Thursday, December 31, 2020

The past two years I've ended my year with my journal open and a pen in hand to write out my reflections along with my dreams and visions for the upcoming year. That probably isn't too much of a surprise if you know me well or if you simply follow me.

Gibbs Gardens visit for my 30th birthday with Katrina and Stephanie
Gibbs Gardens visit for my 30th birthday with my sister Katrina and friend Stephanie

My most recent reflections included these questions:

  • What will you remember most about 2020?
  • What do you hope to remember most about 2020?

For me, the response is the same for both questions. I'll remember lessons in loving without conditions and learning to wait. I'll remember that God speaks to me and the beauty of abiding in His presence. I'll remember dropping financial and physical weight. I'll remember the joy and smile on my mama's face as we celebrated her 60th birthday! I'll remember turning 30 and having my incredible friends and family celebrate me and the assurance of knowing I was loved. I'll remember being an auntie to my favorite little girl and boy another year! I'll remember working with great colleagues who were supportive and valued my contribution to our team. I'll remember being essential to God and His people through worship with my Tribe Church family. I'll remember how relationships were and will always be medicinal and I'll remember what it means to be whole.

That's what I will remember. That's what I hope to always remember.

If the world calls me optimistic in a year where there was a global pandemic, well I will take it. My heart is filled with tremendous gratitude. I'm grateful to be alive this day, this moment, this year. I am not ignorant nor will I forget all that has taken place in our world but what I'll MOST remember is the goodness of God.

I hope you will too.

My prayer is that God's hand cover each of you who read this. One of my favorite passages is found in Ephesians so I'll close with that.

I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:16-21 CSB



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