I am sitting in my chair in the living room, trying to remain calm and write this darn blog post. But my eyes keep darting here and there and everywhere, assessing the Christmas decorations and how long it will take me to get them put away tonight.
It’s not that I don’t love Christmas decorations, because I do, and in fact my love for them may border on the obsessive. I recently had a long conversation with a man about how Christmas lights could be strung inside a casket and run with solar power for eternity, just to give you an idea of my mental issues.
But I digress. This post isn’t about Christmas decorations or caskets. It’s about the fresh, new, clean, and pristine year that awaits us in a few days. I’m done with 2014 and ready for 2015 and these Christmas decorations clearly belong to the waning year.
2015 holds the promise of all sorts of delightful changes. We have hours, just hours, left before our tenant moves out of our rental house and on to better things for her family. She’s been a wonderful tenant and I’m glad we had a chance to work with her, but I can’t wait to be a not-landlord anymore. I can’t wait to get the house ready, put it on the market, and let some new family make memories there. I can’t wait to have only one house with one tax bill and one insurance policy.
Then my new book, If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What To Do, will be published in a few months. It needs to go through the final copy editing and typesetting, then it’s off to the printer! As the publication date draws closer we’ll be having some changes here on the blog. Our current topic of simple living and relationship building has been getting us ready for the new book, which is all about how we need to be listening to God, ready to act on what He tells us, and then– here’s where it gets tricky– actually do what He tells us.
Many of us say we want to listen to God, but we don’t know how. Or, if we do know how, sometimes our follow through is a disaster. We try, but it’s often so much harder than we thought. We come saddled with financial constraints, fears, and family issues. These things might threaten to derail our efforts, but we’re going to follow God, together. No one gets left behind on this grand adventure with God! This blog will be here to kick us all into gear.
After the house is (hopefully) sold and the book is published, the rest of the year awaits us. I’ll be working more on my novel-writing, taking care of my family, and also working at my job which has an actual paycheck. I have big plans to rip out the entire front yard and plant all new landscaping. I also need to repaint the bathroom, put a waterfall in the backyard, and also redecorate our bedroom.
What about you? Are you ready for 2015 and the fresh start it promises? What are you hoping for this year?
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:4, NLT)