As part of my practice to review the previous year, I look back over the books I completed, I read through my journal entries, and I do a spiritual review using the Fruit of the Spirit. I also take a look back at some of the topics and events that prompted me to write over the previous twelve months. You may have already read some of these, but if not, the links will take you to each story.
I began last year in the Psalms, considering whether the imagery in some of the psalms are more pedestrian than we take them to be. In Praise of Emails and Errands examines one of these psalms and asks whether or not we can find spiritual significance in the mundane, seemingly trivial chores of life. This turned out to be somewhat of a theme for me this past year: Finding God in the everyday rhythms of life.
The Psalms, as a whole, turned out to be another theme as well. In The Courts of God, I look at the imagery of being in the presence of God. It should be no surprise that the same idea was being conveyed. A person need not go to the Temple or other buildings to find God. Wherever we find ourselves throughout the day, that space can become sacred space.
Last March we got a new dog, a one-year-old German Shepherd. In Dog Training, I am reminded how much dogs can reflect our own emotions and energy levels. Having a dog is like have a living, breathing barometer in the room giving me constant feedback on my own state of mind. I will often find myself uttering something to the dog in frustration, only to hear the echo of God’s voice saying a similar message to me.
In May, I did a bit of housecleaning on my blog. I combined the contents of another blog onto this site. As a result, there is much new content related to my book, Ten Essential Words, on this site. For a full index of that content, check out the Top Posts page.
I have already discussed the books I read, along with some of the posts that relate to my reading. In December, I took time to reflect on all the transition that last year brought and reaffirmed my desire to be more present in each moment. In Gift of the Present, I explore yet another reoccurring topic from last year: that of the past, present, and future.
As the holidays turn into a busy beginning to a new year, I hope you take some time to reflect on the past, live in the present, and trust God for your future. Thanks for allowing me to share my own musings with you. Please click the ‘Sign Me Up’ button on the home page to follow along this next year. Not all content is posted to Facebook.
Peace and Blessings!