Well guys….we made it! 2014 is here, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to have a fresh start, to turn the page, and start anew.
2012 and 2013 were valley years. I learned a lot,
enjoyed kicked and screamed through months of pruning, and prayed several prayers that I felt never made it past my ceiling fan. But around September 2012, God laid a word on my heart, wrote it on anything that would stay still long enough for the ink to dry , and even had a dream about it over Thanksgiving…..RESTORATION!!! Isn't that an awesome word!
While I haven't seen much restoration yet, I am faithful. My faith is strong. I know what it's like to pray and worry, and I choose to never venture that way again. As I said goodbye to 2013, and hello to 2014 last night at church, Pastor J spoke on REBUILDING from the book of Nehemiah, which is where our first sermon series will come from. What joy my little heart felt to know that what was on my heart was also on God's. (As if He didn't give me the word to begin with).
I have spent so many years trying to juggle what I know God was calling me to do, and pleasing others, wondering if they approved of my actions. But it doesn't matter to me anymore. The only thing that matters to me is that I have a heart and life that pleases God. That my steps are ordered by Him. That souls come to know Him because I was obedient, and not playing it safe. Even as I type these words, I know that there will be some things that happen, and people will judge me; sadly those that are the closest to me, but I have trusted that the Lord will perfect that which concerns me, and that is more than enough for me.
Jesus is real folks. His love for us is real, and His commission for us is of great importance.
I love quiet times, and I love a good bible study to accompany my quiet times. It's no secret that James is my favorite book in the Bible, and Beth Moore has a study on James! So, guess what I'm starting 2014 off with…..yep! JAMES!!!! So excited! Oh, and not to mention that it was time for a new journal….fresh starts all the way around! I love it!!! I have a little nook in my bedroom that I have made special just for my quiet times…I'm so proud of it. I'll post more pictures when it's just right! I can't wait to plaster the walls with scriptures….yes yes YES!!!
I posted in Instagram last night a little short video of highlights of 2013. I cannot WAIT to see what 2014 holds for me. I know that it will be exceedingly, abundantly, more than I can ask or think, and that makes me SO HAPPY!!!
Happy New Year Friends! May His perfect will be completed in all of us this year!