Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Look Back and A Blessing Forward

In 2010

...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 surrendered.
...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 helped.
...I received.
...I loved.
...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.



  1. awesome list. i'm glad to have gotten to know you in the last year!

  2. Love every bit of this and am looking forward to getting to know you better. Sometimes don't you just want to touch these people in your life? (smile) anyway, love the list, your hair is longer than your profile picture, (cute)your grandma looked precious, and you are quite an artist.

    Have a fantastic New Year Jen!


  3. looks like a good, real, hard, beautiful year of life to me :) thanks friend for being a blessing in my life! and i got your christmas card.. love it! it makes me feel like we're more than just blogging friends now!

  4. I love your pictures! You have such a beautiful family, and are beautiful yourself, inside and out! It has truly been a blessing getting to know you more and more! Love and Blessings to you for the New Year sweet bloggy sister!!!

  5. It is so good to remember and reflect. It is one of the reasons I love the month of January. Remembering and fresh starts.

    Happy New Year, Jen.


  6. Beauty and pain... mingled and mixed until it made your 2010 a year of growing and challenge.

    So glad we met in this wonderful world of blogging this year encourage me and bless me. <3

  7. Oh Jenn - my tears..I can't see to type. Your prayer touched me so. I know so much more about you from your list. I want you to do me a charcoal drawing!! Seriously!
    You ran a marathon! I've only done a 5k and I can't imagine!

  8. Thank you my friend for that beautiful blessing. It has spoken in the depths of my soul. Happy New Year my friend. Hoping that 2011 be a blessing for so many of us.

  9. What a great way to honor the year, and God's faithfulness throughout it. It's been great meeting you this year, Jen (although now that I know you've run a marathon, I'm completely intimidated and not sure we can be friends! Just kidding.) Blessings to you in the New Year. Soli Deo Gloria!

  10. What a delight to get to know you these past months. You have been such a blessing and I always enjoy stopping by. You have such depth and I am inspired by your writing and your artwork is awesome!

    Hugs to you as the New Year dawns!

  11. Made your grandma's monkey bread today. . .yum!

    Excited we met this past year. Keep at it girl, you inspire many.

  12. Thanks for sharing has been good to find you in 2010...thanks for the blessing. Interesting that I posted my last piece of art for 2010 ~ the theme: God's hand. I love when He layers a message He is giving to me through others...
    love & grace,

  13. Thank you for that blessing.
    May you continue to witness with your whole heart.
    Happy 2011!

  14. Loved reading your list - I think I might need to reflect on this as well. What a wonderful idea!

    Loved your list - you please Him so, dear one.

    You have been a blessing to me this year...Happy 2011!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  15. A beautiful blessing and a great post. Happy New Year Jen. May the Lord Bless you in all manner of ways!

  16. I LOVE your did a GREAT job on it! :)

    I nominated you for the stylish blogger award :)

  17. I am sorry for the loss of your grandmother.
    It sounds like overall your 2010 was very successful. Wishing you all the best in 2011.

  18. Sounds like you had one heck of a year! Found you from SITS!


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