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!


  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!

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

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

  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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