2014 has been the hardest year for myself and my family. It has been a year of loss and life, of sadness and joy, a year of uncertainty and doubt, a year of fear, pain, anger and much more. Even though I would never want to go through 2014 again I know I am going into 2015 a new person. I have learned some of the biggest lessons this year that have forever shaped me.
1. I have learned to always cherish every moment. None of us are promised tomorrow and we need to cherish the time we have with our family and friends. Love more, judge less and choose to make every moment count.
2. To TRUST in God with everything! I always thought I trusted in God with my whole life but this year I was tested…. He truly knows what we need and He sees the big picture! I don’t and will never understand why we are going through this season. Honestly the only thing I have to hold onto is trusting in HIM! There are days where I don’t know were to go or what to do but I know that He will lead me!
Proverbs 3:5-6 “With all your heart you must Trust the Lord and not your own judgement. Always let Him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.”
3. To not worry about anything. This year has been a year of fear and anxiety for me. I have never been a fearful person but my life has been consumed with fear in 2014. Fear that I may lose my children, husband or anyone I love. At times fear has taken my sleep, my household and my life. I have learned that I can not control or change the past and I can not control what happens in the future but I can control (for the most part) the present moment. God’s word is filled with scripture of fear and anxiety. Here are a few of my favorites.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Psalm 27:1-3 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
4. It’s okay not to be strong. I will have to say this has been a huge life lesson for me. I have always felt that I need to have a strong face, to not ask for help and I should be able to handle everything life throws at me on my own. I was having a rough night and just being extremely hard on myself and I remember hearing this faint, quiet voice say to me, “Tiffany, If you are always strong how can I be your strength?” For so long I have thought that I had to be strong and that was God’s strength living in me but that is all wrong. It is okay to be tired and we need to allow God to hold us and be our true strength. When we do this we are totally letting go and allowing God to work deeply in us. We become fully vulnerable and that is when God can truly work within us!
Isaiah 40:28-31 “Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured. The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. Even young people get tired then stumble and fall. But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.”
Psalms 18:1-2 “I love you, Lord God, and you make me strong. You are my mighty rock, my fortress, my protector, the rock where I am safe, my shield, my powerful weapon, an my place of shelter.”
5. Life touches us all. Life touches us all differently and when it does touch us it is painful. We can’t control it and there is nothing we can do to change it. I am so grateful that I haven’t had to walk through life’s touches alone. God is with you, He will never forsake you, and he deeply loves you!
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid of those people because the Lord your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you.”
There is a song that is traditionally sung for the New Year called, Auld Lang Syne. I was listening to it before Christmas and was curious on what Auld Lang Syne meant. As I did research I found a new meaning to this song. Auld Lang Syne means, “times gone by.” It is said to be one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by. This year has been full of sorrow but I am so grateful I can hold onto memories. I will always cherish my Auld Lang Syne.
Hello my name is Tiffany. I am a mom to two beautiful children, Landon & Madelyn and a wife to my Prince Charming, David. A few of my favorite things are Disney, the beach, sharpies & post its.
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