Well another year has came and went and as always, I sit here this morning drinking a nice cup of pumpkin spice coffee taking time to reflect upon the many events that has occurred over the past 365 days, so many changes, challenges and blessings: becoming exclusively single for the first time in 21 years and trusting only God with my heart (and I can tell you it has been the best experience of my life!), my son breaking his leg in half, my daughter giving birth to her first child and my first grandchild (and witnessing the miracle of birth from a whole new angle!), making new friends, reconnecting with old friends, venturing into new things, seeing my children grow and walk in God’s callings in their life, watching my faithful God and Father answer so many prayers and truly experiencing a peace that passes all understanding I can honestly that although 2013 saw its share of struggles, it has been one of my best ones by far. For what it’s worth, here are a few of my reflections totally in random order…..
I’ve learned that there are people you meet in life who will connect with your soul and when that happens you are forever affected by it whether the friendship lasts a minute or a lifetime.
A soul-mate may not be just one person or your companion – I have several soul-mates (men and women) and my life wouldn’t be the same without.
When you are knitted together with someone by God – time nor distance, situation nor circumstance can hinder your connection.
I absolutely love to hike! I love gallivanting around in the beautiful creation my God made and
He always shows himself in a spectacular way to me when I take the time to see.
Waterfalls are the cheapest and greatest form of therapy! Not to mention they are breathtaking to behold!
I love rocks – all shapes and sizes!
I love sushi!! Yum!
A good glass of wine and a bubble bath are necessary from time to time.
Love is a choice, not a sappy feeling – that is usually lust or gas!
There is a love that runs deeper than romance and emotions and when the “feeling” is gone, that kind of love will remain strong. It is an unselfish love that always wants the best for the other party involved.
Love is a powerful force but if someone doesn’t love their self, you will never be able to love them enough.
I can make it through life without a lot of things, but good, faithful friends are a necessity!
Girlfriends are one of God’s greatest gifts! I have been blessed with the absolute best ones ever!
It is possible to be single and very happy.
There is a big difference in being alone and being lonely.
Sometimes solitude is the best serenity (and that’s coming out of the mouth of a chick who hated being by herself!)
No matter how bad you want something, if it’s not God’s will, it wont happen.
It is truly amazing the love you can feel for your grand child!
I hate – despise – loathe with all of my being – Biology!
You can never spend too much time holding your grandbaby (and you can never take too many pictures!)
Baby toes trump chocolate!
Your children never stop needing you – the needs just change as they grow older. Be flexible and give them space to be themselves. They will love you for it.
When you love yourself – life takes on a whole new flavor.
It’s empowering to accept your own worth and value – especially when there is no one else to affirm you.
Confidence in your self is attractive.
Your children know you better than you think they do. Take their advice sometimes.
Laugh with your children – they need to see you act silly and be happy.
Some of the greatest moments in life are shared in the car with your kids and the radio.
No matter how hard you try not to, sometimes you will hurt other people’s hearts.
Pain is necessary for growth.
Kidney stones still suck and hurt like hades! (and contributes nothing to above referenced growth lol!)
Everyone is fighting some kind of battle – be kind and smile – it may make all the difference in the world!
God is always on my side – even when I’m a cat’s hair away from going to jail – whew that was memorable but scary..;)
Answers to prayers don’t always come ‘quickly’ but when they do come, they are ‘suddenly’ – chew on that one for a few 😉
Never ever think that God doesn’t hear our prayers. He is always listening, always working on our behalf.
Proverbs 13:12 says : Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” I have learned from personal experience that scripture Is absolutely true!!
God’s timing is perfect! We may not always understand His plans at the moment, but when revelation comes it is extraordinary!
Don’t try to rush God, He is not moved by our emotional fits.
We can absolutely and completely trust God with ALL areas of our life. He will never fail us or let us down.
We can have epic fails and God still loves us!
God will speak to through whatever means He needs to get your attention – He will even use Elvis Presley! I love you always Elvis!!
Most of all I learned that the things I thought I wanted and needed most in my life, I don’t need at all. All I need is God and when I walk in complete trust and dependency upon Him, HE fulfills my every need and life is a joy to live. He will bring the people, places, things and events my way that He desires for me and I don’t have to worry about a thing!
I’m sure there are many more but the shower is calling. Wishing everyone a very blessed and prosperous 2014!