Another year draws to a close. Another set of milestones passed… 8 years married, our daughter has finished her first year of school.
This year was also really hard for us, in some very strange and unexpected ways.
I always think it’s interesting to compare my vision for the year as I look ahead (when I set goals and make plans) with the reality of the year that was. As much as I love to plan and dream and imagine what the year might look like, there are always things that catch me by surprise. There are always things that can’t be anticipated or planned for.
It really drives home the message of Proverbs 16:9:
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
And even through all the difficult things that have happened this year, there is so much to be thankful for. So I decided to close out 2017 by making a list of all the things I am thankful to God for:
- Another year of getting to stay home and look after these precious kids.
- That my husband has a job which provides for us and means I can stay home with the kids.
- My wonderful husband – all the ways he loves me, leads me and nurtures me in the Lord (could write a whole post about him, TBH 🙂 ).
- The way God has grown my love for learning about Him and following Him more deeply this year.
- Surviving my daughter’s first year of school (and my first year as a school mum!!).
- My amazing friends who came through in such supportive and encouraging ways this year, through some really hard times.
- My wonderful church and Bible study family who also supported our family through prayer, encouragement and practical support.
- God’s mercy and grace to me – there are so many times this year when I have been aware of His mercy, of how he has actively held back worse things that could have happened!
- God’s patience with me, even as I stumble and fall.
- God’s provision and help in my first year as a MOPS coordinator, working through me despite all my self-doubt and lack of organisational ability.
- For all the beauty surrounding me inside and outside of my house, for small pleasures like nice sunny days, rain when it’s needed, a quiet cup of tea before anyone else wakes up and falling into a soft, warm bed tangled up with someone I love each night.
It’s been a strange, beautiful, hard year. Here’s to the next one!