new year… new thoughts…



What is it about the beginning of a new year that seems like we have a blank slate for life?  What is different about today compared to yesterday?  It’s just a date on a calendar, but it all feels NEW!

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  It seems everyone is making some kind of resolution or has a word of the year or is starting some “this is the first day of the rest of your life” exercise and diet regimen.  Amazon has all kinds of free devotionals and self-help books right now to help people with these new starts.  I’ve thought before about the word of the year and have never been able to come up with one.  Perhaps this year I have found a word, without really even trying… But before I get to that, I wanted to reflect on some thoughts about new beginnings around here…

As a student, it IS a new beginning.  New classes.  New professors.  New books.  I’ve enjoyed the time off and I’m looking forward to getting back to class.  This semester will be the toughest one yet.  I think I’m up for the challenge, though.

This is the first break in a long time where I haven’t had to fit work in around the family time.  Working outside the home definitely has its advantages, especially when the boss is my husband!  He has generously allowed me some time off to be at home with the kids.  A new year makes me want a clean pantry, no laundry mountain, and cleaned out closets.  It has brought me much joy to plan, shop, and cook many meals for our freezer.  Laundry and little projects are slowly getting done, too.  I might even squeeze in a little craft project before the break is completely over.

We have some ideas for making our eating habits better.  The jogging bandwagon is hitching up.  There is a much-anticipated vacation on the books for later this year and I plan on bringing a little less of me on the trip.

This morning I pulled out my Bible reading plan and started working on a Bible memorization app.  It’s lots of little changes, but things I should be doing anyway, so it doesn’t really seem like it will be too much.

So when I was reading this morning, my reading was in Exodus.  These verses from chapter 34 jumped out at me…

34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

I think they spoke to me because it is really the prayer of my heart.  In all I do, as wife, mom, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, student, receptionist, I want people to see Jesus shining from my face because of the time I spent with Him.  I want my time with the Lord to be unveiled, with nothing held back from Him.  My heart bared before Him, ready to receive wisdom and love from the source of all wisdom and love.  When I come out of His presence I hope people see Jesus, not Shannon.

Wherever I go, whatever I do, I want to be so full of the Lord that I shine.



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