Hello 2012. Time to Celebrate!

 

Ah! What a year! I had NO idea what I was getting into when I picked my one word for the year.  I was hopeful in a very tentative way.  I remember wanting to kick up my heels and learn to enjoy life in whatever season I found myself.  I wanted to learn to celebrate God and celebrate where God had me as well as who God made me.  Plus, I wanted to learn to celebrate with others.  I didn’t want to be bitter or angry or jealous when God seemed to shower others with blessing instead of me….I wanted instead to learn to celebrate with them no matter what and to learn to see all that I could celebrate in my own life even when it didn’t seem like there was much to celebrate.  Now, I certainly didn’t always do this well and I haven’t always been the best at being content or happy regardless of the circumstances.  But all at once, God certainly gave me a TON to celebrate this year. Here’s a look my lists…

I will celebrate by embracing where God has placed me. // Totally am getting better at learning to love where God has me even if it’s not where I think I want to be.  If I had moved, I wouldn’t have received the provision and gifts that He had for me here. I am so thankful that I knew to obey by staying even when I didn’t want to stay.

            -I will make a home for myself. // I’ve lived in two different apartments and both have been awesome in their own unique ways.  I bought fun furniture and made things cozy.

            -I will find little things to celebrate each day. // This reminded me of my year of Joy and I did better at writing them down at the beginning but I still am learning to be ever grateful for all God has given me.

            -I will be faithful to the positions God’s placed me. // Graduate school, church, and jobs….God has blessed me abundantly and provided just the right positions at the right times.  I’m still in awe at how I can celebrate how He has orchestrated my jobs. 

I will celebrate by engaging and utilizing the opportunities before me. // Definitely tried! At times, I missed opportunities but I kept my eyes open and my heart open to be obedient. 

            -I will be drawn by God rather than driven by myself. // I’m so good at being driven and achievement oriented…this one needs some work, but I’m falling forward.  The sermon this last month included one on hearing and obeying…Plus Bishop John’s message from Rwanda stuck with me about being led by the Holy Spirit.  All things I have tucked into my heart.

            -I will continue to build my solid foundation. // So thankful for my people who hear my heart and build me up and encourage me and support me. Jesus Christ is the best foundation a girl could ask for and the people He’s placed in my life are sure a good support.

            -I will anticipate and experience God’s open doors and blessings. // Oh man, I so went from mopey and depressed and saying nothing would ever change to being open to risk.  Such a journey.  Such a hard risk.  So worth it. 

I will celebrate by enjoying life. //Life is far far too short.  I’ve seen loved ones go home to Jesus and I’m reminded again and again what a gift every day is.  

            -I will run a race with World Vision.//YAY! Chicago Marathon! Woot! Cold, fun, and I loved having people at the end of the race! Plus, God made it extra sweet by giving me a running buddy.

            -I will buy a dog. // BOAZ!!!! I love him. He tries my patience. He tests my ability to discipline and not give in. He challenges me. He loves me like none other. He is my favorite. If I didn’t love him so much, I’d send him away because goodness he can be naughty but thankfully he’s such a lover. 

            -I will go overseas. // After waiting and waiting and waiting, this was the year of traveling!  Here’s the list where I either went or at least visited the airport: Dubai, Sri Lanka, England, Rome, Greece, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Mexico.  Can we say wow!? I was just hoping for one trip and God blessed me abundantly! Plus, I got to go back to Africa!

Bonus things to celebrate: dating, getting engaged, getting MARRIED, a new job as a counselor, starbucks coming to town,tons of fun moments with church kiddos, vbs, kids camp, new babies, pregnant friends, iMessage, packages, visiting friends, making awesome greece friends, loving big, sledding and snow angels, making sweet wedding things, delicious wedding cake, mountains, oceans, zip lining, rappelling, snorkeling in a cave, exploring, a big wedding shower, being celebrated by others, and celebrating with others. My list could go on and on but here are a few highlights….there are SO many more that fill up the year.  I am ever so thankful to God and am expectant for what this next year will hold!

Now to go back to working on my 2013 word….

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