The Unofficial New Year’s Day

Holidays are a problem for me, and none more so than the multiple-week year-ending festivities. And none more so than this past year’s 2016-2017 turnover.

You see, all my life I have been stuck in the mode of looking forward to the next batch of “time off for good behavior”. It is definitely what has caused me so much trouble throughout my life. I waited anxiously for “beer o’clock” and the end of the work day. I lived for the party weekend. I wanted to be on permanent holiday. But this past year, the first of my blogging life, it finally dawned on me what good, hard, blissful work was.

Why on earth and heaven would I want time-off from that? By mid-December, 2016, I was firmly established in a productive routine. Blogging, sharing testimony and worship, one-on-one encouragement, putting time in each week on projects around the house, completing daily chores. And then massive disruption hit with college break (my daughter was home) and the consumerism that Christmas has become. I didn’t handle it well.

(If you doubt, just look at my posting frequency from mid-December through today.)

And so, here I am on January 18, trying to get back into my blessed day-to-day, day-by-day. I’ve been thinking about this first post of the year. January 1 is a holiday. It might be the official New Year’s Day, but which day is the one where we really “get back to work”?

So, let me approach this as a re-committing; a re-dedicating day, simply because I have to re-start somewhere.

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life.
It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’…
And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us – an unbelievable inheritance!
Romans 8:15-17 MSG

I hope you’ll join me! This year is full of great promise, as I pick up from where I left off in Sharing God’s Story.

The Lord gives me strength and makes me sing [is my strength and my song];
He has saved me [is my salvation].
He is my God and I will praise him,
He is the God of my ancestors [fathers]
and I will honor [exalt] him.
Genesis 15:2 EXB

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