The Christmas holiday turned out to be a bit of a downer this year because our entire family had the stomach bug. No big holiday dinners, celebrating or opening gifts with our extended family. We were simply in survival and recovery mode.
Regardless of how we felt, the spirit of Christmas went on and though we were weak, we still rejoiced in the birth of our Savior!
I can say that I am happy to close the chapter on 2013 and look towards the new year with anticipation. Each year I try to decide on a word that will guide my goals for the year. I thought of quite a few, but I kept coming back to one.
I want to use this year to encourage...encourage others and myself.
I want to encourage my children to try new things and challenge themselves.
I want to encourage my husband, friends, and family to deepen relationships and to lift them up.
I want to encourage myself to learn new things, make confident decisions, and take risks.
This will be a year of encouragement! This verse is one to remember...