Some of us are hoping 2016 will treat us as well as 2015; others are wiping blurry eyes from the chaos of 2015 and hoping 2016 will be different. Some haven’t thought about 2016 and will take it as it comes.
If you’re not used to dreaming about the future and its possibilities, I’d highly recommend starting. January is a time of resetting our mind, heart, and soul on the right path. Create vision for your life, but don’t allow it to only be a vision; do what you can to make it happen because vision always comes from a passionate heart. It’s not necessarily a list of to-do’s, goals, or resolutions; it’s simply making positive “what-ifs” about what lies ahead for your life. More importantly, start believing that God will take you there.
Whatever this past year has held for you, God wants to do bigger, take you deeper, and use you more.
The year has surged emotion, lessons, wonders, and new territory. Like all lessons, I will keep the memories handy, and with clenched fists of determination I will carry this wisdom into the rest of my days. Keep your lessons learned in one hand, and pick up your dreams in the other. Your hands may or may not be full, but God can handle it.
Here are a few things I learned in 2015:
- God will never leave you, even though you might feel stranded for a second.
- Handwritten notes are valuable.
- There is grace in grief to carry moment by moment.
- God isn’t mean.
- I do have the strength to be thankful behind glassy tears, red eyes, and deafening silence.
- Coffee soothes the soul.
- I can’t wait to be a mother.
- Open doors are undeniably God, and so are the shut ones.
- Good days are to be embraced.
- Trusting God is freedom.
- I can give myself grace to not have it all together because God does have it all together.
- Silence isn’t always meant to be filled with words.
- The dreams inside of you are God-given.
- Always take pictures.
- Love big.
- People remember your words, so choose them wisely.
- God is good and He does take care of us.
- My standards for my future husband have been raised (thanks, Dad).
- No child is too young to hear godly wisdom.
- Joy is priceless.
- I can sit on my floor and cry and it’s okay.
- Jesus is our living hope.
- Thankfulness makes life enjoyable and gives God glory.
- God understands my pain.
- God is close to the brokenhearted (whatever kind of heartbreak that may be).
- God is the place of rest for a rushed soul.
- It’s going to be okay.
- I still don’t have to fear bad news because God’s protection is there.
- Embrace life: the messy, the organized, the fun, the sad, and laugh while doing it.
- God does want to take you beyond your wildest dreams.
God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG)