Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Year

There's nothing like a fresh start. A new year after a rough one. 2013 for us was a great year. But I know for many it wasn't. I know many are ready for the fresh start that 2014 brings.

I have been there.

I needed this year that I had. I feel like I have come full circle after a couple of weird years that included big changes and emotional roller coasters, from my sister's cancer to my brother's accident, (he is a miracle), to our move back to WI from MN, starting at a new church and all that entailed, followed by ministry hurts and frustrations which led to a big life change and new normal for our family, which put me in a funk and battle with depression & anxiety as I struggled to find purpose outside of being a "pastor's wife".  It was almost like for a few years I was swimming in the middle of the ocean, treading water, while little by little, more and more weight got put on my shoulders and I tried all I could just to stay afloat.

So many things in my life needed to be reevaluated. Everything came to a screeching halt.

I wrote this post last year Embracing Simplicity. My theme for 2013

This past year I have found so much freedom in embracing simplicity. Freedom as a woman, mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, etc. I wish I could adequately put it all into words. I have come to love life again and find joy in the mundane and in the monotonous. My smile is not a mask hiding sadness in my heart. God truly helped me to embrace the simple.

God has helped me embrace just being me. Not the me that anyone puts in a box or that anyone else thinks I should be. But ME. Truly, completely me. Wherever God has me, whatever I am doing in whatever season I am in, I am learning to do what works for me/us and that's it. I live for the approval of God alone. I don't have to live my life based on other's opinions, convictions, or what works for them.

My personal theme for 2014 is still tbd. But I am hoping for another year like 2013.

I pray that no matter the circumstances we can all embrace where we are on the way to where we are going and learn to just be. Those of you who have had a rough 2013, I pray this year brings you so much joy, happiness, strength, peace, love, & comfort. Hold tight to the promise that This Too Shall Pass!

-Laura :)





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