New Year, New Beginnings
A new year brings a time of reflection, a hope for restoration and a sense of boldness as we fall in line with new beginnings. I'm off to a slow start, but I'm determined to focus on ways that I can (and have) improved, rather than ways that I may fall short. Looking back on the whirlwind of 2017, I am proud to say it was a year of adventure, exciting yet terrifying change, and a glimpse into things to come.
First and foremost, my husband and I had some incredible experiences while traveling and pursuing a deeper relationship with the Lord. We met some incredible friends while attending an evangelistic conference in Pennsylvania and my husband was able to travel to Israel for 10 days where he encountered radical intimacy and amazing testimonies of God and His goodness. I got over my fear of flying commercially when my best friend’s little girl was born, I quit my very stable office job that I have had for the past four years for an at-first (not guaranteed) nanny job, simply trusting God would provide. I became an auntie to the most beautiful little blessing, Eloise Rose and my husband and I found out we were expecting after several months of trying to start a family. What can I say? God is good, all the time.
For the new year, I hope to find peace in the unknown and strength in the full surrender that comes with a renewed life in Christ. Many resolutions are the cliché: lose weight, eat better, exercise more, read more books, travel more, get a promotion etc., but this year I want to look towards a more eternally focused goal for myself. I want to spend more time in The Word ( at least an hour each day), I want to seek God’s plan for my life above my own, I want to raise up a child in the way they should go so that when they are older, they do not depart from it (more on that one later 😉 ),and I want to surrender finances to the Great Provider instead of stressing over perishable things. I want to pray for more people, for the simple fact that it is what Jesus would do. As for my blog, I want to be more intentional about posting…not only for myself, but more importantly for others who may need to hear something I have to say. The thing is, we never know what others are going through or how things that seem insignificant to us can mean life-changing revelations to others. Even if it is just that they are loved, God is good, and you can do all things through Him.
They say most people fall back or “fall out” of their new year’s resolution by the first or second month (ahem, guilty) , but I implore you to find an uplifting and encouraging group of others with similar hopes as yourself. Keep in fellowship with them and I can guarantee it will make the road ahead so much easier and less daunting. Will there be times of struggle and fear? Of course. Will there be times when you “just don’t have time”? Definitely. But, when you have a support system to help you, it enables you to pick up where you left off and keep pushing ahead.
I’m already behind on this “new year” and my resolutions for my blog, but that’s just life sometimes and we are definitely all human. Thank you to everyone who supports me regardless of my shortcomings, I couldn’t do this without you!