So another year ends … to be honest this one has not been fabulous … so I’m happy to say goodbye to it and move on to a new one.
Some good stuff happened in amongst the hard things. Alexander was in year 6 at school … that meant the traditional end of year camp and other celebrations that leaving primary school means. This was how he dressed to go to the formal dinner/dance thing. He’s looking forward to Intermediate next year.
Rebekah finished her two years at Intermediate on a happy note. She was runner up for the English trophy … who knows what she could achieve if she actually put some effort in! I think the concept of doing homework at home will be a bit hard for her to adjust to next year.
She exhibits some typically weird and often moody teenage behaviour but there’s also glimpses of the beautiful, responsible young woman she is becoming.
And Jessi … well, Jessi’s personality has really grown this year … since playing the fox in her school play this year, she’s decided that maybe she’s quite the drama queen. Definitely always trying to be the centre of attention, yet still sweet … mostly. She has another two years at primary school … she’s looking forward to being there with no older siblings around.
My one little word for the year has been really hard to stick with. It’s seriously hard to ‘rejoice’ when life is more sad than happy. But then, I think perhaps some of those less joyful situations would have been far worse had I not been wanting to rejoice.
I came across this verse recently which I think explains how my word actually turned out for me …
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
When things don’t go well the best place to be is close to God and with his protection it is possible to rejoice no matter what’s going on around you. This doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve been able to feel joyful all year but I have been able to rejoice in God because he’s bigger than all of life’s problems even if they do seem big at the time.
Till next year …
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