January of 2011 I declared my words for the new year, "Be Not Afraid". With several major family events scheduled I was already feeling anxious. As a child of God I know I should "be not afraid" so I made it my New Year's resolution to seek the peace in those words. How did I do?
Our only child, L., graduates from High School in the spring and leaves for college in the fall. Spring term is grueling as he works to finish up Senior projects and pass tests earning his International Baccalaureate, as well as his high school, diploma. Graduation day was exciting with family traveling in to celebrate.
Money begins flowing to the university with down payments, fees and reservations. Unexpected scholarships come in and we meet all the required obligations. September we pack up and move L. into his dorm. Tuition is paid, books are bought, housing is charged. The first year is covered.
How did I do, not being afraid, in 2011? At each shift that would turn my insides with anxiety I would kneel at my bedside, offer it up to the LORD, ask forgiveness for my weakness and declare, with His help, I would not be afraid.
2012 brings many of the same issues but I have known peace through 2011. We have been steadfast; working, adjusting and tightening our finances and keeping God at the center of our lives. We have met all our obligations and I am not afraid, that we will meet all that are yet to come.
John 14:27 (NIV) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
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