"The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him" ... Lamentations 3:25
I stepped around my living and dining rooms and noticed the green wall I'd painted this year and the red grandfather clock, too, as well as our scarlet couch and mustard curtains.
I gazed out the window at the 'farm garden bed' added last Spring, reread a few blog and Facebook posts from earlier in 2013 and recalled lugging bags of clutter down to the Salvation Army bin.
Then after picturing sitting on my front porch while staring at the sunshine upon the river (feeling hypnotically relaxed) I remembered walking over to my favorite neighborhood with the American Foursquare houses and being whisked away to the 1930's there.
I felt gratitude for the calmness of 2013, worrying less this year than any other, knowing it was because God's worked extra hard at disciplining my mind to immediately say, "No!" when worry sneaks inside the holes in my head. heh.
This year found me taking hundreds of photos, clipping a zillion coupons, planting seeds of all sorts, buying books at yard sales, playing with our cats and sitting upon my lawn to watch the flowers grow.
And you know? For 2014, I want more of all that was good about 2013. More color and lessons and walks. More discipline, gardening, daily balance, books and hot chocolate on dark mornings. And blogging and friendship and afternoons with the sun upon my face at our dining room table. More oldies on the kitchen radio, phone calls from Naomi, birds at the feeders and Tom arriving home happy at 5:00 because he so loves his job.
And more of God. Always and forever, more of Him.
So more of 2013, please, but on an even deeper, more appreciative level of all God's given and awareness of all He wants to share through me here, there and everywhere.
Yep, more. Just more.
"Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" ... 1 Chronicles 16:11
"Oh, give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies endure forever!"
TV haters will roll their eyes, but two of my favorite surprises of 2013? Fringe and Chuck.
Especially Chuck. Wow. I can't even explain why, other than that show feels old-fashioned and every single episode tickles, charms and delights my head.