Ahhh, but now, we have a new year! Couldn't be happier for a new year!! I've learned a lot over the past year. Lots about myself, which brings me to my word of the year (enough babbling already). . .
(as defined by dictionary.com)
the act or state of looking forward or anticipating
I get easily excited about events, things, people in life. I also set myself up for things. I set expectations and sometimes, they aren't met. Cue disappointment. I can't stop thinking about the scene in Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold and his wife are in bed talking and she says to him, "You set standards that no family can live up to." and he replies, "When have I ever done that?" to which she says, "Parties, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, holidays, vacations. . ." I think (and I've been told) that I am just like Clark Griswold! In the end, you gotta love him (thank goodness), but I don't want people around me or myself, to constantly have to live up to these expectations! So, when it comes to setting expectations, I'm going to try not to. Or, at least I'm going to try to manage my expectations! It's fantastic to look forward to events, things, people, but not to set standards that cannot be met! We have four children now and not everything is going to happen in the magical way my brain thinks it should! Agreed?!
On another note though, I do plan on waiting with expectation on the Lord! I want to keep my eyes and heart open to what He's going to show me and teach me! I am anticipating good things--and that will not disappoint because Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Happy New Year!
Anyone have a word of the year out there? Verse of the year? Resolutions?