11:59 and thinking….

The last day. The last hour. The last minutes of 2010. The last few years I have been alone with my thoughts as the midnight hour approached turning over a new year. This year is no different. I love new beginnings. I love to start new creative projects, new books, new recipes, new organizing ventures; I just love a fresh start! It helps me to move forward when I feel discouraged or lack of motivation. As I sit in my kitchen typing moments before 2011 is ushered in, I am anticipating waking up tomorrow to something new, something hopeful in a new year.

As I reflect over 2010 the word that captures my thoughts is GRACE. GRACE that made my heart sing as I understood the deeper meaning of God’s character. GRACE that covered my days that were apathetic or unproductive. GRACE that sang over my mistakes and failures. GRACE that brought healing into important relationships. GRACE that allowed me to reconnect with life long friends. GRACE that helped me to remember that nothing that touches our lives is ever wasted. GRACE reminded me once again of just how much I am loved by my Jesus. Honestly, I am in awe of GRACE and how God revealed His GRACE to me this past year.

What will 2011 bring? I don’t know. I just know that there will be new adventures. There will be new highs and new lows. God will weave in my heart a new word at this same time next year. I am not sure what that will be, but I am willing to trust Him with this new year. I am willing to let go of what once was in 2010 and embrace what will be in 2011.

What word captures your heart as you leave behind 2010?

This promise in Isaiah that I have read countless times in 2010 causes my heart at this quiet moment to beat faster, to anticipate deeper what God has in store in 2011.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new, even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.

Minutes, seconds, it’s almost here. Can you see it?