2018—The Year Of Laying Down My Plans

Hi friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve sat down to write, but I wanted to take some time to share how 2018 went overall for me. Also, I wanted to share my truth statements for 2019, resources I’m loving, and some of my fav memories captured in photos.  I do warn you now that this is a lengthy one, but I hope it all encourages you. 🙂

2018 has been so very busy, so full of good things and new things.

Yet, the one word I would use to describe the past year is FRUSTRATION.

For the most part, the blessings were clouded by my own limited mindset. Peace was replaced many times by my need to make things happen, self-created pressure to do more, and frustration that things weren’t happening the way I thought they would. All of that means way too much self focus and not enough God focus. The things that equate to my way instead of His.

Don’t get me wrong, during it all  I grew spiritually, conquered lifelong fears, discovered a hidden skill and began to cultivate it, and loved my family and the Lord so well. Even as I type that sentence I feel encouraged because even in our “failing”, He is so faithful.

Last year was similar to walking on a tight rope. As we are trusting in Him on this faith journey of life we get across by simply placing one foot in front of the other. Each step we take with His grace, keeps us steady, we stay standing, we move forward. Yet most of us, if we are honest, continue to take life in our own hands, trying to figure out, strategize, hustle our way through. When we have a goal of going faster, we often lose our balance, our peace, our foundation and ultimately we fall. Only to get back up and try again. That was my 2018—trusting, failing, falling, back to trusting again. Repeat. Thus, frustration is the word.

Oddly enough, I have never been more sure of God’s hand on my life than I was last year. I have dreamed more last year than ever before—such profound dreams. Then waking, writing, and reflecting on each dream. I knew God was speaking and I wanted to make sure I was valuing and responding to His message. I love that the Lord will find a way to talk to us and if we listen, He keeps talking.

The amazing thing about the Father is that He doesn’t waste a thing. He uses everything, and I believe

He often frustrates our plans until we finally take on His.

I end 2018 laying down my plans, my idea of how things are supposed to be happening, and I start 2019 full of peace, trusting His ways.

I believe it’s so important to take time and reflect on your year, to get alone and quiet and let the Lord talk.

What is the word that describes your 2018? What are the truths He has dropped in your spirit to hold on to in 2019? What worked and what didn’t? What are the areas He wants you to focus on in the next year? What changes need to be made?

Each year I look over dreams I’ve had, words I’ve heard from the Lord, and I really reflect on how the last year went. Then I create a sheet of truths and reminders that I’ll stand on for the next season. I like to print them and put them in my planner or journal where I’ll see them often. I’ve found that when you’re in a negative funk, lacking inspiration or joy—it’s important to keep God’s truth in front of you. Speaking truth resets our minds and keeps us standing. These are my personal truths, but if they resonate with you, please feel free to print them.1

I also love to begin with a few scriptures as motivation for the new year-

So now we must cling tightly to the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises! Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. Hebrews 10:23 (TPT)

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (MSG)

Here are some resources I am loving these days. Links are below the image.

  1. Gracelaced Devotional. 2. Wild + Free bundle 3. One Line a Day 4. Cultivate devotionals 5. Simple Abundance 6. Walk in Grace-Ephesians study

And last, some of my favorite memories within 2018– including massive home remodel, church expansion, watercolor painting, trips to Israel, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Oklahoma, Dallas, West Virginia, lots of beach time, camper life, and Coffee Waves love.

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