To Read on the Journey

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 Favorites

2013 Favorite Posts, People, and Moments

Posts- really want something. 
I didn't choose Peace.  It has, over time, been choosing me; whispering in my ear to "take hold" of it. 

Hard to Swallow
When I was 6 I imagined Tori Johnson's mother would never make me eat peas.  In my little girl mind I decided her to be what I wanted her to be... and if I'm honest the thing that makes me the maddest in this suffering is that God is not like my 6yr old image of Tori Johnson's mother.  At some point I decided that He would never make me go through hard things, and every time I experience suffering I get ticked off at Him for not being the God I decided He would be. 

He Wins!
Emilie reminded this Debbie Downer that no matter how dark it gets- Jesus wins!  

And I can't afford it, but it's mine
I have been consumed with worry... fretting about the future, comparing, envying, feeling entitled, and buying a lie that God is withholding favor from me.
Hearing the lyrics, "and I can't afford it, but it's mine," has been a wake-up call that my soul desperately needed... (it has lead me to ask) 'what IS MINE that I can't afford?' The answer is too much!  

"I don't deserve your love.  I'm such a mess." 
"I love you more because you're messed up," she says.

40 Zone Ahead
I know, the last person on earth you would expect (or accept) blessing from is you (I can already see that you are cringing and this is making you uncomfortable).  But Girlfriend, there are some things you need to hear, and on your 40th birthday I want you to hear them from yourself. 

You. Are. Beautiful. 
The way you live in Michael's love is a miracle, and it is my favorite.
You are not too much. You are enough.

People & Moments
L-R Our Chinese students- Tony and Jason. Visiting Spinner & Ginger in SC & NC.  Some of our Small Group.  Lisa, my dear friend of 30 years (she's the one who invited me to camp). My Melanie. Geoff and Maliah Black (sshh, don't tell anyone... they're our favorite)  Spinner.  A week making memories with the Maui cousins. GalPals.  Friends who are family.  Diane.  The girls' bestie.  Making memories with Oz cousin.  Our Big Hat Days blessing.  Maycation.  Mullet Man.

And of course, my peeps, 
who made everyday in 2013 an adventure 

I like this Victory Rd. blog tradition of reviewing the year.  
It makes me look back- look back and be glad. 
It causes me to pause
and breath in all of 2013's 
"and I can't afford it but it's mine." 

 Live in Peace,

1 comment:

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

I love your year in review! I also love your #icantafforditbutitsmine. It really made me think about my blessings too! Thank you for that. Peace, love, and happiness in 2014:)