Quiet New Year

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” -Henry David Thoreau

What is your New Year resolution? I find it hard sometimes to rally at the start of a new year, to make big promises and pledge big changes when life has headaches that fester, challenges that don’t magically go away and disappointments that honestly drag me down.

I want to be a better mom. I want to find a purpose inside my new blended-family life with the masters degree I spent two years to obtain. I want to get along with my husband’s ex-wife. I want to be more patient, and certainly more understanding.

Henry Thoreau encourages that I need to be quiet. I need to be still. I need to quit trying so hard to make things perfect. I need to prepare, but I don’t need to pretend. Maybe I am not exactly where I want to be. Still, I trust that God will use each situation, each crazy conflict and each encounter for His advantage. Life has hidden rewards and bonus blessings. I pray this new year that I am quiet enough to hear and see and experience what life returns after the disappointments slip away. I have a feeling that life delivers a contentment that only God can anticipate and see and know. Quiet New Year ~ here I am. I welcome you.

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