Oh my goodness it has been way too long since I last blogged but I couldn’t let this year pass without writing about my love for 2015…technically I still have about 49 more minutes till it’s 2016 here on the West Coast.
So as far as 2015 I have loved that God has been teaching me how to embrace and live in the NOW and be content with where I’m at.
For too long I have had a focus on wanting the future to come quickly so we can do THIS, THAT and THE OTHER. Because surely when THIS, THAT and THE OTHER finally manifest I will be supremely happy and at peace with everything in my life…right!?! Well, the answer to that is “No!”
Although I am a firm believer in setting goals, improving our lives and reaching higher my focus in previous years had kept from truly appreciating all that was in front of me and celebrating the day to day life experiences of being a mom (something I’ve always wanted to be), being a wife (again something I always longed for) and nurturing my friendships/family connections (and not taking them for granted) that have made such a different in the quality of my life.
So this year I finally started to take time to appreciate and live in the here and now of my life… here this little town I live in (and have complained about for so long). I started finally to take time to make small improvements in our home- something I hadn’t done in years past because I was always so focused on wanting to move. I also started to get more involved in our church by volunteering once a month to teach in the preschool class on Sundays. I know these things may seem small but when you truly start to invest yourself and start caring about things and people it really makes a difference in your outlook and perspective.
I also became connected to a women’s bible study this year that met at a home where I was able to meet and have grown up conversation with other moms and really enjoy it. Out of this God gave me a new friend that I wouldn’t otherwise have taken the time to know or spend time with.
In my family we had some tough news as my sis was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer…. talk about getting a change in perspective on what is really important in life. God used this in 2015 to show me the priority to spend more time with Him and to pray for not only my family’s needs but also for the needs of others. I’ve been writing down bible verses on paper and putting them up on my walls. I’ve been reading those verses out loud while I pray and it’s really given me a greater zeal to intercede on the behalf of others and stand and believe for breakthroughs, healing for those who are sick and see answers to long awaited prayer requests.
God stirred things in me in 2015! Stirred in me a greater love for reading the bible, praying, appreciating/connecting with others, embracing the here and now and revealing some new strategies for my business.
With regard to 2016 God has been speaking to my heart for several months now…I keep getting confirmation about it as I read scripture and from others I’ve shared my heart with.
This year here are the words that I believe will be significant: Strategy, Shifting, unexpected blessings, New Insight and Greater Provision released.
One specific word I received is that I am crossing over into a new season in which God is providing the things I need to succeed.
In the next few days as I get more time to focus and write down my thoughts/goals regarding 2016 I will share those with you and share my process of setting goals for the New Year and the tools I use to keep focused and on track.
In the comments below let me know the things you learned from 2015 and the new things that your excited for in 2016.