Each day in 2009 held something that I learned from whether it be as random as knowing that I really should vacuum every single day with hard wood floors to as important as thanking GOD for everything that happens, big or small, happy or sad. My word of 2009 was FOCUS, and darn, did I try and stay on task. I will keep the faith in the word FOCUS and combine it with my word for this year, HOPE.
2009 was a year of lessons learned, memories made, good times had, tears shed, fights fought, hopes had, moments shared, all in all, it was a good year. NOT a GREAT year, but not a TERRIBLE year either. Personally I think that too many people just look at all of the despair, destruction, turmoil, etc. and really...from every single thing, God uses it for GOOD.
I wish people would take a little more time to really listen to that and not only listen to it..but BELIEVE it.
I chose HOPE as my word for 2010 and have already had a "reminding situation "shine a really bright neon light on it before the darn year has even started.
I will be really open and honest, yet private with details with you all right now and tell you that an old (not age) friend of my husband took his own life this week and it has wreaked havoc on so many people, including myself . ( I did not know him personally (although we did go to Elementary & High School together). The events and details of this past week have saddened, shocked and exhausted so many people, including my husband and his brother, to know that someone was in such despair without anyone really knowing.
I am going to stop there because I do not want to invade in any more of the privacy of this whole terrible loss, but it makes me want to tell you that nothing, absolutely nothing is too bad that family, friends and most importantly GOD can not help you with.
there is HOPE.
in the good, the bad and the really super ugly.
It may seem like I am being a downer and super preachy, but I that is NOT my intention. It is my job though, to remind you that there is HOPE.
My HOPE right now is that IF I am speaking (I mean "typing") to someone that needs a little HOPE, that you know I speak from the heart and I speak from experience. My offer to you is that you need HOPE, you need to just reach out, to someone, even me.
"...always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" 1 Peter 3:15
Thank you all so much for your love, friendship, concerns, prayers, HOPE constructive criticism, and heck, even the not-as-nice comments in 2009. I read, absorb, think and pray about it all in HOPES that I use it to make me a better me!
Cheers to a healthy, happy and Hope-Filled 2010.
p.s..you know that I would NEVER end the year without a doodle...and it is based on HOPE ( I know, how weird!). I picked up the quote from Melody's blog this morning and PLEASE..take some time to read Mel's story...it is a really really wonderful story filled with HOPE.
Happy New Year!