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Make it Personal

I’ve never been one for having a word for the new year. As a former teacher, there’s still a part of me that doesn’t see January 1 as a new start because I’ve always viewed the school year as my new start. Now that I’m not teaching, I feel a sort of pull each January. To evaluate. To make plans. To be better.

We’re all a little gun shy about a new year. Last year was supposed to be our re-start, but it turned out to be more of the same. Like so many, our home experienced sickness over Christmas break and that makes it difficult to see a future that’s not shaped by this disease. But I’m choosing to believe there will be joy in 2022. Just like there was in 2021 and even 2020.

I’ve chosen this verse for the year:

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

I am gun shy, but I know my God and I know I don’t have to be afraid. He’s with me and He’s not going anywhere. I want my days to be marked by prayer. I want fewer distractions and more connections.

For the first time ever, I’ve chosen a word for the year and it’s “personal”. I don’t mean that I’m not willing to share it. I mean it’s personal. If I’ve learned anything in this pandemic, I’ve learned that there are real connections and fake connections. I want more real connections with my family and friends.

Last night we watched “You’ve Got Mail” which is one of my favorite movies of all time. This scene stood out to me in a way it hasn’t before.

It should start by being personal. That made me think. I want to be more personal in my writing and in my relationships. I want to be more real. I’m tired of connecting on a screen and on social media. I want to have real connection. I want it to be personal.

I’m praying for you, my readers. I hope you have a wonderful 2022. I hope you achieve your dreams and make wonderful memories. I hope you grow closer to God and others. I hope we can look back on this year and see the joy. Because there’s always something joyful about.

He will never leave or forsake us.




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