Fresh Reflection - 01/02/14

    I love the New Year.  It's a time of reflection and simultaneous dream building.   We wrap each year at my house by writing out our dreams and prayers for the new year.  We get one sheet of paper and draw a line across the middle horizontally and down the middle vertically.  This leaves 4 squares, one spot for each family member.  We've been doing this for the last five years.  Even before the kids were old enough to write sentences, we would have them articulate their prayers and dreams and we would write it for them in their little square.  We then place the paper in a little metal tube (almost like a time capsule.)  It's packed away with the Christmas decorations.   Each year, when it's time to pull out the lights and ornaments, we get to look in the rear view mirror of life as we read each entry aloud.   In some shape, form or fashion... God has addressed everything on all of our lists. 

    For our family, this is such an important act of gratitude.  We've found that by writing down our hopes and prayers, we're better able to see God's miraculous ways in black and white.  Each and every year, this exercise leaves us amazed at how He uses us to help others, to spread light and love, how He answers requests, fixes issues, heals broken bodies, opens doors and blesses our little family well beyond anything that money could buy.

    This weekend, as we take down the tree, we'll once again sit down and write out our prayers and dreams for 2014.  Not for God's sake, but for our own.  Without this visual accounting on paper of our blessings, we'd be hard pressed to remember them all.  

 

 

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