new year

i am amazed that it is 2012.

i am ready for a fresh start.

this past year was full of a lot of hardship. more like the last few years have been full of hardship.

i was reminded on sunday that my outcome and my joy is determined upon where i put my focus. so often i look at the struggle, the mountain, the climb and dismiss the journey or the amazing place i have found myself.

okay, i won't get too biblical, but my perspective is shaped by where my hope lies. mull over this excerpt and reflect on how this verse in philippians could change your 2012..
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. philippians 4:8
my gosh, how i spend so much time navel gazing.

i want this year to be full of joy and life. being thankful and rejoicing over the mountains i have climbed!

no more worry and anxiety over the what ifs, the whens, the i don't knows...
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. philippians 4:6-7
this year i am thankful for:

an amazing niece
a job
family that genuinely loves and cares for me
continued health
friends who love and influence me to be a better me
challenge developing into perseverance...

my list will continue to grow as the days of this year do.

write a list and count your blessings.

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