Well it has certainly been an adventurous year of RECLAIMING 2015! As I look back on the the journey through the year, I know I’ve reclaimed:
- Strong boundaries to guard my heart, time, and attention in areas where they were non-existent or weakened.
- Courage to do brave things in a truly vulnerable way.
- The resilience to not break in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment in contrast to shutting down/crumbling emotionally in silence as before.
- A deeper and stronger understanding of who I am a person, a woman, a daughter, a sister, a Christian, a pastor, a leader, a human being, and all the other various facets that make up who I am.
- Friendships that were once lost
- The ability to accept that things can be great in my life not only because of what I’ve worked hard to earn but also because God is good and just, and desires to bless His people.
- A hope for things to succeed and not always fail, even when road blocks pop up.
- A greater love for myself and the way God made me.
Some of the things that have helped me along the way are:
- My incredible best friends & accountability partners
- My patient & challenging therapist
- My wonderful housemates at #DLAkehouse
- My badass fitness instructors Jessica & Daniel at 24 Hour Fitness
- Mandy Hale’s THE SINGLE WOMAN blog
- Jen Hatmaker’s BLOG
- Sarah Bessey’s BLOG
- Jon Acuff’s BLOG (and Twitter and Instagram)
- Online messages from NEWSPRING CHURCH, NORTHPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH, EIKON CHURCH, and of course WESTSIDE CHURCH.
- Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication by Tim Schraeder
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown
- The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating by Andy Stanley
- Humans of New York
- Vegan Oat Bars from Caffe Ladro
- Stumptown Coffee
- Music by: Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Sia, Jeremy Jordan, X Ambassadors, and Ellie Goulding.
And now as a I close another chapter in this adventure-filled story of my life, I look forward to taking these things I’ve reclaimed with me into the new year as I focus on another theme. What might that theme be? Oh you know, something timeless and powerful. Something that you can expect in . . .