Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Beginnings

I was trying to find a picture from when I moved to Waverly. This one (me in the middle of my sisters Steph and Beth) is dated from January 2001. I moved in February 2002, but this is as close as I'm able to get. It's amazing to think about how much has changed in seven years. How much I have changed.

I scarcely recognize myself. I'm not talking about physically, although I have definitely changed there. I'm talking about the steps I have taken in the journey to the woman God has called me to be. This seven years (almost one-quarter of my life!) has brought challenges I never anticipated, pain I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. It has also brought deeper joy and greater love than I had ever experienced.

So in this time of transition from the ministry that brought me here to the unknown future that lies ahead of me, I reflect on God's goodness. I rejoice in God's grace and love. I am amazed at the joy that comes from knowing Him. Even though the next seven years will likely bring more change than I can comprehend today, I eagerly anticipate knowing Him more and seeing Him revealed in each moment of each day that lies ahead.

"If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." Psalm 37:25-26 (NIV)


Heth said...

It has been such a privilege to be a part of your life these last few years. You have become such a dear friend. I'm so excited to see what God has for you next. Love you!

Tina said...

I ditto what Heth said. It's a journey isn't it? Crazy... crazy... journey.

And God is good.

melanie said...

crazy indeed.. painful, indeed. and yet incredibly blessed to have this chapter in your life overlap with ours. love you.

jenni said...

tearing up... getting a kleenex... blowing my nose... but i'm smiling because I love ya. we don't always no where this journey called life is going, but God already does so in that there is nothing to fear. looking forward to singing with you one last time on Sunday... tearing up... getting a kleenex... blowing my nose