2009 has already proven to be quite the rollercoaster ride for me, with ups and downs,emotions, swallowing of pride, forgiveness, the surprise of how things aren't as bad as you might think they are, the way family closes ranks to protect its own, the uplifting of prayer, and the hugs that say,"I'm here."
So, I'm a bit of a rag doll. December was a doozy for me with the computer systems failing, and I reached a point where I was too exhausted to even breathe. But through the days and into the New Year, I've been blessed more than I have in the last few years, as family has come and gathered around us and prayed and I'm feeling so, so blessed.
I'm glad I thought of Daily Yes before all this happened. Because I was bound and determined no matter how bad each day was, that I would find a Daily Yes to celebrate. I didn't actually have the time nor inclination (I was deathly ill, remember? :P) to create, but I looked for daily yes's as a way to count my blessings, even when it looked like the day was toast. It's like a fist pump, to celebrate the amazing and good in every day, a way to fight for strength and a boost for the soul.
Let me share them with you:
- Daily Yes: our family devotion time, just before bedtime. We're reading the Picture Bible aloud every night, and then there's question/answer time, and we try to show the kids some relevance to their lives. We're not trying to make it preachy and forced, and our hearts are always blessed when we read the 20 or so pages and deem it enough, and the kids both say,"no, read more!"
- Daily Yes: The kids' prayers. We're moving away from "Now I lay me's" to more personal and familiar conversations with God. Mostly Em, although Cam today said the cutest prayers for "poor people who sleep on the floor, help them get money from other people..." And their faith and trust in God just bolsters our faith, and reminds us how we should be more like children sometimes.
- Daily Yes: Getting things around here done. Lots to do.
- Daily Yes: Baking time. The kids and I have been baking and enjoying our treats. I'm taking photos of our baking sessions and will create a little book with the photos and recipes. Cam and I baked some peanut butter cookies a few days ago, and Em was our photographer. It was magic.
- Daily Yes: exercising. And feeling good about it.
- Daily Yes: seeing a house project coming to be, after a looooooong time of needing to get it done.
As 2009 goes on, I know we have quite a bit to go before I can completely breathe right again, and there's still so much work to be done, but I'm finding comfort in the fact that there will be a Daily Yes everyday - and that blessings are there to be found, everyday.