I always love putting up the new calendar to start off a brand new year. There’s so much promise, so much opportunity, so much possibility in those blank little squares. For many years, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the previous year and on to the next because the year had held so much hardship. 2014 was different for me. It was the first year in a very long time that I can look at and say “That was a great year…and it’s only the beginning.”
Sure, there were hard times…Do we ever have a year without any troubles? Or even a day for that matter? But even in those hard times, I can look back and see the hand of God – protecting me, guiding me, giving me peace in the middle of the storm. One day about halfway through the year, I was sitting in my chair looking around at my way-too-small townhouse and feeling frustrated and claustrophobic at just not having enough space. I was telling God that I love this place, it’s been a good place, but I just can barely stand it anymore. I felt like the walls were closing in. And that’s when I heard Him speak gently to my heart and say “You’ll look back one day and realize this was the place where everything changed.” And it’s true. I can already see it. As much as I want to get out of here and not have little people on top of me all.the.day.long….I see that change has happened. Not a change in my outward life so much as a change inside. Here in this tiny place, I’ve learned to really trust God. To believe that He really will take care of me and my children. To believe that He really will guide my steps and give me good success as I follow after Him. Here in this tiny place, I have found peace.
I’m looking forward to 2015. I have lots of exciting things happening that I know of already (new daughter-in-laws, new business opportunities, moving to a bigger place!, etc.), but I also know that there are many great things coming my way that will be total surprises, and I might miss them if I’m not paying attention. So this year, in addition to my regular calendar, I bought a tear-off page calendar with inspirational quotes for each day. I have decided that each day something great happens I will write it on the page and put it in a jar. This is two-fold – it records what happened and the date so I don’t forget either of those. It doesn’t have to be something spectacular, just something that I know was special. At the end of 2015, I can look back and not just remember the big things God did, but also the little things, the things others may not even notice or care about, but to me, showed just how much He loves me. (It’s not fancy; I’ll have my little crafter decorate it later)
My prayer for all of you this year is that 2105 will be a turning point for you. That you will be able to look back at this year and see how your family became closer, your job got better, your business went to the next level, your mind and heart were more at peace, you courageously stepped onto that road to make your dream become a reality…. I encourage you to get a Blessing Jar of your own so you can look back at the end of 2015 and see just how far you’ve come. I look forward to spending this next year with you! May this be the best year of your life so far and may it only be the beginning!!