At the start of every year I begin a new journal, and I write on the first page my hopes, dreams and prayer requests for the new year. These hopes and dreams I try to hold with open hands knowing that God's plans for my life are better than my own. I also know that God loves me so much and knows my heart so intimately that he wants to give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4) The first part of that verse is "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." This verse is well quoted because its so classic of Americans expecting God will just give them what they want. I know I'm guilty of thinking this. I think that this year God has shown me what it means to "delight in him." My heart longs for Jesus. My soul thirsts for his living Word. He is the one I want to wake up with in the morning and talk to as I sip my first cup of coffee. I dream with him, I pray with him I seek him. But this wasn't natural at first, and if I'm being honest it wasn't always the first thing I wanted to do in the morning. But through this year I learned that I cannot accomplish any good unless it is He who is living through me! I am nothing apart from Christ (Psalm 16:2). " I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'" 2013 quite candidly has been the hardest year of my life. I had a rough start to the year and struggled a little with depression. Starting my first job wasn't easy either, but it was through the hard times and feelings of depression that I sought Christ, and spent at least an hour with him every morning. You do that and guess what? You get to know someone. I have never known Jesus so intimately before, and can I tell you that in full honesty it is the most content I have ever been in my life. There is so much safety and peace in knowing the Father so personally. I thought it would be fun to reflect on prayers answered in 2013 and to share with you a few things I am praying about for 2014!
-Meet with a Mentor (Jan, Discipleship: January 2013)
-Go to Hawaii (Waikiki: April 2013)
-First Job out of College (Keller Williams: April, 2013)
-Move out of Mom and Dads (Portland: August, 2013)
-Run a half Marathon (Sauvie Island Half: July 2013, Bald Peak: November 2013)
- Be Living in Community
- Get my knee fixed so I can run a half marathon
- Fly to at least 1 place
- Work on my photography for my blog
- Memorize scripture weekly
- Settle into a job I love (Already know I will knock this one out of the park)
|My beautiful friends I will work with at Well & Good. Blessed by them already|
Praying you all have a safe, fun and memorable New Years Eve! Hope to see some of you tonight, but if not, HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends!
Love and Welcoming my 25th Year