December feels like falling in love all over again. Falling in love with what matters.
Throughout the year, I forget. After the New Years Resolutions, I get lost somewhere amidst coffee stained to-do lists, sticky summer months, August coming all at once...
and then the crisp fall air dumps snow and I arrive, flushed and out of breath, just in time for the holidays.
These past few weeks I've felt like I'm coming home, even in the midst of it all. Early mornings have created space for sweet, sweet time with the Lord. Busy days at work have created opportunity to pray without ceasing and watch Him unfold something beautiful. Long hours of typing away on schoolwork have created the deep satisfaction that comes after a job is well done...
..Like I've been marinating a steak dinner all year and now I get to sit down take the very first juicy bite. That's December for me. A bite of steak. Which embarrassingly exemplifies my love affair with food. I digress.
But in that spirit of pausing, reflecting and enjoying the fruits of this year, my goals are remaining simple.
-Finish Strong. I'm so excited for this time of year that it's easy to throw in the towel on schoolwork early. But I want that soul-satisfaction, so let's do this thing.
-Read. For Fun. I look forward to this cease in schoolwork all year for the time it gives me to read what I want. Lots of it. (Currently: The Best Yes)
-Finish Christmas gift shopping & creating before I leave to visit family on December 21 (!!!!)
-Take my gift of alone time to spend more sweet time with the Lord - Scripture reading & prayer
-Spend a rainy afternoon reflecting on this year & brainstorming some 2015 goals
& there you have it, short and sweet. I'm looking forward to what the Lord will teach me during this special time of celebrating Him. I so love Christmastime.