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Thankfulness & God's Faithfulness

I'm so very thankful for this year.  God has always been so faithful to me.  He's protected me, loved me, and given my joy in hard times.  I remember this time last year, I did not want to celebrate any Holidays.  I did not want to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I had a heart that wasn't ready to move on or let go.  I had a stubborn heart, one that wasn't willing to listen or heal.  I had a broken heart, one that was not allowing me to be thankful for yet another year.  Even then God provided ways for me to heal and the space I needed, in providing opportunities to stay home for Thanksgiving and to be traveling all through Christmas and New Years.  God was so good to me.  Today I look back and think of just how far God has taken me.  I'm thankful He protected me from a very bad situation and gave me healing in that.  I'm thankful He took me far away from two really hard circumstances and allowed me to start over.  I look back over this last year and the h

We are Healed

Well 2017 is gone, forever.  In one sense I'm sad life is flying by and I keep finding myself upset or disappointed in that fact.  Questions like am I in a good spot, do I have what I want, what will the future be like if I keep doing what I'm doing.  But this is so just me, me, and me.  I'm looking for things around me to give me happiness.  I turned 20 this year...and at first I wasn't happy about that.  I feel like a kid still.  I feel like I'm not good enough or I'm not where I should be, because I'm not really where I thought I would be or where most peope my age are currently at.  But I'm looking at the world to be my example, I'm comparing myself to others.  My identity is not in Christ, when I do this to myself and put this pressure on myself and others.  

After a week of no work or school and just finding myself being lazy, I came out of the Holiday's a little upset and overwhelmed.  But Monday I found a verse that gave me more hope then anything this world could offer; 

"With His wounds we are Healed." Isaiah 53:5

Living with that gives me the desire to live each day for Him, but also to be thankful that I am healed, I don't have to fit in...because I don't and I never will.  I don't have to worry about what people think of me, or where I am going to be this next year, but I can find hope that I am healed.  That with His strength I can get through this year, no matter what happens.

All pictures are from the month of December.  From decorating for Christmas to family traditions.  Evelyn and Owen had their first Uke recital, which was too fun and way cool.  We had a dear friend staying with us for most of the month, which for all of us was super exciting, but also trying at some times.  But the memories will last a lifetime.  From making a list of movies to watch (and having yet to watch them) to baking cookies and sharing our hearts with each other.  I was very thankful for the time spent with her staying with us.

We got to spend time with dear friends who had recently moved away, but came back to visit for a couple of weeks.  Kept up the tradition of caroling, but this time with younger kids and they kept things exciting for us all.
We spent time with just family; hiking, eating, SUP boarding, messing around with my silly sister and keeping up with family tradition by going to Coronado Island.


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