A day I excitedly anticipate each year. A day filled with awe and thankfulness, and joy and wonder, as I pause and glance back over my shoulder of the last 364 days.
I take out the photo books I’ve created through the year, and relive the priceless moments captured in pictures through each season… winter, spring, summer, family vacation, and autumn. Yes, five books filled with photos, and memories, and life.
I read through my blog posts of the year, and recall the paused moments in time that God captured in my heart, and equipped me to share in words.
I skim through my personal Bible study notes, as I see growth in my faith, in my Bible knowledge, in my relationship with my Lord.
It’s as if I survey a timeline before me of all God has done in my life through the year. I see His faithfulness in it all… the good, the not-so-good, the yuck, and everything in between. All this humbles me to my knees. Awed. Thankful. Undeserving. Hopeful.
On this last day of 2014, my heart couldn’t be more thankful:
–God gave me a passion to write and to share it publicly. I joined COMPEL, and my love for writing expanded in ways I never expected. I also didn’t expect to meet some of the most incredible people through the writing and blog world. I can’t imagine my life without them today!
–I birthed two new websites which house my two blogs— Loving God Loving Others and Live Love Linger. (How easy it is to write that, when in all actuality, it took much time, toil, sweat and tears to accomplish this feat! The tears were the worst when I lost everything to the white screen of death! Thankfully, Bluehost came to the rescue!)
–Our smooth-sailing lives came to a screeching halt in May, as our children met destruction and devastation face-to-face. Yet, God proved to be bigger still. We saw Him act on our behalf in numerous ways, including when our son lost his eyesight in a soccer game, only to find weeks later he was completely healed.
–Family vacation to Pensacola Beach was our best vacation yet. Hands down. Oh, the laughs, the fun, the sun, the beach. Priceless.
–God opened a door to a new part-time job in banking in June. A new world for me where I learned so much.
–Then RAGBRAI. A life-altering experience, peddling 320 miles in 5 days across Iowa. Oh, RAGBRAI, how I fell in love with you. With my husband. On a tandem. In a tent. With no makeup on. I’ve never appreciated a shower so much in my life. Can’t wait to do it again.
–Cherished times with family, month after month…
(December’s collage is coming tomorrow.)
–And then there was Peter. Peter Pan…
This mom beheld her son dance and sing on stage as Peter Pan to a packed crowd. And Lord willing, I’ll have many more times of watching him doing it again in 2015!
I embarked on a new adventure, with a new job as Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program six days before Christmas, and I love it!
And Christmas. There’s nothing like Christmas.
2014 was a beautiful journey of transition, of love, of joy, of God’s grace and faithfulness. He healed. He restored. He provided. He sustained. He saved. He protected. He was glorified in it all. And I walked with Him, hand in hand. So thankful. Completely thankful. And hopeful for 2015.
Thank you for journeying with me in 2014, and I look forward to sharing life with you in the new year!
God bless you in 2015, dear friend!
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