2010 has been a wonderful year.
I love looking back on memories and exciting moments of the year, but my favorite thing to do is look back at my journal entries that I write (most of the time) in my alone time with the Lord. It’s so encouraging looking at where I was, what I was/still am praying for, and what He has graciously answered. I feel like this is such a sweet season of my life – finding wonderful community and friends, growing up, maturing, and tuning my ear and heart to really focus on the Lord. He has really been tearing down walls in my heart and false doctrine that I have believed for many years, and revealing the truth of the Gospel. I was raised in church my entire life, but I really feel that in the past year (well, really the past 3-4 months) that God has showed me that He is sufficient and He is for me. I always have attached my faith to other things in addition to the Lord (friends, family, church, grades, etc…). My faith is to be found in Christ and Christ alone. This process of breaking down walls and false doctrine is a painful/slow/beautiful process that I pray continues so that I may be more equipped to share the Gospel and to truly know God, not just know of God. Relationship y’all, that’s such a beautiful thing about Jesus Christ.
All of this to say that the Lord has really been softening my heart, and I am listening now. I’m not perfect, but God IS, and I am encouraged that He can take a stubborn, dramatic, should-learn-when-to-not-talk, sinful girl and want to use me for His glory. This my friends, is amazing amazing grace.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This has been a season of growth for me, both spiritually and socially. I have made great new friends, traveled across the world to Australia, flirted with photography, went back to my natural hair color (brown), and somehow got through 2 semesters of college 😉
This is only a SMALL recap on this past year. Looking through my pictures, I realize things I didn’t get pictures of – or realized ones I didn’t make a graphic for. Granny and Grampy – I need to take pictures next time we play Yahtzee and of the mashed potatoes.
There were also so many family days with the Burnetts that I didn’t get pictures of. I’ll work on this in 2011! Let’s see…Rangers games, craft nights, ice cream runs/frozen yogurt trips, roomie nights, etc. I am truly thankful for all the people the Lord has placed in my life! Thank you for being a part!