Time for me to look back on 2016, to remember the highs and lows, to intentionally rejoice over all the beauty that has come about. And then to look forward into 2017!
|My mentor for the year, Michelle, who has become one of my most trusted friends at TWU. I'm so grateful for your generosity of your heart, time, prayer, home, and so much more.|
|Worked at Singer Hill Cafe and Chick-fil-A over the summer! Grateful for the provision to get back into school in the fall, but most of all grateful for the people I got to work with!|
|The hardest part of 2016 was saying goodbye to my best friend.|
|Wedding season! Rachel and Blake Adams. The day and the bride were absolutely stunning, and I was so honored to be part of it. I love you, Rachel.|
|Lauren and Ben Edmonds- the couple I've been praying to happen for literally years. So many tears of joy over this beautiful marriage. Thank you, and I love you, Lauren!|
|And back to school! I'm on the Inter-Cultural Programs team with these cool kids (plus Matt and Mandy!). Half-way through the year now (and adding another member, Deborah), I'm so blessed by them!|
|And there is nothing like family. There is not time enough for me to write what each of them means to me. Of all my prayers, most are for these people who I love oh so much. Thank you for how you all have shaped me and continue to love me so so much.|
And so 2016 comes to a close, and 2017 begins. I didn't really make any New Year's Resolutions this year. But I'm taking to heart the words Pastor Tim (of CTK Canby) said to us on Friday, challenging us to not tell God what we want Him to do in us this year, but rather ask Him what He wants to do in or through us. I spent some time asking God that question this morning, and came up with a few things that I think God may want to do in me. If you haven't yet, I'd encourage you to do the same.
But most of all, just as every year, my deepest desire is simply to know Him and to make Him known, to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did. I know God has the same vision and plan for me, and so we press onward with confidence. I have no idea what 2017 will bring, but I know this: Jesus said, "Behold, I am with you always."
He is with me, and that is all I need.
Happy New Year!