Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

We finished our Christmas giving on New Year's Eve. It was quite a night. For dinner, we enjoyed Terriyaki Burgers on the grill (prepared in shorts and sandals) and then headed to Yogurt Mama's for Daniel's Christmas treat. What an experience. We got to choose from several kinds of yogurt and then add our choice to a seemingly endless supply of toppings. With yogurt in hand, we walked to one of our favorite beaches and walked barefoot on the beach under the full moon. It was beautiful. Fireworks were going off everywhere along the beach and in the neighborhoods that we could see from the shore. We had to turn around at one point, the Secret Service didnt' want us getting too close to the President's house. Then we headed home and stopped off by the side of the road to see the fireworks on the bay. Warm breezes and colors filled the sky. Once into our neighborhood, we had to wait as fireworks were being lit on the street. This was a sign of things to come. I can honestly say that I have never see so many fireworks go off in my own neighborhood. These were the big kind, too. It was like a professional fireworks show minus the parking hassles. At midnight there were numerous Grand Finale's. The booms sounded and felt like they were on our roof. And it lasted until 1:30. It didn't matter, we were so tired that most of us fell asleep anyway. (Left: Laura is watching fireworks while standing on a garden wall and resting her foot on the roof of our house.)

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. " Psalm 90:12
I try to read this psalm every New Year. It's pretty profond. It speaks to the heart of living life with the Kingdom of God in mind. My days are numbered. They are a gift from God. My purpose on this planet is not to grab all the gusto I can, accumulate stuff, or get my kids into college so they can get good jobs. My purpose is to build His Kingdom through relationships, through sacrifice, through teaching, through love and to teach my children this purpose, too. For if we live according to our purpose, we find our greatest happiness. But I like this second excerpt, too: "May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (vs. 17)" Without God's favor, our work won't be accomplished. Only by His strength and blessings can we accomplish His purposes. Moses wrote this psalm. I don't know at what part of his life, but God certainly blessed the work of his hands. I pray that same blessing for us. May God bless your New Year and establish the work of your hands. May He give you a heart of wisdom so that you can use your time on earth well.

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