Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I Rip Van Winkle'd my way into 2014.

My family's church's Watch Night service ended at 9:30pm, and this chick is not the partying kind. But I really wanted to bring in this New Year a different way. I didn't want to stay up and simply watch the minutes go by, as if just another day was coming. So I figured I'd go to bed early and let the New Year come in the night like a present, like Christmas morning is supposed to. Sleep came quickly; I didn't hear anybody's countdown, and by the grace of God I didn't hear anybody's gunshots.

I knocked out for 12 hours, and when I woke up it was another year!

All I want this year is consistency and balance. There are a number of other personal attributes that I could stand to develop, but I believe that once I have the first two, the rest will follow. It may very well take more than 2014 for me to get there, but I'll try my best not to get discouraged and go backwards.
A few days ago I was reading a passage in the Bible where Jesus sends his disciples out to do His work, and the verses below really spoke to my spirit:
"But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you" -Matthew 10:19-20 (NIV)
I think that this will be the passage that guides me for the year. I tend to keep quiet in front of others because I'm not always sure how to say things, and I often worry about how people will receive me and my words. But this year, like last year, I'm going to push myself to be more honest and vocal. I'm a person just like anyone else, and I think I deserve to speak and sing like my life depends on it. Because it does.
That's all I have to say about today. No resolutions. Just my most pressing needs. To whomever may be reading this,  I thank the Lord above that you and I have been blessed to see 2014. Be Happy and God Bless! Happy New Year!

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