A New Light

The days of late have been short on light. Our weeks have been more wet than dry and the few sunny days that have dotted the days here and there have been relished. When it’s been soggy for so long, the sun’s rays are almost like something completely new. A new light.

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As the new year is now closing its second day, it too is almost like a new light. A clean slate just ready to be written. We have so many plans that are ahead for the year… some we know the details and others we do not, but we’ve placed those unknowns into God’s hands and trust He will work the details to bless us in whatever way fits with His will.

Our little farm from last year will grow a bit bigger this year. Our handful of chickens will grow into a full flock this year and our little hobby garden will turn into a big project which will hopefully have us traveling to farmer’s markets to sell our wares this summer. We’re very excited for this new light, this new adventure that is warming and exciting our souls.

And so we plan. We prepare for new chicks to raise them and ensure their safety. We draw garden plans and search through seed catalogs. We study. We learn. We prepare.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. Luke 14:28-33

And as 2015 is taking off like a kite into the air, I wonder how many resolutions have been made by a whim? How many have said the number of pounds they will lose, or the number of days they will visit the gym, of the number of books they will read, walks they will take without one preparation moment. They are simply kites thrown to the wind without studying the direction, without testing the strength of the line.

One thing God made clear to me on New Year’s Eve was that I must be disciplined and devoted to do my part for the changes I want to see in my life. I can’t simply throw the kite into the wind and expect God to take it to great heights… oh, He could, most assuredly, but what lesson would I learn in my life by that? I feel in my heart that 2015 will be a year of growth and even more changes for my family, but only if we do our part.

We’re following the dreams of our heart and bathing it in prayer. Through discipline and faith, I know we will see great things in 2015. Follow your dreams, plan them, study them. Make them your own by being faithful to seek His will and do your part.

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Counting 1000 Gifts
A Gift Outside, Inside, On a Plate
#4 – Our chickens and the lessons learned from how they depend on us to care for them.
#5 – Our winter tree that we’ve decorated with snowflakes and blue lights as we look forward to our first big snow.
#6 – The hummingbird cake I made for the first time and the bites I’m slowly savoring as the diet starts Monday.