Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Year In Review

Mindy here. Well, it's that time once again. Time to reflect on the year that has passed (or in my case disappeared) and look forward to the next twelve months.

This has been a strange year for me. I'm not sure I really had the chance/took the time to savor many moments. I've been so busy going from one thing to the next, taking each day as it came and whipping through it as fast as I could, that now it's all a blur. Even our family vacation, a cruise that should have left an indelible imprint on my memory, seems lost in the shuffle.

In my writing life, I learned and grew. I also had to take a step back as God brought things into my life that forced me to relinquish much of the time I'd once devoted to writing. A learning process for sure. I realized how I'd taken that time for granted and probably even squandered some of it. Sigh. A hard lesson to swallow.

This year, I've been privileged to take part in some fabulous Bible studies--Beth Moore's Esther and When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, as well as Kay Arthur's Return to the Garden: Embracing God's Design for Sexuality. The latter two were tough, as they forced me examine my life and some things in my past that I had perhaps not dealt with or even thought of. I love how God orchestrated the timing of these three studies, each one seemingly dovetailing into the next, taking me on a journey that helped me to know myself more intimately than ever before. Kind of an odd statement when referring to myself, I know, but we tend to overlook a lot of things about ourselves, or just flat ignore them.

I think that after forty-some years I can finally say I like myself. That doesn't mean there aren't things I'd like to change or may need work, but I'm comfortable in my skin. I am well on the road to becoming the woman God created me to be. Everything in my past has played a part in who I am. And while I may not like a lot of it, I wouldn't be where I am now without those things. God is in the details, and detailed my life before the foundation of world was ever laid. Pretty amazing, huh? Guess what, He did that same thing for you.

So as I stand at the threshold of 2010, I have no idea what the year will hold. But I will take each step with the Lord at my side. I'll try hard not to rush ahead, nor to lag behind. I'll rest when He says rest and savor obstacles and oases along the way.

How has 2009 treated you? Are you ready for a new year? A new decade? Any changes you plan to make? Resolutions?

Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

  1. Like you I felt a lot of the year rushing by me. I think I took a little time to stop now and then. But it's something I have to force myself to do. And I'm an empty-nester!! No kiddos running around. So I should have no excuses.
    I don't make resolutions normally, and I'm not going to this year, either. But I am setting some ground rules. Pretty much to enjoy life more. I'm going to try and not overbook the schedule...try to devote more time to writing...a.k.a.early morning rising!! Finish reading the Bible chronologically....then start a new regiment for reading the Bible...Things like that.
    Thanks for the post. I'd love to do a Bible study by Kay Arthur. I've heard she's fabulous.