Launching into a new 2014 year flips one of those reflection switches that makes me dissect the good and bad of the past 365 days. I brought in some friends to share their growth and words to 2013, writing a letter to themselves or the past year. Each of these girls is such a picture of love, generosity and creativity. I am so blessed to have them as friends in my lil life. Happy New Years!
To be honest, I’ve been waiting for you to end ever since you took an unexpected turn late in the year. Most of you seems like a big dream, both the good and bad memories a little too painful to remember. Nonetheless, since the fog is beginning to lift and I believe in a God who ordains things even before time begins, I want to reflect on what He taught me through you: thankfulness. So…Thank you, 2013, for teaching me perspective. You allowed me to see the poverty of others, but also the true beauty of simple faith. Thank you for reminding me to cherish my family. They care for me the most of anybody and will always be there to cry, laugh, smile, and do life with. Thank you for showing me the Lord’s favor even in the simple things. What a privilege it was to find it in the praise of a co-worker, the encouraging words of a friend, the smile of children, and the knowledge of a job well done. Thank you for showing me anew the wonderful sacrifice Jesus gave on the cross – oh Lord how you love me! Thank you for showing me what it means to lean on, be confident in, and trust in the Lord’s plan, especially when I don’t understand. And thank you most of all, 2013, for reminding me that your 365 days are just another piece of the bigger story. They may not have been what I expected, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to look back and reflect on some (of the many!) purposes they have contributed to for my life. I am thankful for…you.
I had some pretty high expectations for you. I wanted to grow in some areas like wisdom, listening & obeying, and loving my neighbor. I wanted some circumstances to change completely like having this season of singleness come to a close or finally putting in my application for YWAM. I had some goals I wanted to reach like consistently being a woman of my word and returning text messages/facebook messages/letters in a timely manner. As
I look over my list of goals and areas in which I wanted to see change and growth, what I see most is Jesus. God showed up in every area on my list. He is a faithful God!! More often than not, though, Jesus didn't show up in the way I thought He would or even should. He is continually teaching me that He is more than I could ever think or imagine. Yes, God is love, but He is more. Indeed, God is discipline, but He is more. Praise God He is faithful, but He is more, friends!! Jesus is more and I could not be more grateful. I serve a God who is beyond human comprehension and that helps me to trust Him. Because I don't understand God, I can trust that while I may not see it or understand why I find myself in the circumstances I do, He is working a plan that is for my good and His glory.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose...What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
~Romans 8: 28 & 31
Remaining firmly planted,