Happy New Year

I’ll be honest. At the end of last year, I sort of wanted to hand 2009 its coat, escort it to the door and then very gently and authoritatively KICK IT TO THE CURB.

It was a humdinger, it was.

And while this year has been a humdinger in a lot of ways, too, I’m just a little bit sad to see it go. In fact, I want to give 2010 a great big hug and ask it to stay just a little bitty teensy while longer. Not because it’s been easy. Not because it hasn’t had its fair share of hurts. Because oh have mercy – 2010 has more than delivered in the refining department. There’s been death and illness and heartbreak. There’s been loneliness and insecurity and fear.

But there have also been lessons that I’ll treasure in my heart forever. It’s been a year of not just knowing that God is faithful – but seeing His faithfulness over and over again. It’s been a year of seeing how intricately God works in our circumstances, of seeing the Truth of 1 Corinthians 2:3-7 over and over and over again.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

I’m so grateful for this past year. Even though it’s been really difficult at times, even though I look back on last January and February and think Maybe I should’ve asked my doctor for a little medicine to take the edge off, even though there have been moments when I’ve sort of thrown my hands up in the air and wanted to give up completely on this problem or that situation or the stuff in my life that just completely confounds me, I am ending this year with more peace than I’ve had in a long time.

And that peace isn’t because everything is perfect. OH MY WORD, NO.

That peace is because God is perfect. He is loving. He is gracious. He is holy. He is merciful. He is good.

And I trust Him.

So given all that, my prayer for 2011 is really pretty simple:

O, for grace to trust Him more.

Happy New Year, y’all.

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  1. Amen!!

  2. Amen to that.
    Your posts have made me smile so many times this year. Have a happy and healthy new year with your loved ones.

  3. Blessings on your new year. 2010 was one of my most challenging yet – O for that grace to let go and trust Him!

  4. Beautfiully said…Happy New Year!

  5. Amen, Sister! (on a completely opposite note: Good luck on your bowl game!!!!)

  6. I completely agree.

    Enough good days to balance the bad days makes for a GOOD year :)

    Happy 2011!

  7. Yep..I’ll join you in that prayer! Happy New Year! :)

  8. I have had some of those same thoughts about 2009 & 10 myself. Ai-yi-yi. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet (and often hilarious) words here. I don’t comment much, but I appreciate you and your little corner here of the interweb. I’m proud to be one of the 10 that read daily. : ) Happy New Year!

  9. Amen and Amen. Without grace we are all in a real pickle.
    On October 7th, 2010, I got life altering news. News that every mama of young children dreads. But God has shown up EVERY SINGLE DAY and He is good. He is faithful. And he holds us all in His mighty hands.
    So here is to 2011. Bring it on. He’s got a tight grip. Even when ours falters.
    Thanks for sharing your life with me.

  10. Rachel J. says:

    I really needed to read this post today!!
    Happy New Year!

  11. Beautifully written!

  12. Amen and amen!

  13. Sing it Sista!

  14. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    Happy, Happy New Year to you! Your writing brings such joy and laughter!

  15. Eloquently said! 2010 has not been my favorite year (at all), but I’m thankful for the promise of a new year and new blessings!!

    Many blessings to you and your family!! Happy New Year!!

  16. Great post!!

  17. Oh girl.. so very well said.

    It’s that whole “godliness with contentment” thing. And then that “peace that passeth understanding” thing when our circumstances may not have changed, but *we* have.
    God is so good to His children.

  18. I cry amen to everything you just said. After a year of our fair share of hurts and disappointments and oh my word the family dysfunction, I am strangely at peace, too.
    Thank you for your thoughts. Happy 2011.

  19. i love that song. and that’s a perfect goal, one i should put on my list as well.

  20. Love this post, the end.

  21. Praying your 2011 is AWESOME, beautiful friend! Love you, Sophie!!

  22. That was just the reminder I needed today. Bless you, Sophie! And Happy New Year!

  23. Absolutely beautiful!

  24. thank you :)

  25. You have echoed the thoughts of my heart and put them into such beautiful words.

  26. You know, I so agree. 2010 was pretty darn great for the growth department. I haven’t really given it its due. Thanks for the reminder.

    And yes, oh (OH!) for grace to trust Him more.

    Thanks for keeping it real, Boo Mama. It’s always a treat to visit you here. :)

  27. Love your post. That is my hearts desire for 2011 also. God’s peace . . .
    there’s nothing better . . .

  28. I want to know who gave you a front row seat into my heart. Seriously, your post were my thoughts exactly and literally. 2010 was a year of heartache but more present was God’s peace. Without it, I’m not sure I would have made it to 2011.

    Thanks for sharing.

  29. Thank God you just posted that. I am sitting at my desk..babies finally sleeping…and I took a deep, fearful breath thinking Oh God what will this year bring? Afraid to believe for the good stuff. Going to read Radical again and TRUST HIM MORE. Thanks Boomama for the honesty.

  30. Sophie, I’m late to the game but just wanted to thank you for being so sweet to my Kelly and to tell you I am always one of the “tens of people who read your blog daily” and you are a blessing!
    Love you in HOME LIFE too!

    Happy New Year to you and your sweet sweet family!

  31. Your post sums up perfectly what I have felt brewing at the surface of my heart lately. 2010 easily took 1st place as the toughest year of my adult life. Yet, God proved Himself over and over and over again in every situation. The majority of the circumstances remain unresolved, but God’s Grace truly proves sufficient for me (not sure I fully grasped the depth of that verse before 2010).

    Thanks for sharing. My heart sings a rowdy, AMEN!

    (1st time commenter, long time lurker :)

  32. Yeah, I pretty much said “Good riddance, 2010” about 87-a-trillion times those last couple weeks of the year. I kept meaning to make a big ol’ list of the trials of 2010, but that seemed a bit over-the-top melodramatic and melancholy–not to mention pointless. But I do love me a list. :)