...I lost my grandmother.
...I quit one of my part-time jobs.
...I resigned from leadership of my Bible study.
...I celebrated 10 years of marriage to a wonderful man.
...I saw my oldest end Kindergarten and begin first grade.
...I saw my youngest's last Christmas pageant at preschool.
...I broke free of bondage.
...I recognized old chains to which I still remain tied.
...I started on a quest to read the Bible in one year.
...I started this blog to release my grief and ended up releasing (and finding) so much more.
...I rekindled love for charcoal and paper.
...I began my first vegetable garden in the backyard.
...I sponsored a child through World Vision.
...I ran a marathon.
...I got a promotion.
...I got published on-line.
...I started Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood.
...I made new friends in this blogging community that have warmed my heart, shouldered my burdens, and loved me.
...I went to Women of Joy and my life was radically changed.
...I was loved in return.
This is my blessing for you in the new year --
In everything may you find beauty, a ray of hope, or God's Hand at work. Even in things you do not understand, that seem utterly hopeless and ugly, may you trust that He is good, He is faithful, He is with you. May you breath in His sweet love. May it radiate from your very being and reach those who do not know of its intensity, its loveliness, its fullness. May you take on His challenges, may you hear His voice clearly, may you not be afraid to follow where He leads you. May chains that have held you captive be broken. May dreams that have seemed impossible come to fruition. May the voids that lay barren in your heart be filled with in ways that you could never have imagined. May you seek to serve, to love, to give. In return, may you allow yourself to be served, to be loved, to receive.
Blessings abundant now, through 2011, through the end of time.