I’ve been in a sweet season of renewal and reflection over the past few weeks. It’s half way through the month of January, and yet I’m still reflecting on the past year. 2014 was a year of growth, faith, trust and stepping out into my calling.
I’m currently working through my goals for 2015 using my amazing friend Lara’s Powersheets and Goal Planning Posts–if you need some encouragement for the new year (or the new month) go linger for a few moments on her site. You won’t regret it!
One of the exercises is writing a list of what worked and what didn’t work over the past year and then reflecting on the lessons you learned. As I worked through the exercise, I was equally humbled and amazed. 2014 was a HARD year but His grace refined me.
I want to be honest share what God taught me in 2014.
Lessons I learned from what DIDN’T Work
-Comparison is not just the thief of joy–it is the thief of everything good. When I compare my journey against another it shifts my eyes from what God has blessed me with. I need to kick comparison in 2015. STOP. PRAY. GIVE THANKS.
-Nothing on this earth can provide true contentment and satisfaction like a relationship with the Lord. No frivolous spending, hallmark movie, new book, latest fashion or relationship can fill my heart with joy like his presence. In his presence there is FULLNESS of JOY!
-My actions and words begin with my thoughts. If I allow myself to dwell on untruth I become a bitter and discontent woman. However, when I rely on God’s Grace to think on what is true, pure, and lovely my actions and words reflect His Glory and love to the world around me.
Lessons I learned from what DID Work
-I can be a women of discipline. God’s grace allows me to accomplish what I could NEVER do alone. I was stretched physically and emotionally over the last year and am now seeing the fruit of this growth!
-We are created for community. God created me uniquely to help build and deepen relationships. I cannot invest deeply in everyone but I can follow Jesus’ example and use my influence to point other’s to my Father.
-Graceful leadership is service!! Doing the hard things that nobody wants to do, serving joyfully and being consistent in the small things refines us and grows us to become more like Christ. Like it says in Romans, perseverance shapes character, character turns into hope.
-There are days when you want to call it quit and become a barista or move to a different country. But rest in His grace and press on. Those hard days are the classroom where God graciously shapes you into the women he created you to be.
Cheers to an intentional 2015!