New Year's Resolutions

As we look to the new year, here are a few things that God has encouraged me (Tricia) with lately.

"Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labor and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science. But I predict that just when you see with horror that in spite of all your efforts you are getting farther from your goal instead of nearer to it-at that very moment I predict that you will reach it and behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord who has been all the time loving and mysteriously guiding you."
-The Brothers Karamazov

"Peace is not just the absence of conflict... [peace is] where a person's life with God and with everything else is in ordered harmony, both physically and spiritually, and 'all is well.'"
-study Bible note on peace/shalom from Romans