words for 2012

Each year I pick two words for the year. For 2011 my words were move & pray. I wanted prayer to be a first response instead of a last resort (I have a friend who has been such a good example in this area, I really admire her for it). I also wanted to stop just dreaming about doing things but to move and actually do them. Looking back on 2011 I think those words were perfect for the year, I’m pretty sure I prayed more this year than I have in my entire life and I finally started to take some action. While I have picked different words for 2012 I want 2011’s words to continue in my life as well.

The words I chose for 2012 are celebrate & create.

Celebrate
So often I am trying to be reserved and to contain my excitement -why? I want to be like King David, “skipping about and laughing with joy” (1 Chronicles 15:25-29), after all, he was a man after God’s own heart. It’s time for me to start celebrating. I want to celebrate holidays, birthdays, my family and friends, my marriage and second chances.

Create
I enjoy creative outlets and for 2012 I want to exercise my creative muscles. I serve a creative God -the CREATOR, I know He can help me create beautiful works.

Do you have any words or resolutions for 2012?

with love,
Chantel

looking back on 2011

I have to be honest and admit that I am glad to see the end of 2011, it hasn’t been my most favorite of years. There have been many good things happen this year and lots of memories made but it had it’s share of hard moments as well.

We were at the hospital a lot
Rae spent a few days in the hospital with cellulitis
She had x-rays and a CT scan
The dreaded appointment where we were told that she needed surgery
A pre-op for her surgery
Then the surgery to re-open her soft spot
A couple of days in the hospital after that
A couple of post-surgery check ups

Got Raeca her passport
Went on a US road trip and hit up Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota

My “little” brother graduated from high school.

Another niece was born.

Made some new friends

Read 40 books

Booked our tickets for Africa (leaving in 34 days!)

Took thousands of pictures

Prayed to have my heart broken for the plight of the orphan and it has been

Spent a lot of time cuddling Raeca and hearing her giggle

Celebrated five years of marriage with Jared

Came to the realization that giving is a gift and there are way more people utilizing their gifts than I realized

Started some Christmas traditions for our little family

So long 2011!  I’m looking forward to 2012!

A little peek at Raeca enjoying some of her Christmas gifts:

with love,
Chantel

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
{Isaiah 9:6 }

I hope you have a blessed Christmas and are able to celebrate the birth of our King with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

with love,
Chantel

prayer

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
{James 1:5-7}

I have felt convicted lately about the way that I pray. Am I praying to raise my odds or do I really believe that God will answer my requests? I think far too often the former is true. I have so much in this world and so many resources at the tips of my fingers that if I didn’t want to rely on God, for the most part I wouldn’t have to. But I don’t want to live a life like that. I want to live a life dependent and trusting in God. A life that puts His will for my life first. I want to pray believing He will answer me.

with love,
Chantel