Happy Monday friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!! We had a blessed Christmas spending time with family and eating good food. We also celebrated Everly’s first birthday the twenty-first. Yes!! She is one, and my husband and I have been parents for a year!!
This past year has honestly been a wonderful year full of learning and growing. This past year has taught me to slow down but has also kept me on my toes keeping up with a curious little one. It has taught me to appreciate the small things in life and being extra thankful for the blessings God has given us. It has taught me patience, understanding and the importance of putting others first. But I think the most important is the tiny little glimpse of the Father’s love for us. Until you’re a parent, I don’t feel like you truly understand God’s unfailing love for us. No matter what our children may do, we will never stop loving them. God is the same way. He loves us and will continue to live us no matter what.
As we start into the new year, you see people talking about “their word for the new year.” I had never done this before, but as I was reading a friend’s post about her word, a word of my own popped into my head.
This year, I will strive to be present in my relationships with others. I feel like in today’s fast paced world, it’s so easy to be with someone, but not be present. It’s easy for Everly to be sitting in her room happily playing with her toys and reading her books and me lost in my phone occasionally looking up. Or even just seeing that she’s content so let me get things done until I have to be with her because she’s fussy because I’m not holding her. It’s easy after a long day to sit on the couch with your husband, getting lost in a show on Netflix. Not that anything is wrong with that, but if that becomes the normal then something might need to change. Or even worse, one if you watching something on tv while the other watches something different on their phone, while in the same room. And like I said above, nothing is wrong with that, but if that starts to become the new normal, then something needs to change. In those situations, people are together, but they aren’t being present. They’re in their own little worlds not fully appreciating and respecting one another.
I wonder how this makes God feel? His children that He loves so much, not being fully present when they spend time with Him. I’m sure we’re all guilty of listening to a sermon or even praying and our thoughts are so far from what we’re actually doing. I mean how would you feel if you were talking to someone and they kept looking around at everyone else, checking their phone, etc.? I know it would annoy and irritate me, but I’m also guilty of doing that exact same thing with God.
So, this year, I’m striving to be present in my earthly relationships as well as my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Do you have a word for the New Year? I’d love to hear what it is!