Friends, this has been an insane year. I know as we get to the last day of the year we tend to reflect on what happened in the previous 12 months, but wow. This one has been a DOOZY for me! I wanted to put it all into perspective so I can remember the bad along with the good.
Major Trials & Pruning
I wrote about My Year As a Failure in August and shared how I felt like I had failed in so many ways. Daily I struggled along, wondering what I could do to feel purpose.
There were difficulties in relationships this year, which were majorly painful for 2 people-pleasers like Evan & I.
We had a major trial in our marriage, which led to great freedom and depth, but was still painful. In the midst of that time, a tree guy fell 2 trees on our roof, puncturing the ceiling in our son’s room. The whole roof & gutters had to be replaced.
Most businesses have “slow times” and ours is no exception. During those times, we wonder how we will make ends meet & when work will pick back up. It’s also during those times that I stress out and think, “I need a job!!”
For the first time, I actually read my Bible nearly every day. I started a She Reads Truth reading plan and stuck with it the entire year!! It truly grew me in ways I never would have imagined.
I prayed BIG. I prayed that God would give us a sum of money to pay off our debt, and to give us breathing room in our finances. And wow, did he answer BIG! Long story short, when we bought our house, we had a side lot that was undeveloped. One day, Evan joked to our friend, “You wanna buy my lot?” He did. Today they poured the footings for the basement of their new house on our old lot. WHAT??
We started a new small group that has more depth than we’ve ever experienced. I leave each group so challenged by people who are passionate about pursuing Jesus. Our family also started attending Passion City Church, where the Holy Spirit is alive! The fire burns within us like never before!
Our dear friends are moving to Atlanta next month! We have so many incredible people that we get to do life with and they are an intricate part of our spiritual growth.
Morris Family Vacation happened more than once this year and we had great times with family!
Blog writing has been a great outlet for me, and hopefully an encouragement for you. My most-read post was Make Your Own Coffee Bar This Weekend and is constantly re-posted on Pinterest. This was a random post I wrote in a Whole Foods cafe in just a few hours! Who knew it would be such a hit?
Are you one to make goals? Goals are hard for me because if they are written, it almost makes me not want to do them. Weird, I know. Maybe that’s the rebellious side of me…
Each day this year, I have asked God what I’m supposed to do [with my life]. And though he has not answered me audibly yet (though he does do that at times), I feel led to continue with this blog and start E-Design services. There is incredible passion that rises within me when I write & when I help people create spaces that they can enjoy. I am praying that these two areas will grow and will become a source of income. I hope YOU will be a part of that!
So though I am not laying out specific goals, my vision is to see this come to fruition.
It’s Not Always Rainbows & Butterflies
Many of us are hopeful that the coming year will be easy, happy, peaceful. But sometimes the year is defined as challenging or even painful. Yet, as we are pruned in trials, new life can grow. Life that is fuller and stronger. Reality can be painful but a firm grasp on truth will carry us through the trials.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God says this to Israel in Isaiah 43:18-19:
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Let’s grab hold of this truth and not to our former ways. He will renew us and spring forth rivers in our deserts.
Happy New Year!!