Don’t miss these recent posts on other blogs:
- guest post at Tina’s Book Reviews
- review of After the Snow Falls by a fellow expat and homeschool mom at Just Love Mom.
Happy New Year! Whether you’re ready for 2012 or not, here it is. Hard to imagine what this year will bring. We’re packing up and moving back to China to a known city, but an unknown apartment, a new neighborhood, new friendships, new possibilities. I’m wavering between being very excited, to very sad to leave our friends and family, to very unsure about the mountain of stuff that needs to be packed into 10 (or less) suitcases of 50 lbs. a piece.
Today, I’m thankful for fresh starts. There is something refreshing and hopeful about tearing that old calendar off and turning over to a whole year full of 365 (or in this case 366) brand new days.Today, I’m thankful for fresh starts.
But in reality, January 1st is just another day on the calendar. Today is just as full of possibilities and potential for pitfalls as any other day. What we do with our days is a matter of choice–every single day.
When my kids have meltdowns or mess up (because shockingly, that happens in our family too), I remind them that we can start again any day and any time of the day–at 7:00 a.m. or 4:00 in the afternoon. We just have to choose. And they believe me.
Sometimes it’s harder to convince myself. I’m sure that’s why these words were penned:
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23
So here’s to a fresh start. What are you going to do with yours?