I did give more to needs that I was aware of than I had ever done before, but I feel like it was just what I was supposed to do; it wasn't above and beyond what I should have done. Poo.
I wish there could be do-overs with my word SACRIFICE.
The year 2012 wasn't what I would describe as a fun year for me. At times I didn't like it very much. BUT. There were a lot of really sweet things that took place: several came to know Jesus, and I saw growth in some girls I have prayed for. A dream was fulfilled and we now have a place for widows to be able to live out their days with dignity. What a blessing that is.
Overall, though, it was tough.
There was hurt that couldn't be shared because it was so personal. I was afraid to write about disappointment and disillusionment because I didn't know what would come out. I couldn't trust myself to write.
My heart seemed to be in constant communication with Him - because it had to be.
I looked for Him everywhere so I could make it through days. To make it through days without having to explain to anyone what was so heavy inside. Conversation was constant between us. I saw little glimpses of God because I needed to see Him.
Starting out this year, all of the hard things have not gone away. I am not asking for stretching this year because I think it is still going on and I want to get through with this one first before I add another.
My word this year is not just one word. It is three. I had to use it before the year actually started so that I could serve with joy when asked. My three words this year are GIVE MYSELF AWAY.
To me that means more than to just do things for people. It is to give my pride, my selfish desires, my wants and needs - whatever is asked - unless the word stretching is involved (wink). It means to be on my knees, willing to be used, ready to praise.
I was in Walmart about a month ago and my shopping cart turned on to the baby aisle. I went there because, finally, after several years of no, we had yes. We have babies coming! I was looking at the car seats and I couldn't stand any longer.
I went to my knees right there on the baby car seat aisle in that huge store.
I don't know who saw me or what they thought. It doesn't matter. There was no other place to be but on my knees. It wasn't something I thought about doing. It was an overwhelming sense of gratefulness that wouldn't let me stand. Tears of thankfulness fell to the floor right there in my giving place.
So I am sort of glad it wasn't an easy 2012. I became so much more dependent on Him that I believe I am better prepared to take on the next 350 days.
I am ready to see what it looks like to GIVE MYSELF AWAY.