I used to think a year was a long time. Now, not-so-much.
Maybe having children has changed my point of view, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe I’m finally getting wiser. Yes, there are years that feel longer than others (I’ve experienced a few of those in a row recently) but the reality is time goes by fast.
And yet, I’m continually blown away by how much can happen in just one year’s time.
Take a moment, hit pause, and think back on your life a year ago.
How has your life changed in a year? What were you doing a year ago, in June of 2014?
A year ago, my baby was crawling, beginning to eat solid foods and not sleeping through the night on a so-you-can-count-on-it basis. Today, my Noah is running, trying out new words and is hardly ever up during the night. I am a DIFFERENT person when I get sleep.
A year ago, we were packing up boxes in our rental house and finishing building our new house. Moving, yet again. It was our second move in the whole process of selling & building. This week I hung curtains in my kitchen and I’m in the middle of rearranging my girls’ room. Feeling settled is something I CRAVED over the past few years.
A year ago, my oldest son was starting year #3 of being on a super-strict doctor-prescribed diet, (the ketogentic diet), controlling his seizure-activity. This week I was able to skip my weekly “cooking day”, guilt-free. Drew is incorporating back new foods into his diet, weekly. He ate store-bought yogurt the other day, for the first time in 3 years. Because today, Drew no longer has epilepsy. It’s an absolute MIRACLE.
A year ago, I took for granted that my husband seemed to be the strongest healthiest one of the bunch. He’s the-rock in our family. Infusing stability on all levels and laughter into our family life. This week Andrew tried out acupuncture (I may be a natural-health enthusiast but I’m not a fan of needles, no thank you!). Because now he is in the middle of his own health-crisis. He’s only just begun this journey.
I’d love to hear how your life looks different from a year ago, the good and the not-so-good changes. We never know what a year may bring. It’s crazy to think about, really. God, is the God of time and He has it all figured out. How the year begins and how it ends. And He graciously leads us one day at a time.
So here we are. At the halfway point of 2015. Month #6 out of 12. Isn’t the time going by quickly? Do you even remember those New Year’s resolutions you made back in January?
For me, New Year’s resolutions seem to go by the wayside midway through the year or in reality sooner than that. But this year I changed things up a bit. I asked God to give me a word for the year. A prayer, so-to-speak, summed up in a single word.
Words are powerful.
I wanted this word to hold truth, perspective and hope. Somehow, helping me carry out my heart’s desire for the year. I wanted heart change rather than behavior modification. Maybe this would equate to longer-lasting and more life-impacting change, rather than the empty promise of another New Year’s resolution.
The word I felt God whispering in my ear over and over was the word, embrace. The word, embrace, can draw up different pictures in my mind.
Embracing my Savior, or rather His embrace enveloping me.
Embracing my husband, lovingly and passionately.
Embracing my children tightly, communicating the unconditional love I possess for them.
What would it look like if I…?
Embraced my story, the life God’s given me, my past, my present, my place, my lot. (Ps. 16:5)
Embraced my calling, passions, desires, giftedness, weakness and ultimately the person God created me to be.(Ps. 139: 13-14)
Embraced suffering and trials. (1 Peter 4:12, James 1:2-4)
Embraced people who are different from me. (Revelation 7:9)
Embraced inconveniences (2 Tim 4:2).
Before we dive any deeper. I’ll give you my definition of embrace.
embrace: the action of being fully present. to engage. physically, mentally and spiritually. to encircle. wrapping two arms around a current moment, situation, circumstance or person. antonym: to escape.
Since we are midway through the year. Now might be an appropriate time to ask, “How’s all that going for you?” “How has the word, embrace, translated into your life this year?”
Well, I’m glad you asked. And I can hardly wait! Because this is where my first blog series, Embrace, begins. So stay tuned….. And check back in next week or subscribe to my blog.
What is God calling you to embrace in your life today?