I’m just not sure how we can top 2015. It was the best year of our marriage, the best year of being parents, the best year of traveling and adventuring. I wrote somethings I’m proud of and God came up with some pretty exciting opportunities for me. We officially became debt-free, paying off the last of my master’s degree student loans in March and paying off our credit card in November. We both got new jobs and while they might not be where we’ll be long term, they were an answer to our prayers and we were (and are) overwhelmed with God’s graciousness in our lives.
If I had to pick one word for 2015, I would say overwhelmed. It seems like every time I turned around, God was showing up big time for us. In ways that I’ve shared and ways that seem best kept between God and the Grahams. Not because we don’t want to shout his goodness from the rooftops, but because not everything belongs on the internet. So when we run into each other next, let’s talk about what God’s doing in your life and I’ll share with you what he’s done in mine.
Normally I pick a new word for the year, a goal or focus. In the past, I’ve chosen purpose (2015) and run (2014). When I sat down to write this, I was pretty adamant about not having a word this year. Nothing was standing out to me and I couldn’t even tell you what I’m dreaming about for 2016 because I’m still pinching myself from 2015.
But then my word appeared when I was trying to tell you how I didn’t have a word this year.
Expectant. That’s it for 2016. As I tried (unsuccessfully) to wrap my head around what God did in our lives last year, all I could come up with is what in the world could he do next year? What more is to come? I know he has good for me (and you) planned. I know that he will take care of us wherever we go. I know that we will struggle and he will be our anchor.
Other than that, I can’t even dream that big. Sure, I have some hopes and goals for next year. I have some crazy, wild dreams. I have some no-holds-barred wishes. I have things I’d love to do, places we’d love to travel, things we’d love to accomplish. But instead of throwing those out on a list this year, I just want to wait expectantly.
I expect my God to show off in 2016.
That’s all I’ve got. And it’s enough.
Happy New Year, friends.