Tuesday, February 17, 2015

reflections on 2014

Sloane, my biggest blessing

If you've been my blog friend for a while you know that I sometimes share unedited entries from my paper journal.  I call these entries SOOJ, as in, straight out of the journal.  This is one such entry.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014@ home on the couch with Sloane
When I look back over 2014, I can't remember a single really bad day.  There wasn't a single day when I didn't go to bed grateful and satisfied.  There wasn't a morning that I didn't wake up joyful and grateful.  That's what living in Christ does.  Because, when I think back over the year, there was nothing exceptionally good about it.  We had a hard, long winter that made the school year extend so long that we had a terribly short summer.  That makes for a rough new school year.  Plus, we not only didn't get to travel, but we had to spend all our saved vacation money on Jeffrey's knee surgery.  And we still owe $3,000.  UGH!  I could go on and on with a list of trials from 2014, but that's not my point.  My point is that in the midst of all these trials and struggles, when my heart was breaking at the disappointment about our new home, as our finances took hit after hit, each day was a good day.  Each day I went to sleep grateful and woke up satisfied. That is God at work in our lives.  He takes our fragile, silly, messed up world and makes beautiful things out of the broken pieces.   
That's His grace.  
That's my King.   


GraceGal said...

Relyn this is absolutely beautiful and encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

littlesunshineegirl said...

Yes, God is the only person who can mend broken pieces. Without Him, I'm sure I can't survive long. May God bless you and I hope you have a great 2015 too :)

Debby said...

What a blessing you are. You have such a way of words. It's so true that even on our roughest day just being here is something to be thankful for. God is good.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful posting my lovely friend.
We all have our trials and tribulations in life don't we.
I admire your beautiful positive spirit and your faith.
Love Jeanne

A Cuban In London said...

I loved your post. I have a technique which I have used for almost 20 years now. Every day I wake up and think of a different reason to feel satisfied. Satisfied with what I have, rather than with what I would like to have but have no chance of having.

Greetings from London.

Jeanie said...

Beautiful, Relyn. It's clear your head is right where it should be -- filled with gratitude for all the good in your world.

May 2015 not disappoint.

Marilyn said...

Yes, plans may change but the healing takes place. Lovely words.

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