It's the resolution.
I'm rolling the many things I'm resolving to do into this one word.
The popular quote "Gratitude turns what we have into enough". It's true.
My resolution is to appreciate, really be thankful for what I have.
It is enough!
When I spend my thoughts and energies constantly pursuing, wanting, envying, trying... it's exhausting.
I'm not comparing this year.
Appreciating my marriage, my husband, my children, the family we've built and grown.
Appreciating our health, our home.
Appreciating friendships I'm so blessed and privileged to have.
A look at our budget yesterday, at our debt, made my heart sink, and caused a bubble in my throat I couldn't remove for a little while... but it's okay.
I know we'll be provided for.
I'll appreciate what I have, not struggle and strive for more.
But I'll continue to dream, and place those dreams in the One I trust.
The one who reminds me He'll fight for me.
I need only be calm (Exodus 14:14).
That the best is yet to come, and the journey might be rough but I can appreciate that too.
And today I appreciated where we live.
I was thankful for the fresh air in my lungs, the salty wind in my hair.
For the man riding beside me, not just on the footpath, but in all aspects of my life.
I looked and saw with new eyes.
And pray I continue to, in 2013.