Saturday, December 31, 2011

What I found in 2011...

This time every year I try and sit down {like half of America} and write a list of measurable goals for the upcoming year. As I look back on 2011 one seven letter word comes to mind-Content.  This year I have been busy and beyond overwhelmed at times. Stressed and ever so impatient a lot of the time. But when my day was complete and our sweet little castle was quiet I found my heart clocking out Content. Contentment is a beautiful, encouraging, comforting, and yet uncommon word. I don't know that I could have said that and truly meant that any other time in my life. Maybe it's the getting older and maturing thing or maybe it's the Philippians 4:11 that I find myself longing to be. It's funny to me how that wasn't on my so called 'list' last year. In fact, my number one goal is still a top goal for this year. Which is a nice way of saying, I failed but am thankful that I continue to grow as a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a sister in Christ.


The one thing that has been so heavy on my heart for the start of 2012 is enjoying my life. I find myself being content, but enjoying it?... Well, that's a whole other story. Are you enjoying every day of your life? I find myself forgetting that Jesus came so that we might have life and have it to the full.


My desire, for 2012 is simple. I want to enjoy. I'm a "do-er", by every sense of the word, I have the hardest time simply being still and doing nothing. I always feel like something has to be done. I want to enjoy my three boys. I want to laugh more with them, wrestle with them more and feel okay with doing nothing else but enjoying them. I want to enjoy my marriage. I want to go out on dates with my husband. I want to joke with him more and not take things so seriously. I want to enjoy my friendships more. I want to let more people in and be more vulnerable. I am realizing that the more I give in anything the more I get back. I want to enjoy Christ and the freedom that I have in Him. I am realizing that for me, it's an attitude of the heart. 


So, my question for all of you is simply. Have you been enjoying your life to the fullest? I know I haven't. If not, it's time to begin. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. {John 10:10}

I am so thankful for 2011 but I am ever so ready for 2012! 
Happy New Year, My friends!

4 comments:

  1. Food for thought. Thanks Maria, I have gotten quite a few pick me ups from your blog this past yr. Happy New Year to You and Yours!

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  2. Megan~ I so appreciate you taking the time to tell me that. Praying that your 2012 is fabulous! xoxo

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  3. Beautiful post. I believe that we are supposed to enjoy and have joy in life. Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. Yay for another year to pursue contentment. Isn't it good that we all get to be on a journey, learning these things a bit at a time. I pray that you find the contentment and joy that you seek in Jesus and that the enemy does not steal any of it. :)

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