Happy New Year 2011 from the Sloan family. We are growing! Little George is nearly two and Shannon and Mark are expecting another little one, Anna Lee in May. We are very excited for this new addition to the family. Mark is half way through his residency program in Emergency Medicine (St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL) and is loving being a Daddy. Shannon is a wonderful and happy Mom to George. She is excited for Anna Lee to be born. Anne is studying her first year of medical school and loving it. She seems to be a natural study-er and very disciplined. We are grateful that she had a little time off to make her famous shortbread cookies for Christmas. Marie is completing her degree in Dance and French at Birmingham Southern College. She has many interesting opportunities to decide upon as the summer of 2011 approaches. We are praying for God's direction to be clear when the time comes. Meanwhile she plans to enjoy her last semester! Paul is happy and content doing what he is called to do...care for his patients at the University of Kentucky. His calmness and patience has made him a favorite with the residents and others in training. Me? Well if you are reading this blog, you can guess where I am headed this year! I leave this Thursday for one month mission journey to Uganda, Kenya and Niger. You will hear all about the trip in future blogs. As the New Year begins, many are thinking about making resolutions which can be goals to aim for....we often make resolutions related to personal goals of achieving health, happiness and prosperity. I am so thankful during my time of reflection over 2010 and contemplation of the future that this old hymn came to my mind....I would like to share some of the words with you....
My Goal is God Himself
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God
'Tis His to lead me there, not mine but His
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay:
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here from day to day,
And in the glory there my Great Reward.
Isn't that the sweetest thought, to make the Lord Jesus Christ our goal for the coming year? I know I want to increasingly know, love and serve Him in 2011.
Have a blessed beginning to the New Year 2011~ Blessings!