Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward

Looking back on 2011, I am reminded of times of joy and those of sorrow.

I wept at the loss of loved ones and rejoiced with new additions to the family. I celebrated time away with my husband and reveled in a wonderful trip with our children.

Gratitude flowed when the Lord intervened and spared our boys from injury in a car accident. While fear and uncertainty assailed me several times prior to medical procedures needed by our children, God’s mercy and presence brought me through.

Apprehension preceded the Lord’s calling to follow His leading, to speak out. A sense of purpose and fulfillment followed.

Frustration, confusion, and exhaustion walked with me this past year. But so did love, strength, and hope.

That’s what it’s like when we walk in faith. It isn’t without hardship or tears. We will still fail and fall short. But each day, each moment, we can start over. We can begin again. We have hope.

No matter how faltering our steps, the Lord promises to go with us, to give us a second chance (and third and fourth …), to love us, carry us, forgive us, guide us. We trust … Jesus never fails!

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed” (Lamentations 3:22).

More moments of thanks from 2011 (check out all my One Thousand [or more] Gifts posts here):

207. Florida/Bahamas belated anniversary trip

208. The opportunity to start anew—in this New Year and daily in Christ

209. Washington D.C. family tripOuter Bank

210. Amazing opportunities for the boys

211. Supportive family and friends willing to help out

212. Fall barn party with family and friendsfall barn party

213. Opportunities to help others

214. Enjoying the boys’ band and choir events, speech, and sport activitiesJoey football

215. Birthday milestones—three teenagers and a fourth in double digits!

216. HeeHaw performance by Daniel and Zachary—so fun!

217. Gatherings with extended family

218. Celebrating our country’s independence

219. Jellies, jams, butters, and syrups

220. Working in Pooh Garden—especially putting up the cross

221. Participating in the activities of our church women’s group

222. Celebrating Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary

223. Special Olympics

224. Tender boys’ hearts

225. Those that encouraged me and continue to encourage me to move ahead with this crazy thing called a blog

226. A year of growth behind me, and a year of adventure ahead




2011 has been a year of growth for me. 2012 will be an opportunity to step out in boldness, confident in the faithfulness of the One I serve.

As you reflect on the events of 2011, glean confidence that you can trust the One you serve as well—Jesus, the One who never fails.

(Stop back tomorrow to be part of an exciting opportunity for me.)

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

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