When I look back at 2013 I’m reminded of a quote by Rick Warren that I came across the other day. I loved it so much that I wrote it on my chalkboard and hung it in the kitchen as a reminder that I need to keep looking at the big picture.
What is it about the holidays that is so hard for me? Maybe it’s the focus on family traditions, or the fun of watching little ones open gifts. Maybe it’s the fact that even though Christmas Day was quiet and peaceful for Jay & I…it got a little too quiet. Maybe it was the new babies born to friends, and a few pregnancies announced. Or maybe it’s the reminder that we’re starting a brand new year…and things are still the same. Or are they?
When I take my eyes off the disappointments, I see so much change that happened in my life. It was the beginning of last year that my relationship with God deepened, and that I’ve been on this journey “through the wall”. He’s opened my eyes to so many truths I’d never seen before. I feel like a radical transformation took place in my heart and spiritual life. And that, THAT is the most important thing.
Jay and I are changed- for the better! I’m amazed at the love, respect, and admiration I feel for the godly man he is. Our marriage and relationship are truly blessed.
We’ve been attending a different church for a few months and are so at peace with where God has called us. It’s been hard for me to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people, but it’s been so good for me! I’m the enjoying the new friends I’m making, and I love the teachings, Sunday school classes, ministry, and people- it’s been such a blessing in my life.
My work schedule changed a lot this year- new co-workers and new clients; and I quit my tutoring job.
I’ve read several books this year that have inspired and challenged me…Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Pain Redeemed by Natasha Metzler, and Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan. I highly recommend all of the above!
I’ve taken the time to start dabbling with my creative side- blogging, journaling, and calligraphy.
I’ve slowed down and tried to find the beauty of each day and each season.
So, while there was sadness and heartbreak in 2013, the joys and blessings far out-weighed the pain. I’m excited for a new year, and to see what God has in store for me! And I’m at peace, knowing that my Father’s got it all figured out.
You hem me in behind and before, and You lay your Hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 NIV