2012

I started this blog just a little over a year ago as an extension of my crafting/sewing blog. I felt the need to separate my journaling from all my sewing and the business I was hoping to grow. It is January 2012 and I thought it would be fun to see what some of the top posts were from this past year and also write a little about where I hope a constant pursuit goes in the coming year.

The top post was one entitled versus. This post really sums up this past year for me. My children both started nearly full-time in school leaving me at home with lots of “free” time for the first time in my life. Freedom seemed to be a recurring word this year and I’ve learned a lot about how hard freedom really is.

In November I wrote about being a “yes” woman. This really sums up where I hope the Lord leads my heart this year. I feel Him continuing to soften me and fill me more and more with His grace in my response to others, but I’ve got so much further to go.

Last February I wrote about how God takes the most mundane and tasteless things and can turn them into something beautiful. That is grace.

If you’ve followed along with me at all in the past year, you know my greatest struggle has been our finances. Although the Lord has continued to provide in abundance for us, I’ve continued to doubt Him and His will for us. My struggle with this ebbs and flows and as schools begin to think about hiring for the coming year, I start to think maybe I need to be working full time again – even if I know full well this is not the desire of my God or my husband. This post was a remind of how He does provide for us…daily.

This year is going to be a good year. I know it. I am walking into this year with so much more freedom in my heart than last year. I feel as if so many of the things that had put my heart in bondage have been shaken.

For study this year, I am going to be taking part in a Precepts study of Romans. This is a big deal and I’m thankful to be doing it with a great friend. At home, I am going to start reading John Piper’s, The Pleasures of God. I read the introduction this morning and I am excited about it. I have a tendency to read too quickly, so I am forcing myself to read and process this one slowly. I plan to continue with counting One Thousand Gifts and being part of the community with Ann Voskamp and also participating in Five Minute Friday with the gypsy mama, but that is all the schedule postings that I’m going to hold myself to at this point.

I am beyond appreciate and blessed by the comments and readers that have graced this place. I struggle greatly with stats and comments…that struggle of wanting to be known. But the fact of the matter is, I am known. And He is the one I need to be writing for. That is my goal for 2012.

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