I called my dad because I always call my dad when I'm feeling "blah." I'm truly blessed to have him. Besides Todd, he's my very best friend. Is that strange? I guess I don't really care if it is. Anyway, I told him I didn't feel good about this year and he told me to stop saying that. Apparently I said the same thing in 2007 and it was one of the hardest years we have had. I let those words come out in January...my dad was in the hospital in April.
Am I saying that because I said it would be a bad year bad things happened? Of course not. What I did was set myself up to expect the worst. Would my dad have needed surgery to repair his heart no matter what I thought? Yes. Would I have faced his health issues with more hope if I had said "this is going to be the BEST year?" Probably.
So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to take my dad's advice and I'll stop saying it. Yes, 2010 has been a bit tricky and it's only the 5th day of the new year. But God is good. He is already bringing healing and hope even when I think everything is headed downhill. He's pretty great that way.
So today I'm turning a new leaf. It's going to be a good year. No matter what happens, I know that the things we face will draw me closer to my Savior. Plus I get to face this year with the greatest husband in the world, the most supportive family and the best friends a girl could ask for.
Todd has been teasing me lately, saying I must have OCD because I can't stop cleaning and putting things in order. Maybe I do have a slight case of OCD, but having everything in its place helps me focus on what is important. A clean slate is always better than a big mess. It's good for the soul to be organized - whether at work, home, or just in our thoughts.
One of the things I love about the new year is the January issue of home magazines. All of them strive to get their readers organized. I love it.
Who could stay in a bad mood if their home looked like the photos above? You know I'm right. Watch Hoarders and tell me those people are happy!
My house doesn't look quite like that and probably never will, but I'm working on it. I'm currently finishing our guest bedroom that I've been working on for months. I'm excited to get a post up about it soon!
So here's to cleaning out the clutter. To looking at the year ahead with hope and anticipation of the great things God will do. To getting organized so that I can see clearly God's perfect plan. To looking at this post in 2011 and laughing at myself for being worried over nothing.
2010, bring it!