Look Up to 2014

12.31.2013

December 31 is a funny day.  We want to look back while also looking ahead, and that's not an easy thing to do.  I was a little unsure of how 2013 would go. 2012 was definitely not my favorite year, and I was not sad to see it go.  Because of the trials and lessons last year brought, it is safe to say I was more than a little apprehensive on what this year would bring.

2013 brought forth it's own set of lessons and trials.  I know the moments I was walking through those lessons and trials, I would've traded anything to give them to someone else, but I look back on them with a thankful heart. We're only what we've lived through.

How is truly possible to use one day to look back on the previous 364...? I'm not sure, but I'll give it a try.

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In 2013....

+ we celebrated our sweet nephew's first year of life


+ we celebrated our five year wedding anniversary...


+ we went to some baseball games


+ I got a tattoo


+ I forgot I was a "grown-up" and embraced feeling 22


+ we spent time with amazing friends


+ I met a Carolina basketball player (no, I'm not exaggerating when I say this was something I'll remember about this year)


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Words and pictures can only do so much when trying to look back on the past 364 days.  Life, more often than not, cannot be explained or recapped. Life can only be lived, and I believe I did that this year. There were times of frustration and heartache, but there were also times ridiculous happiness and joy.

I have high expectations for 2014, but expect nothing. I will not settle, but I also will not pretend to know what God has in store for me or us. I will rest in His word and His promises.

:::Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today...
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still:::
Exodus 14:13-14

In 2014, I want to look up; not forward or back, but to Him for each and every step. I know there will be moments where I will feel as though I don't have the strength to lift my eyes, but in those moments, I need to remember His promises to fight for me. To be still. To wait.

I want for 2014 to be the year I stand firm in all that I do and say.  I'm tired of breaking promises to myself. I want to be brave, and I don't mean in the sense of wielding a sword, but in the sense of living my life in the way God calls me to live. 2014 needs to be the year I look back on and clearly see my feet planted in Him. For our marriage and life to be a sponge for His word.

I want 2014 to be the year I give my life up to Him. I accepted the Lord years ago, but I want to be done being selfish and doing things halfway. I vow to make 2014 to be the year I live up; a year that settling is an option for me or those I love. 

2014 could very well end up being the hardest year of my life, but I know for a fact that nothing can separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:38), and it is in that fact alone I will rest. 

I'm ready for the next 365 days. 

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K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy said...

Glad to hear that this year was better than last year for you all. I pray that 2014 brings you closer to God and living fearlessly in your faith!

Courtney B said...

2013 was such a great year! I have faith that 2014 will be ever better! You have some amazing goals :)

Manda said...

Good post! :)
New Year's always bring such a weird feeling in the pit of your stomach, don't they?
I've never been good with change. So I always try and kind of...jump over the 31st, haha.

Manda from Eat Cake

 
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