New | The Greatest Gift, Striving, Jobs, Living Well.

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This December I read Ann Voskamp’s advent devotional called, The Greatest Gift and really enjoyed it.

At first I thought I enjoyed it in spite of my burnt out exhaustion with life and striving, but now looking at all my favorite lines in one place I realize i enjoyed it more because of those feelings of exhaustion.

It was nice to have a little short blip to read each day to turn my mind a little bit more to the Who of everything instead of all the rest.

Here are some of the quotes:

“You don’t need to climb mountains named I Will Perform.
You don’t need to climb mountains named I Will Produce.
Every mountain that every Christian ever faces, the Lord levels with sufficient grace: The Lord Will Provide.”

“Jesus doesn’t ultimately give you a how-to, because Christianity is ultimately about Who-to.
Every religion, every program, every self-help book is about steps you have to take. Jesus is the only One who becomes the step – to take you.”

“We were made to worship – our internal circuitry wired to worship. Every moment you live, you live bowed to something. And if you don’t choose God, you’ll bow down before something else – some banal Baal.”

“Struggling and rejoicing are not two chronological steps, one following the other, but two concurrent movements, one fluid with the other.”

“All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends.”

“Never doubt there are two kinds of doubt: one that fully lives into the questions, and one that uses the questions as weapons against fully living.”

“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“You are most prepared for Christmas when you are done trying to make your performance into the gift and instead revel in His presence as the Gift.”

I feel like this year is going to be a little different for me. In blogging, living, running, reading, writing. Different. Slower. Usually I write lists to strive by this time of year. This year I’m not.

I still have my lists. I still have my tendency to do instead of be.

I just need something a little different this year. Less focused on success and numbers and more focused on peace, depth, joy, living a bit more freely.

I think the next little while in blogging will be full of a bunch more book reviews. I’ve gotten behind in earning these free books i signed up for. :)

So be prepared.

Other than that I have no plans for here except to try a little less and just do what’s fun for me.

So that’s new.

Another new would be my husband getting a new job. He gave his notice at his last job a couple months ago and now he’s staying busy with lots of interviews, some freelance work, and actually having a little time to play.

We’re looking forward to a new job that allows for a little more family focus. And the more nerve-wracking but kind of exciting part of having the option to move if we wanted to, though we’re hoping and will most likely still be here.

And that’s another new.

Other new: no running goals except to go out again after a month or so of no motivation, a reading goal that is so easy to meet I have the encouragement to linger (it’s really more a reminder to not devour books endlessly than a goal), and i somehow finally have a feeling that I don’t spend too much time on my iPad anymore. So we’ll see what kind of year these things pull themselves together to be.

It should be good.

Happy New Year Late!

Have permission to be and wait and skip the goals. Sometimes the slower things are healthier and more needed than the striving.

What are your thoughts on your year ahead?

Thanks for reading here :)

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