Hello friends! It’s been awhile…
Hope all is well with you in this wonderful NEW YEAR :)
As I was thinking about this “clean slate” of a new year ahead of me, and reminiscing about life this last year… I decided to share with you some things I learned in 2012…
(And share a few 2012 photos too)
One thing I learned was be careful what you ask for. One little desire of my heart was to have some of my photos published in a magazine. Well, I shared that desire with God…and suddenly emails began coming last January asking me to submit photos of our home for various magazines. I was honored, humbled and totally amazed to see my pictures on the pages of some of my favorite magazines…by October, I had photos published in 10 different magazines!
Of course I give God all the glory for giving me the strength to stage and re-stage, to learn about photo editing, and allowing me to share my passion for decorating with others.
Another thing I learned was not to “lean on my own understanding”, but instead to “acknowledge HIM in all my ways, and HE will direct my path”…
Last August we almost moved, like far away to another state, almost moved. Like, our boxes were already packed and moving trucks were scheduled, almost moved…suddenly everything fell through and came to a jolting, heart-wrenching halt.
Now, without boring you with the whole detailed story, let’s just say that I was so very excited about moving. My heart was so ready to be there in a new place. However, apparently that wasn’t God’s plan. At least not right now. I am learning to be content with right where we are, and listening for His voice to guide me. Although I don’t understand, I know He is directing my family’s path.
In 2012 I turned 40…and with that came some unwelcomed changes. Like my body doesn’t exactly have the same metabolism that it used to. And added weight is much harder to get rid of now. So, I learned to be very conscientious of what foods I’m putting in to fuel my body. Also, the little wrinkles around my lips and eyes are more obvious now. I’m learning to thank God for each new day and what it holds. Another chance to love on my family, who loves me wrinkles and all.
During my kitchen makeover, I learned that I never want to do another kitchen makeover again. But oh how I LOVE my farm sink :)
But most of all, I’m learning to TRUST. To give God every single situation and trust HIM to help me through. Some lessons are on-going I suppose. When I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 2009, I really struggled with being angry with God. However, now I feel like the anger has lifted. I can feel my heart healing. I read somewhere one time that everything we go through is to help us get closer to God. This being the case, I’m learning to let go and Trust God to take over, so that I don’t have to worry and try to figure everything out on my own. Are any of you with me? Do you have trouble trusting?
Lastly, I hope you know that you all mean the world to me…I’m honored that you visit my blog and say sweet things that make my days happier. I appreciate the encouragement you’ve given me. I love the inspiration oozing out of your blogs. And my life is blessed because you share a piece of your heart with me. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you here on my blog the last two years.
I’ll be back soon to share with you some books I’m reading this month…
Have a wonderful week!