With the new year, I’ve been working on getting all my files in order….new labels, colored folders to keep categories together and easily accessible. Out with the old year, in with the new. Streamline, declutter, organize, manage – especially good things for someone in admin! In stark contrast to December where the file cabinets are overflowing, it’s refreshing to have empty files waiting to be filled in the months ahead.

I’m eagerly anticipating what’s going to fill my months. What new experiences will I have? What new people will I meet? How will my spiritual life grow? What are going to be my challenges and new opportunities for growth?

Sure, I’ve got things that are already on my calendar. Visit my dad in Albuquerque next week, a concert in April, doctors appointments, piano tuning in June, my weekly Bible study group…and something new this year: me-time that’s blocked out and made a priority so that my life is in better balance – mind, body, spirit….daily.

But what I’m most looking forward to is the unplanned. The unexpected that shows up in life that didn't have a colored file folder ready and waiting for it that's neatly labeled and in the right order in with the rest of the organized stuff. Remember Christmas morning as a kid and getting that totally unexpected gift that wasn’t on your list? One that you couldn’t have thought of yourself, but one that was given to you that came with a lot of thought and love by someone who really knows you? I trust that God is “shopping” for me and wrapping up some wonderful and beautiful surprises in the year ahead.  

May you have rich, unexpected blessings this year!

Nancy Nickoley

…May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.  

2 Thessalonians 2:15 (The Message)

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