Life is all about learning and growing, and each year I take a little time to process what I have learned over the course of 365 days of living. Studying the snapshots helps bring thousands of moments into focus and provides direction for the next year. So, here goes……
When I need to practice patience, I melt chocolate. My life has been crazy this year. Multi-tasking was at the center of it all, rushing and juggling, just to keep chaos from breaking loose. In the whirlwind of movement, sometimes I am prone to impatience…with myself, and I lose touch with the sheer pleasure of being in a moment and soaking in its gifts.
Wading through “slow” for a time helps me reconnect with patience. To feel my pulse wane and my breathing lengthen. To entertain the mind wandering and the hands gentle whisking. In this, patience is awakened, and I can enjoy dwelling even for a moment in the gift of slow.
Such patience is always rewarded, and what could be better than chocolate! Did I mention melting chocolate in a microwave doesn’t count?
Online friends are like icing on a cake. Sweet friends have been added to my life this year, and I am grateful for our connections, our stories and our opportunities to encourage one another. When this world feels so small, sharing in the living has helped me value and make more time for friends.
I am grateful for each circumstance, milestone and need which has brought me into relationship with new and treasured online friends. By becoming an Incourager with Incourage.me and connecting with fellow bloggers, my year has been sprinkled with friends both near and far.
Although our journeys lead many directions, our humanity intersects in the most common places. (Click to Tweet)
Cupcakes are hugely popular. I can’t get enough of these perfectly sized treats, and as much as I love baking them, I love frosting them even more. Eating them is a given! From children to adults, I have yet to find a person who doesn’t enjoy cupcakes. Do you know what flavor is your favorite?
It took me an entire year of baking and testing to determine that my favorite flavor is lemon, followed by carrot cake with cream cheese frosting….yum! If you come to visit, I will probably not bake a cake, but I promise to have a unique recipe of cupcakes ready for the welcoming.
One word can be a pivotal avenue for change. As much as I like planning, New Year’s Resolutions are not something I participate in. Why set myself up for failure, especially when I do not know what tomorrow will bring. Learning to live and grow in the space of one solitary word works better for me.
One year ago, I decided to join many other participants around the world in a simple challenge. To choose one meaningful word which would “center on my character and create a vision for my future,” as stated in the guidelines.
What was my word? Click here→ My One Word
Never could I have imagined how the soil of my life would be tilled and uprooted through the continual action of my one word. Embracing my word helped me release the control which was entangling my faith and place that control squarely on God’s sovereign shoulders. I’m learning to embrace His sovereignty with a deeper understanding of both mind and heart.
Today, one year later, a yielding heart surrenders strong, and the vision created for my future….Let’s just say, God has blown me away!
If like me, you have no desire for unfulfilled resolutions, consider joining me in 2014 at MyOneWord.org. You won’t be disappointed, and you can’t fail!
There is a way to clean laundry without using detergent. Saving money and decreasing my impact on the environment is important to me, so I am thrilled to find a new product which actually eliminates the need for laundry detergent to clean all of my family’s clothing and household linens.
Laundry Balls from QVC.com have changed how I do laundry. I know….I was skeptical also, but just click on the link and take a look for yourself. You will never need to buy laundry detergent again!
Counting can multiply joy. We all have our own storms to navigate, and keeping perspective can prove to be a challenge. The last two years have been the most difficult years of my life. Searching out moments of beauty and grace in each day became a necessity, and I am thankful for the insights of Ann Voskamp in her book, 1000 Gifts.
Realizing how critical recognizing the smallest moments of a day can be to awakening joy has been unimaginably life changing. One of the earliest skills learned is counting…. who knew counting and recording the moment by moment God gifted blessings of each day could refresh joy and spill over hope.
“The whole of the life — even the hard — is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
#14 Open-window breezes
#52 Hot, frothy latte
#98 Singing frogs in the flood
#135 Flat tire in the parking lot and not on the road
#273 Fresh cut grass: the smell of green
#679 Fresh market finds
#747 Flowers filling my stocking
#801 The birth of and exciting New Year!
Gone are the half-filled journals…I will spend my pages counting!