It’s a new year so obviously we need a blog to talk about it.
In 2019 the Lord really did a lot of things. Some things He finished that He had started the year before. Somethings He revealed, started, and accomplished. And some things He started that haven’t been completed yet.
We had a year full of blessings and we had testings. We had laughter and tears. We had confidence in some situations and in others we had a lot of doubt we had to battle. One thing is certain, 2019 happened a lot differently than I had expected.
We went into the year as newlyweds. Six short months under our belt! We honeymooned in Jamaica and joked about moving there to go into ministry… At the sandals resort, obviously. Once we were back it was life as usual and besides the curveball of getting pregnant after our first try most of the year was full of average every day moments. By no means did we live in honeymooner mode all year. There were parental challenges along with marital challenges. There were choices in career changes. We had unexpected expenses arise. We did get to spend a lot of extra time with Elijah and pour into him during the summer months knowing it would be his last year to be an only child. I am so thankful for all of the ordinary moments.
I am thankful we have a house the perfect size for our current family. I am thankful we were able to take Elijah on a real family vacation as an only child. I am thankful my husband has chosen a career path that I know he will do amazing with and be proud of. I love that I was able to meet so many new clients and continue to build relationships with all of my regular ones. I got to learn so much and grow so much in the Lord this year that I can hardly remember it all without looking in my journals. I feel very good about the blogging I got to accomplish and all of the experiences we had as a family. My pregnancy was difficult at times with a lot of pain and extreme exhaustion but even that I can be thankful for because going into the year we had no clue if we would even be able to conceive. Our labor process was a total surprise and went so smoothly you wouldn’t have ever known that my pregnancy had been so strenuous.
You all may know most of this already because I am a pretty open book when it comes to our families life. I think it’s important for people to see your downs just as much if not more than your ups. Life is full of both and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.
So, bring on 2020! I told the Lord that this year is the year of surrender for me. Surrendering all of my ideas, plans, goals, finances, relationships, health… all of it. It is all His to begin with.
I pray this year I remember that verse and that I live with loose generous hands and a spirit open to correction and growth knowing that all that I have whether it be material or not was given by Him and it is all His. May I remember that all that we feel we lose this year was first given by Him and it is also all His.