Choosing to LIVE Everyday!

Each ‘New Year ‘  I make a list of goals for the coming year.  Resolutions if you will.  In past years I often start off great but within a short amount of time I miss a day or fall behind.  Guilt sets in and then it can be all downhill from there.  Occasionally, the beginning of a new month will spark the resolution a new, after all it is a new month with no mistakes in it yet.  Sometimes things get checked off the list and other times the year comes to the end and I find myself making a new list for the coming year and I just add the unaccomplished goals into the coming year’s list.

We have all heard the saying, “You Only Live Once.”  Often used as an excuse to eat that extra piece of cheesecake, perhaps do something reckless, or to be frivolous. Recently I have seen the opposite phrase floating around online.  “You Live Everyday.  You Only Die Once.”  I have had that rolling around in my head over the last few weeks.  This year, when the inevitable happened and I did not keep my crazy New Year’s List,  I was not hit with guilt.  You Live

Truth is if I am not happy with the way things are today, I am not stuck in this rut.  I do not have to wait for a brand new month or year to make a fresh start.  You Live Everyday.  Everyday we have the chance to change.  We have the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and have a fresh start.  We can pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and start over.

A few verses come to mind too as I have had this phrase banging around in my head.

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” ~Joel 2:25

Perhaps an odd sounding verse, some of the locusts our family has lived through were, Dave being downsized and out of work (twice), brain cancer, and even me.  I have been the locust at times I have let things distract me from what is most important, I have been lazy, or overwhelmed and wasted time worrying.  Yet with God anything is possible, and the years the locust ate can be restored.  Nothing is ever too late for God, He can work in any situation.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God…”  ~Psalm 40: 1-3

We can be in any situation and God can pull us out of it and dust us off, put us on solid ground and my favourite part give us a NEW SONG!!!  We don’t have to keep the old negative narrative going through our heads.  We don’t have to beat ourselves up, we can take on His NEW SONG for us.

WE LIVE EACH DAY!!  How will you live this extraordinary life that has been gifted to you.  Yes, it is your one and only life, but with it each day brings you a fresh new start.  I am choosing to not let the things that in the past have filled me with guilt and caused me to become stuck in one spot.  I am embracing each new moment.  If my day started off pathetically slow because my wee one kept me up all night I don’t have to write off the whole day as a loss.  Sure I might not accomplish everything I had planned, but this is still a day to choose to sing out my new song.  We LIVE everyday!

Why 2016 might just be, “The Best Year Ever!”

I am sure I have said it before and I know I will say it again, I love a new year.  It is a fresh new beginning.  No mistakes in it yet and full of hope.   I also enjoy the time of reflection it allows for, as we sit on the edge of one year about to leap into the next.

I was talking to Taliah the other day and was lamenting that I had not accomplished as much as I had hoped to in 2015.  She pointed out that for the first 2/3 of the year I was growing a baby and for the last 1/3 of the year caring for a new-born.  In that light I think having Moriah here trumps last years goals.

Last night my oldest three children went off to a youth event and the four youngest were home with Dave and I.  We had special food for the evening, and Hannah was pumped to stay up to midnight.  I myself am not a big party animal, so I tidied my room, it had become a bit of a drop zone during the holidays.  I then sat down and wrote a ‘To Do List’ for today.  Unfortunately Moriah decided that last night would be a great night to pull an all-nighter.  As a result not much has been checked off my list.  All in good time they say, I do have a full year ahead of me.

Joel and Hannah successfully made it to midnight and Samuel gave it a valiant effort.  Dave and I had the children all tucked in and thought we had Moriah down for the night by 1 in the morning. (As I mentioned she had other plans.)  Dave (my hero) got up at about 5:30 to pick up our 3 oldest from the youth event they had attended ’12 Hours in His Glory.’  By 6:30 everyone was tucked away and Dave was curled up once again, the house remained quiet for some time.

As my feet hit the floor I took a page out of Samuel’s book and said, “This is going to be the best day ever.”  Samuel often comes into my room and says, “Good morning Momma, this is the best day ever!” Family pics Sam 1 I have thought about his attitude compared to mine a lot in the last few weeks.  He almost always starts his day this way.  I on the other hand will think, I got 2 hours of sleep this is going to be a tough day.  Perspective counts for a lot, that and choice.  We can choose to see our day as an uphill battle or we can choose to count it all joy!

“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.” ~Proverbs 4:23

Like any other year before it, I have no idea what the next 365 days will hold, challenges or smooth sailing.  What I can know is how I am going to choose to approach it.  I am not talking about plastering a fake smile on my face and living in denial, what I am talking about is that I am not going to dwell on the negatives.  I am not going to re-play the ‘what if’s’ or ‘if only’s.’ I am not going to fixate on my past failings… they are just that, past.  I am looking forward with anticipation and hope to all the incredible possibilities that lay ahead. I am going to embrace each day for the gift that it is!

Like Samuel I am choosing to see 2016 as the best year ever!

The Annual Christmas Letter

Family pics Sam 1

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Moriah 4

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Samuel 4 years

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Lent Candle

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Just One

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Good Night 2014, Good Morning 2015!

Merry Christmas

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Rosh Hashanah and looking to Yom Kippur…

Apples and honey

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first day

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