I can’t believe it’ll be 2018 soon. You know what that means? A fresh start.
Why am I so surprised that time is just flying by?
My youngest celebrated a birthday, last year before he’s a teenager, my eldest son is on the verge of driving, my daughter got into her dream college. The reality of being an empty nester doesn’t seem so far off. I will celebrate a milestone birthday in the near future and this year I will have lived in our house longer than my childhood home. How is that possible? I was just changing diapers and had three kids in car seats.
I still feel like that high school girl but the mirror tells a different story. My sweet grandmother, Nell always said that only at 25 I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. I was going to be young forever. On the doorstep of twice those younger days, I understand. I guess that’s only with age and hopefully some wisdom that we can understand.
I know these last few years my faith has been front and center of my life. I can truly say that I love the Lord and know him. That doesn’t mean I know everything and have it figured out, exactly the opposite. It means that I need him more than ever and I am so grateful for his love and mercy. Not to be morbid but life here is fleeting and temporary. The world is really good at keeping us distracted. Distracted from our goal of eternity with Christ. At least that’s my goal for me and my family. The day to day grind keeps us so busy that we forget why we are here, I get distracted by my to-do list, errands, chores, and all the things that take up our time and get us off track. At the end of the day though what really matters? People, right? Our relationships? Have you ever thought if I had to leave my home in a split second what would I take with me? It’s a sobering thought is it not? I’m guessing your list is short, like mine. Family.
I think joining Bible study has given me a different perspective on life. It keeps me grounded and I’m surrounded by other women who are looking for that connection to God. As crazy as it sounds being part of Edie’s Oily Sisterhood also gives me that perspective. Never in my life has I been surrounded by such gracious women who love the Lord, who truly want to do good and are so supportive and encouraging to one another. I have only met two of these women in person but my connection to them is real. I feel like I have a purpose and that feels good. I love our home but how many times can I rearrange the family room? I don’t want to just share the perfectly decorated room. I need more, I need deeper and the Sisterhood and Bible study group is filling that void.
So what is the point of my post? I’m not even sure myself. Maybe it’s to get you to look at things in a different way. What do you need? What are you missing? What does a fresh start look like for you? I had this deep longing that has only been filled by God. In 2018 I’m going to keep learning and growing. Not only my faith but my relationships and my business. I want to help others live better, happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.
January marks the fresh start. It’s like the beautiful cover of freshly fallen snow everything is bright, clean and beautiful. After a while, it melts and the dirt becomes visible. It’s a lot like us really. We clean up nice but then we get caught up in the daily grind of life, our old ways, and bad habits take hold. We need the clean cover of Christ to wash away our sins. Here’s to a beautiful New Year filled with love and peace.
ps. I have some fun posts planned for January. Macrame, DIY natural deodorant, yummy breakfast casserole, 50 things and more!
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