A Year Full of Change

So far since all the company has been here, we have played plenty of Cribbage, eaten lots of food, shopped, laughed, watched shows, and even celebrated a birthday (Uncle Dave’s)! Tonight, we are having the Hornaday’s over as well! I LOVE having so many people around the house spending time together! We are also going to see MI4 tomorrow ūüôā So excited!

exhausted from the shopping before we even left haha

Lauren and I may have lost to them...

but we definitely won against them!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE DAVE!!! So glad we could celebrate with you!

At work this week, I was realizing that you say things as a teacher that you wouldn’t say otherwise life, “Hey, check that chair for dinosaurs!” haha instantly I laughed at that phrase coming out of my mouth. The holidays are fun at work too…today we had a PJ day with our little friends and watched the Polar Express while drinking chocolate milk! My kids have brought me many gifts for the holidays too–>

I have also gotten a few gift cards that aren't in the picture!

I was realizing the other day that it’s been over a year since I started this little blog…WOW! I seriously can’t believe it’s been that long. This will be my 284th post and I have had more views on here than I ever would have thought. I have no idea why people are interested in my life or what makes them continue to check out my site, but it’s really cool to me that they do. I pray that my posts make a difference in even one life and that they reveal who I really am. I pray most importantly that my posts never stray from Truth and that I will glorify God through this blog. I am excited about how the Lord has used my blog thus far and look forward to how He will use it in the future (both in my life and the lives of others). It’s seriously CRAZY to me how much I have changed even in just one year of posting…I am so thankful to be a different person than I was when I started this thing. I have grown in my love for and knowledge of God, I am much more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, I am constantly convicted of my own sinfulness and battling sin much more aggressively, I have become a much deeper thinker, and so much more! I just want to point out that none of this is by my own doing…only by God’s grace am I changed and I in no way want to seem self-righteous or like I have it all together. Hopefully you have all seen by my posts that I struggle, I am a dirty rotten sinner in need of God’s grace and forgiveness daily. I have no room for judgement of others and I will NEVER reach a point even close to perfection until I see my Savior! Anyway, just some things I had been thinking about this past week as I look back on everything this past year of blogging has contained.

Before I go, I wanted to share something that I read in Psalm 19:7-14 this morning.

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart 
Be acceptable in Your sight, 
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

I was reminded how much I need to seek the Lord for control over my words and thoughts. I want everything I say, do, and think to honor Him. I need His help for this. I need His help to recognize “hidden” sins within my own heart…there are things I do that I don’t even realize are against my God’s character. I pray that the Lord would bring this up in my heart and mind quickly and help me to repent. I pray that God would cause me to be acceptable in His sight!

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