As I prepare for 2016, I have been reflecting on 2015. Reading my New Year post for 2015, I can’t help but laugh. My mantra was “Wait upon the LORD.” And though we did wait for the LORD’s leading, I definitely didn’t feel like I did a lot of waiting, in terms of MY time table. This year was FULL of change. Once again, life taught me that my ideas about what the future should or will hold are really arbitrary. Sometimes waiting upon the LORD means lots of time and patience, and sometimes it means that your life will course forward faster than you can fathom. I struggled with patience in years prior, and this year, I found myself struggling to find my bearings as the LORD brought so many blessed changes.

Let me tell you what I thought was coming in 2015. We planned to stay in our tiny 500-600 square foot, one bedroom apartment, where Dustin and I literally slept in a storage closet. We planned that I would work at least another year at Ford, and then we’d reevaluate our financial position for 2016. And we didn’t really see anymore children in the near future.

However.

By the end of January, we were given the opportunity to move into a bigger home with a huge yard, and we were moved by the beginning of February. By the end of May, we were in the financial position for me to once again be a stay-at-home-momma. And come the middle of August, I was experiencing full-blown morning sickness…our precious second baby was making its presence known in my body. Glory be!

This was one of the happiest years of my life. Our marriage is stronger than ever, and we are full of dreams for the years to come. How good it is to look upon the future with joy and happiness. Thank You, LORD, for this time of refreshing. We will continue to wait upon Your leading.

As we serve the LORD with more fervor, I’m making some practical goals…

  • Practice consistent spiritual disciplines
  • Have less meaningless screen time (i.e. social media, television, etc.)
  • Read 2 books per month
  • Make more – buy less (e.g. food, and beauty, cleaning, and hygiene products)
  • Do yoga three times per week
  • Make and follow a schedule
  • Make art a weekly priority

There you have it. Nothing too crazy. Basically, I want to live with intention to give the most meaning to my days, be my best for God and my family, and to have the energy to build relationships with the people God has given me to love. Once again, I don’t know what 2016 will hold, but we will “…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt. 5:33), trusting that His plans are our greatest blessing.

Happy 2016, family and friends!

Love, Felisha 🙂