Reflecting on 2014

2014 has been a year of growing for me as a person, as a mom, as a friend….
I’ve learned to trust God more –
Understand I can’t always “fix things”-
Rest in his promise!
I’ve learned how to let go of things I had hoped for, and still find joy in the midst of disappointment.
I’ve learned to turn off my phone in the evenings and in doing so found out that the
off switch was connected to my stress switch😊 ( who knew?😛)
I’ve learned that God doesn’t always need my help…. that he sees the BIG picture …..and I don’t!
I’ve practiced relaxing more,
Worked on seeing past shortcomings of others, and instead, seeing that everyone has strengths!
I’ve made peace with the fact that I cannot be perfect ….but I CAN have perfect peace. I’ve been reminded that “busy” is often a thief in disguise….stealing valuable time!
I’m blessed beyond measure!
I’m loved unconditionally by my wonderful husband!❤️
My children and their families are a treasure to me!

I’m far from perfect, and I’ve faced trials like anyone else. I’ve felt the sting of letting go, but also the faith that comes with that.
I’ve had some growing pains this year, but I know they have only made me stronger.
I’ve always been a “happy” person but this year I’ve learned to be a more “sensitive” person and even in my happiness not lose the fact that many around me are sad and hurt in this life.
This year I plan to:
Pray more
Listen more
Talk less
Give the gift of the benefit of a doubt
Find good in everything and in everyone…..
And just be a better “me”

The greatest of all is LOVE

1 Corinthians 13
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.