content in the moment and letting my heart experience full joy. This is especially so when life’s circumstances seem less than ideal. But real rejoicing doesn’t require perfect circumstances on this Earth.

Rejoice in who God is and what He’s done. Just because. Rejoice in His love and because He rejoices over me.

I have no idea what 2015 holds for me. Every year that begins feels ripe with possibilities and we always hope for changes that feel good though that is not always what we get.

I know there is a reason for the word “Rejoice” in my life right now. That choosing to rejoice in the good things that God gives or has done is what’s best for all of us even though at times it’s hard to do. So I look forward to 2015 with hope and excitement and I’ll try to push down the voices that whisper otherwise.

What about you, have you chosen a word for this year?

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