a reflection

The last week of the year, the week after Christmas, for the last few years has been a “silent week” in my life. In the past, Tyler has not had to work, I haven’t worked, we’ve gone on vacation, buried down in our haven-home, and simply relaxed after the fun-filled holidays.

This year – this week that I’m sitting in right now – is again a “silent week.” One of the loudest, I admit, because we – Tyler, Leland, and me – are with Matt Papa at a Campus Outreach event in Tennessee. Still, though, a silent week because we aren’t at home doing the normal; I get almost uninterrupted morning hours to blog and prepare for the upcoming year during Leland’s nap time, and we all together get to simply enjoy life.

This time has given me the opportunity to think. And to write. And here’s a few ruminating thoughts I’d like to share with you.

First, from Luke chapter 2, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” This scripture verse is a verse I had to pleasure to read and to have read over me throughout the Christmas holiday. It is one of my favorite verses, Mary giving me an example of how to behave when the Lord is doing wonderful things all around you and through you. Yes, as I re-opened my blog a few weeks ago, I wrote that I would share my life with you. And yes, I love to share life with my family, my friends, for the sake of the gospel. And at the same time, there are things that the Lord does in and around me, says to me, that are too intimate and wonderful to share. It’s almost like it might spoil the surprise. And I think it’s something that you deal with situation by situation, with much discernment. Sometimes, the Lord has me to treasure something in my heart only for a time; then, He allows me to share it with others. Other times, it is for the Lord and me. And we enjoy having our own little secrets. It seems that this treasuring and pondering will be an important part of my relationship with the Lord as we enter into the new year. Only time, and the Lord, will tell.

Second, I was talking with my sister – do you know since the very beginning of her existence, she was a sister, my sister!?!?! (that is something that I just realized ((my other sister brought it to my attention)) and it just stuns me! thank you, sissy, for always being MY sissy!) – and we were discussing how we feel like our 20’s – from 20 to 30 years of age – is a time for growth, standing up in yourself, making mistakes, enjoying the Lord’s mercies that are new every morning, and really just a coming in to your own season of life. This is something I may write more about later – I am still just ruminating over this thought.

Third, I’m SO THANKFUL to the LORD for 2011. Y’all, it started off a bit rough. It was a cold winter last winter; Tyler and I were in a transitional time in almost every important aspect of our lives. Gladly, we became uncle and aunt (well, honestly, I don’t like the title ‘Aunt Rachel,’ but I’ll deal for the leetle baby girl who’s aunt I became). This was the highlight of our January. Otherwise, it seemed like we sat around in the cold darkness, wondering what in the world. Then February came. And OH the LORD is GOOD. from everlasting to everlasting. in trial and triumph. HE IS GOOD.

I think that’s all for now. I think that even though these three thoughts may seem somewhat unfinished, I think that  this is all I am to say for now. And I hope to elaborate more throughout the first month of 2012.

Cling to the Lord, or don’t. But I pray that you do. For the Lord is light, and life, and love to all men who call upon His name.


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