Here's to a New year

 

When I stop and think about it, I can't believe that it is alreadyb2016.... sometimes I feel like the 90's were just a few years ago. Anybody with me on that? Over the past few days I have been reflecting on the past year (while making half-hearted resolutions that "I promise I'll keep this year"... at least until March). Here is a little of what's been on my mind:

2015 was a pretty good one! I went to Paris with my best friend (blog posts: here, here, and here) and had the time of my life! There were lots of opportunities for me to take on new challenges in my photography and meet some really wonderful people along the way. God was so faithful in providing me with a new church and a new community of friends. One of my blog posts (here) was published in a Bible study on Ruth (check it out here). There were new carrer opportuniues for me too! I revamped the blog a little and opened an art + Print shop (here). I had the opportunity to work on some fun projects with Womanista.com (here and here) and I made the move to start my own interior design business (more to come on that soon!). The past year has been full of friends, family, laughter, excitement and new adventures!

As fun and exciting as all of the above has been, I think the thing I am most thankful for as I move out of 2015 and into a new year would be the new faith I have gained. I transitioned into a year of rebuilding and the Lord was faithful through it all. I learned a lot about contentment in all circumstances. I learned what it meant to have "open hands" and maintain trust in the Lord, while keeping a loose grip on life (blog post here). My faith has been hard fought over the past couple years... I almost lost it all together there for a while, but the Lord did not let me go. Instead he was patient with me and breathed new life into this soul of mine. He put people in my life to speak wisdom and truth into the dark places and he changed my "sunday school" faith into something much more mature than it was before (scars and all). I'll be honest, my life is not where I thought it would be by 2015... there are still many things I am waiting on and figuring out. "But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently" Romans 8:25.

I am thankful for the life that I have and the faith I have been given. The past year was one that I wouldn't trade if I could and I am excited to see where the Lord takes me in 2016. He is continuing to write me a new story and bring unexpected adventures and blessings into it. Life with the Lord, no matter how hard or easy, ugly or beautiful, is the only life there is.

Here's to you 2016... you've got a lot to live up to. 

"Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.... By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more that we would dare to ask or hope." Ephesians 3:19-20