Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year

Happy 2017!!!

It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and focus on blogging, but I'm making it a goal of mine to get back to doing this weekly!!!  So, please, someone hold me to it!

A lot can happen in a year.
I don't think I realized just how true this could be until this past year.
2016 will be remembered for our family as one filled with our greatest joys, but also one filled with our greatest hurts and deepest losses.

As we have sat together and reflected on the past year, a few things have been constant:

* Faith
* Family
* Friends

Faith, by definition is a complete trust or confidence in someone or something; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

There's this song, Oceans, that I love...and some of the lyrics are:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my [faith] will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
That's where we've been.
And my goodness, we have persevered.

We have learned that sometimes you just have to accept what God has allowed.
It hasn't been easy, but we continued to trust that God was greater than our hearts and knew all things.
And I can say I truly believe we have come out stronger.

Through it all, I can say It Is Well!

This past year was a trying one for each of our families as well.
We experienced a lot of death.
A lot of loss.
Both Phil and I lost a grandparent and Phil, his father.
And other distant relatives as well.
And death is hard, whether you are aware of one's time left here on Earth or not.
But, for the most part, I can say that death has allowed our families to draw closer.
Maybe even made us rethink the way we are interacting with the people in our life, the ones who you would think you should be the closest to.

This past year I can honestly say that we were shown true friendship.
We have friends who have loved us and our girls, who have stood in the gap praying for us through some trying times.
Friends who have rejoiced with us and friends who have cried with us.

We have "no matter what" people...friends who we consider family.

Our "circle" may have gotten smaller, but, sometimes less is MORE!  And I believe that God brings people in your life for a reason - I'm thankful for each and every friend in our life.  Some we see/speak to on a regular basis and some we go months without seeing or speaking to...but true friendship remains through any time or distance.

If you haven't noticed the theme...this past year has proven once again that we ARE better together!

As we look forward to a new year, we have much to be thankful for and are excited for the possibilities that are ahead of us.

We have been reminded many times that as long as you have people in your life that love you and support you - you can and will be ok. Summing it up, this is how I feel:

In closing, I wanted to share this as it has always been a favorite quote of mine:
"Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes. Don't regret what is past. Cherish what you have. Look forward to all that is to come. And, most important of all, rely moment by moment on Jesus Christ."

May 2017 be a year filled with GOOD things!  May you remember that no matter what tomorrow holds, we have a God who will hold it all together!  And may you be the light for someone this year, look for the good and remember WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!


1 comment:

  1. What an awesome testimony! I am bursting with love and pride for you, my dear daughter! The way that you handle the trials and challenges in your life are en encouragement to all who know you, including me! I pray that 2017 will bring all of us new opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus in the good times and well as the bad times.