2016 | Another New Year!

Happy New Year! I wouldn’t say 2015 was bad – it was just kinda, meh. Nothing ridiculously amazing happened. We lost people we love to terrible diseases. Our brother in law, Chad is now whole in the arms of Jesus. The life he lived and the legacy that he left is memorable and living in my sister and his kids. You are forever missed, Chad!

This was the first whole year since Brad left for Basic. New opportunities and doors have been opened as well as others shut. Usually the beginning of the year I am so amped up and aggressively setting my new goals and digging deep to muster up the hustle and get it a l l done!!

But this year is different. Very different.

The things that are important to me are becoming more in focus. First. My relationship with God. Oh how I have lost my hunger. I want to be hungry again. Just yesterday I had a ‘feast’ of a time with My Creator. It was special. It was me and Him. My heart wide open for what he has for me. I felt full. I felt alive. I felt completely different. I want that always. But I get busy with life and get distracted. I am thankful for feeling that hunger because I know He’s available and waiting for me to come find Him.

Second. My family. My husband. My kids. They are my richest blessings. And oh how I take them for granted and give them my leftovers. They are so gracious with me and I just love them to pieces. I love this quote from Mother Teresa.

“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”

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This artwork by The House of Belonging inRebekah Lyons‘ home

My kids are my ‘right now.’ It’s the season of life I am in. Raising. Teaching. Encouraging. Being Everything to them. And it’s exhausting and feels like I’ll be doing this forever. Which is somewhat discouraging. But I really won’t. And it has gone by so fast! Just like they say.

Third. I have so many dreams, goals and visions and hopes for my future. Where I see God placing me and using me. And my impatience gets the best of me and I feel like I should be there y e s t e r d a y already!! But there is more to come. And the greatest satisfaction I can get is doing my best with what’s in front of me right  n o w. I envision myself speaking in crowds of people giving them hope and encouragement. But I am not there yet. I envision different business ideas that are meant to fund His Kingdom. But I am not there yet. I see Brad and I traveling and sharing how good God really is. But I am not there yet. I learned from Dani Johnson to ‘prosper where you are planted.’ And where I am planted is the season of life I am in with my kids, my work and my responsibilities. If God had me doing A L L that stuff I envisioned, I’d be on the crazy train and overwhelmed. Thank goodness for his sovereignty.  With troubles comes patience and virtue which brings forth hope . . .


 

 

 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!  – Romans 5v4

 


 

So this year I am approaching it calmly with gentle anticipation. I am so thankful for my struggles that have changed and molded me. I ask God for a hunger to fill me with His Spirit that can only and truly satisfy. He longs to do that for me. I am humbled. I am grateful for unanswered prayers and the gentle discipline God has showed me because of His great and overwhelming love for me. He is taking me deeper into understanding the depths of His love for me.

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It’s gonna be a great year. I am not setting any new goals per say. I am reflecting on the old ones I haven’t accomplished yet. I don’t know what’s in store – but I am open to where He leads me.

Cheers to a  healthy New Year filled with Joy!

XO,

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