As we were 'putting Christmas away' yesterday - I felt a sadness. I feel it every year when the symbols of Christmas go back into the boxes and are moved to the storage area. The living room is almost back to its original state. But it feels so empty.
I'm focusing this year on living a more deliberate life. Choosing those things that will make me happy and feel fulfilled, accomplishing or finishing goals that I have set, serving with a more optimistic spirit. So this year, I choose to keep Christmas in my heart all year long. There are changes happening in our lives. Some good - some a little sad - at least on our part. We are anxiously awaiting the birth of a 2nd grand child. And we are sadly anticipating the departure of some dear friends from our midst. But again, I will choose how to respond to each of these events.
I am choosing to do a better job of taking care of myself physically. More movement, less food! (that's a tough one!) I am choosing to read from my scriptures EVERY day. I am choosing to focus on the positives and to seek personal revelation. I am choosing to use my time more wisely. Sorry FB friends - you may not see as much of me! :)
Some of you may say these are just goals - but really - they aren't. They are a lifestyle change in many ways for me. They are who I am, who I have been and who I desire to be. I used to be better at some of these things - so I know I can be in that place again.
I believe and have faith in this scripture - found in the Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 17:13 - "And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you..."
He knows me better than I know myself and He knows my needs and the desires of my heart. Just as parents often provide opportunities for their children so they can succeed and progress, why wouldn't I believe that my God and Savior can do the same for me?! I do!
As a favorite Christmas song says: "You have all that you need - you just need to believe."
And so - with the Spirit of Christmas in my heart - with a plan to live a more deliberate life - I will BELIEVE - and I will move forward!
Happy New Year!