"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation.
The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come."
2 Corinthians 5:17
"Mommy, the room looks so different!" she says as I take the tree down, clear away all the piney goodness. The air buzzes afresh this time of year. The sun shines bright and whitens the already alabaster snow and I'm invigorated.
I just feel the newness of creation, the newness of every day. I have the hope of that newness in me through Christ's transformative work. I'm trusting Him to do more in me and around me than I could ever imagine for this coming year. He'll strengthen, He'll sustain, He'll grow this mustard seed of faith, thus, the buzz.
Taking the ornaments down, putting them to sleep for the year, look what I came across. A suitcase....going to Africa! Ahh! Smile, laugh joy at the reminder of what He allowed you and I to do for Him.
So, I'm being carried by Him on this energized air thanking Him in every task, every responsibility, every privilege He gives.
Wanting to savor the pine smell I love so much, I saved bits and pieces of the tree to fill a pillow (ht: Tonia :). Duh, don't know why I've never thought to do that before. When I was little, my parents took a trip to Vermont and I vividly remember the little pine-filled pillow they brought home for me. I can just smell it and feel the crunch against my cheek. That trip also resulted in a life-long aversion to anything besides 100% pure dark amber maple syrup. (That means while dining at breakfast restaurants that don't serve real syrup, I eat my french toast dry.)
And for fun I thought I'd share that twenty minutes before we were supposed to leave Friday night, I decided the little girlie's outfit needed some snazzing up. Quickly scanning what I had on hand, I found a golden doily and sewed it onto the bottom of her dress (don't look too close!). I also found some matching fabric and stitched that into a simple headband with a puffball tied on (because there happened to be a tidbit of golden yarn in the drawer!). Easy-peasy!
I'm anticipating much this year. I'm looking forward to all the things I might create this year as He allows time and resources. I'm looking forward to how He's going to grow these precious children. I'm looking forward to the opportunities He will place in our laps. I'm looking forward to what He's going to teach us ALL about Himself.
What are you looking forward to in this new year?