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Year ending – Holiday letter

Well, I suppose its that time of year! I refuse to do a Christmas letter this year. Not lazy… so busy I can barely see straight. No Christmas cards have even been signed or sent out… probably will only happen for the grandparents this year but I wanted to recall a few good things that happened this year

    • We have been working on our debt snowball… it’s slowly getting bigger and overtaking our larger bills.
Baby rolling around in a pile of $100's
Baby rolling around in a pile of $100’s
    • We bought a newer Corolla, cash in hand, and it felt really great not incurring another car payment. Of course, we had to throw the cash on the bed first and let our cat roll around on it since we were too embarrassed to be caught on camera doing such a silly thing.
    • My brother and his family came to visit briefly a few times this year as he took interviews all over the country looking for work in his new area of expertise, lineman.
    • Put my life in my new sis-in-law’s hands by taking a motorcycle ride with her
It was a necessity ... we ran out of Monster
It was a necessity … we ran out of Monster
    • Mostly we spend time with family and friends whenever we aren’t working. This year we’ve been blessed to see two new nieces added to our extended family. They couldn’t be more perfect representations of their parents.
    • As you can see Jonathan is feeling more like himself these days… praise the Lord
My best friend
  • We continually rediscover what a treasure it is to just sit and talk to each other. I really did married my best friend
  • Oh, we moved to a less expensive rental and applied the difference to our debt; we are getting far too responsible in our old age. (Speaking of which, it blows my mind we are both now in our 30’s!) Anyways, the best part is we are right in between Richmond Beach and Edmond’s Waterfront now and if I make it home in time, we get to enjoy a sunset together too. We are so blessed.
Richmond Beach Lookout Point

Wishing you an uplifting new year and I hope you find reasons to celebrate each and every new day.

I feel like Job sometimes…

I am very much identifying with the story of Job in the Bible today. I can feel so empty and yet know that when all is taken away so that all that is left is me; that is an opportunity for the Lord to do an internal makeover and remind me who He is. I have found I am filled with an anger that I have been battling since I was very young and, of course, the flip side of anger is depression. So I seem to be figuring out a lot already this year. My identification with Job is that of feeling like an ant while God thunders down a full two chapters (see Job 38-39) of rantings identifying just who God is and how great and mighty He truly is. I feel small and ashamed of my anger at such petty everyday things; and yet so thankful that God IS in control of all those things. (See Job’s response in Chapter 40).

The best thing I can do at this point is to look at all the blessings I have now. I am able to finish school. I have a roof over my head and I lack for nothing to do with my physical wellbeing. I am surrounded by good Christian people, and I can talk to my Savior anytime day or night. With the lack of work so far this week I am even more thankful for the lack of extensive living expenses right now. I am deeply and unconditionally in love and so totally unworthy of it and yet somehow it is reciprocated with a purity that only Christ can give. So although I act like a complete brat at times; I am thankful that God does not give up on me and He provides forgiveness and love when I am so undeserving. He keeps showing me ways to work through this life and reminding me that this is not my home anyways, my home is in Him.

“Jesus answered, ’Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”John 4:13-14 (NIV)

I found a great devotional site if anyone is interested, here’s the one I liked today. Encouragement for Today – Jan. 8, 2008