{5 lessons learned in 2015}

I've blogged a bit about 2015 lately.  There are just some memories I definitely want to capture and even more so - some lessons learned in 2015! We learned so much!! Our word for 2015 was growth, and God did not disappoint!  I started out the year (like even before midnight), with a heavy heart, fearful that my ambitions for my life were never going to come to pass.  Rob and I stayed up, praying, crying and praying some more.  Well friends, I can honestly say - by the end of 2015 God had answered our prayers!!! Our family was growing.  I am home so much with Harper.  Really - I am amazed!
Here are some quick (but not so easy or quickly learned) lessons I learned in 2015....

I watched God clearly answer our prayers last year. I saw his hand work and I saw his plan unfold. There are times I truly find myself questioning God and wondering how in the world certain things could be better than my own plan. Because I of course know what's best, right? That's my flawed human nature.  Because when it come right down to it, his plans are perfect.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Strength:   in 2015, I was yet again reminded of strength.  Not only my own personal strength, but the strength of my marriage.  We went through heartbreak and a lot of change in 2015.  I can honestly say, my husband only loved me bigger and better through all of it!  Was our marriage perfect in 2015 - no way!  But I really do think we stood strong - tried and tested - yet victorious!  What the enemy intended to tear us apart, only brought us closer together!
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Let it go: my first and second trimesters took up the last half of 2015.  This pregnancy has been more challenging than I had hoped, energy and just feeling good wise.  I learned to let things go.  If I needed to lay on the couch and let Harper watch 2 dora the explorers, it was ok!  If the dishes stayed dirty, it was ok.  If Harper pulled everything out of her room, into our living room - as long as she was having fun and staying occupied while I was able to rest - it was ok!  I have learned to chose my battles and not try to control every little thing.  Sometimes we will have movie/pj days instead of super clean house/preschool days and that's ok!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Provision:  I quickly learned in 2015 that God cared about even the littlest things in our lives.  He has provided abundantly for us in 2015!  We couldn't be more blessed! 
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Discipline: A lot of things changed for us in 2015.  We quickly became part of a tight knit church family.  Which in turn, has provided a lot of discipline in our lives - discipline to get up and go to church every Sunday, discipline to tithe, discipline to be in God's word, and discipline to show Harper how to walk with Christ.  Were we doing all these things before?  Sure - but we were in no way disciplined about them!  If we woke up on Sunday and were tired or Harper was having a bad morning, we just didn't go to church.  Now we have a little girl that LOVES going to church every morning.  Again - are we perfect at this - no way! But we are definitely learning the importance of discipline and the spiritual warfare that goes on all around us that we are often times oblivious to!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


  1. I'm so glad you've been able to see God's answers to prayer this past month! I pray that it is even more tangible in 2016! <3