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My Year of Steady



My word for this year was steady. Firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving. Regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency, or intensity.

Here's a little journey down memory lane...

It started by closing out 2016. I wrote about it here. I held on to the saying, "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings" by Lao Tzu. But our hard season didn't end. I had a difficult 2017. My word was refine and God brought me through fire. It was a year of pruning and polishing. I do look back and see tremendous growth. It was just very painful.

In 2018, my word was renew. I needed a sense of fresh life and strength. I needed to be re-established. This was another year of growth. Not as painful as 2017 though, praise God! I wrote a little about this year on my personal blog.

For 2019, I wasn't looking for anything life-changing or major, I just wanted slow and steady growth. I was hopeful for the year ahead. It was all about little by little progress adding up. Being consistent and hoping that would pay off.

Despite facing hard situations, I do feel like steady was a good word to describe my year.

As Lara Casey says, "It's okay to grow slow."

I tried my hardest to maintain my habits and work on building new ones, like getting up early again.

Although I have not made perfect progress, I see growth in my life as I look back on the year behind me.

Little by little really did add up.

Life has become much more steady and even. And I've seen a slow incline in my personal life.

I love prayerfully anticipating what the year ahead may hold and coming up with a word to pray over the year. And I especially like looking back and seeing the ways that God has moved in my life.

p.s. I'm praying that 2020 will be a year of growing in trust. Trust for where God has me. Trust for my children's future. Trust that He is who He says He is and His promises are true. 

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