"I'm definitely not the same person I was when this year started."
2013 left me feeling like I was in waiting, treading water - waiting endlessly for God to move, to work on me and in me and finally for Him to use me. Where He asked me to go, I followed... sometimes reluctantly, sometimes I didn't go at all... but He was and is moving in my life.
Almost exactly one year ago I started this blogging journey. I had no idea what it would turn into or how it would change me. I had no idea what it would be for those of you reading. I can say I am a better person because of you, my friends. I am better because of the cheerleaders, those of you who proofed my work, who reassured me a thousand times that I wasn't stupid for doing this - that my words make a difference. When I lost faith in myself, there was another team of people, commenting on my posts. Those of you who've prayed with me and for me. Those of you who have encouraged me to enroll in blogging workshops and send my "stuff" in. Those of you who've guest blogged... or better yet, began writing again because of a spark you felt here.
I have made some new friends this year and have lost some very good ones. I have literally been broken and rebuilt with metal; other times I have felt my Spirit break as my faith was not only called out but was also tested and tried. There were days words wouldn't come... there were days where only the angry ones wanted to bubble up and out. There were days and topics I was scared to write... and you've been there for it all.
Blessed beyond measure, that is what I am. Not only do I have a God who loves me and sees me through every hill and valley, who bought me on the cross... but I have friends like you all who believe in me and give me courage every day.
The end to 2014 opens wide the gates to new adventures, possibilities and closes some doors I never thought would be closed. I welcome all of it with hope, joy and excitement...
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. I cannot wait for the words that are in store.
Happy New Year!!!!