This blog has been a work in progress for months. And months. Not that I didn’t want to get it together… but this year was a year full of struggles and challenges – some good, some not so much. Health struggles. New, lofty goals to reach for. Death in the family. Self-doubt and overwhelm. Hope.
I must start by telling you what I told my hubby, Mr. PChef, on New Year’s Eve 2012. I really had a sense that 2013 was going to be a time of challenge and personal growth. As if, so far, we’d just been “cruising” and enjoying life with no real difficulties, nothing to complain about. Looking back on the year, I’d say that ‘challenge’ and ‘growth’ pretty much defined the year! Not that these are negative… they are just tough things that we go through that make us stronger, more faith-full people.
We are not defined by our moments… but we are definitely shaped by them. There were times this year where it definitely would’ve been easier to give in to overwhelm, or give up in frustration or hopelessness. There were circumstances that could make for some unsavoury bitterness or jealousy. Why them and not me? Why me and not THEM? Why any of us? Indeed….
God was a faithful Pilot this year – taking over the helm when I was sure I could not go on. Too many courses, too many commitments; not enough time, not enough energy; too many good ideas, not enough of me to go around.
Some great lessons I’ve learned this year, in both my personal and professional life:
– Let whatever you do today be enough. Stop stressing about stuff and wondering, ‘surely there’s more I could be doing to advance my ___________ [insert concern here: business, family, spiritual life, whatever]. How many times have I told my hubby or children “You can only do what you can do.” – same applies for me. And for you. 😉
– You are enough. God has been prepping you for this moment all your life. Whatever you lack will be developed in the moment or in the progress of time. He has promised us ALL His grace, and ALL sufficiency in ALL things. Our sufficiency is of HIM. “If you don’t got it, you don’t need it right now.” 😉
– No excuses. It doesn’t matter that your [dad, dog, fish, hope…] died. You need to keep picking yourself up and putting one foot in front of the other. Who else will do it for you if you don’t? God is bigger than your problems, and bigger than you… He’s a gentle Shepherd, and He’s got this. Stand up, buck up, and git ‘er dun – with His help.
– You DO have time. You just didn’t make it a priority for your time. See line above about no excuses. I’ve caught myself so many times this year about to say, “I didn’t have time to…” and corrected myself with “I didn’t TAKE time to….”. Refuse to blame – that’s the name of the game.
– “There is no dream too big, and no dreamer too small.” Love this line from the movie Turbo. I felt so small and incapable so many times this year… but had friends and family who backed me, and saw potential where I didn’t. They encouraged me to go on. I had some pretty lofty goals this year, and was able to achieve them. “I get by with a little help from my friends.” 😉
– You have not arrived. The destination is still ahead – the best is yet to be. Don’t settle for making it part-way to your goal. Don’t let off the gas. That alone caused me to fall behind so many times this year in accomplishing what I wanted to – internally, in my subconscious, I relaxed and settled for less, content with a bit of success. But, it ain’t over ’til it’s over, baby! 😉
I’m sure there’s many more lessons I learned…. but if I’ve forgotten them, I’m sure I’ll learn them again this year. God’s good that way… He knows when we need reminding. God has been faithful… and I’ve been blessed beyond measure, through thick and thin.
Wishing you God’s richest blessing for this coming year! xo