I thought long and hard about what my theme for 2009 should be. I mentioned before that the thought had crossed my mind to choose a scripture, so most of my thinking was turned toward my favorite verses and the things I hope to accomplish this year.
I have ADD and I struggle with organization. That's really my New Year's Resolution practically every year. I feel like as I have gotten older (and perhaps wiser) that I have really made some good steps forward in this category. I have felt like it wasn't such a huge battle anymore and that my house was at least somewhat orderly if I kept on top of things.
And then 2008 happened.
It was the year that I was supposed to simplify my life. In some ways I really did. I got rid of a lot of clutter. I streamlined my schedule as much as I possibly could. I stopped using credit cards and began to really work to pay down our debt from Joel's advanced degrees.
Yet, in other ways, 2008 has been more chaotic than almost any other year I can remember in my life. Sometimes I felt it was all I could do to keep my head above water, much less try to take care of three daughters and a husband. The last four months especially have been rather trying for me in the organization/simplification department.
So, the scripture I chose is Doctrine & Covenants 88: 119 (also found in 109:8):
"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God."
I like that it not only highlights my organization troubles, but it also encourages other areas of my life that definitely need work. Preparedness is something I really want to get in order this year. I have done fairly well on food storage lately, but I want to truly have a year's supply at the end of 2009. My prayers could definitely use more fervor and sincerity. I can fast with more dedication and purpose. I always need to have more hope and faith in my circumstances. I'd like to study more as far as my career goes, and of course the gospel. I want to feel glorious (who doesn't?). Then there's that order thing that I so struggle with. Finally, I really want my home to be one where the Lord's Spirit can truly dwell.
I have decided to focus on one aspect at a time, and perhaps go back to the ones that I need to work on the most (organization).
We'll see how it all works out, but hopefully at the end of it all, my house (and life) will be in order.