For the past few years-- since I started this blog in 2006-- I've been posting Thanksgiving and New Years blog posts, but per usual, I am late...
I suppose I will begin with my goals for 2011. Let me preface this by saying I didn't reach nearly any of my goals for 2010, and I'm certain I made entirely too many. So, this year gets 4:
1. Lose 15 pounds.
2. Learn to cook.
3. Grow in obedience to God's will.
I feel confident that I will accomplish these goals, most of which are pretty tangible and easy to measure. 'Growing in obedience' is rather ambiguous and can be subjective, but I'm committing myself to it and trust that it is possible.
Of course I have 1000 other goals in mind, and I'm trying to surrender them to God, because I can't do it all on my own. In fact, I can't do anything on my own, not very well anyway.
On to expressions of thankfulness...
I want to say how thankful I am for the many blessings in my life, and I am okay with the fact that is January and not November, because I'm trying to live a life of constant gratitude to God for the things he has given me.
I'm thankful for...
growth & progress
high school students
being used by God
It goes without saying, but ultimately I am thankful that I can have a saving relationship with the God who created me through the Christ he sent for me.
Specifically, I am thankful this year for my relationship with my brother... seeing it grow, seeing him grow has been a great blessing to me.
I want to start blogging again... I miss it.
Life is good. It's so darn difficult, but I am considering it pure joy. :)