I hope you are able to spend some time in reflection as this year comes to an end, and we look with anticipation and hope to a New Year. My word for 2019 was Serenity and God miraculously provided new adventures and challenges to build that character into my life. Yes, I learned far more than 10 things during 2019, but I share these few with you to hopefully spark your own review of surprising and substantial life lessons.
- If I must err, it is preferable to err on the side of loving too much, extending kindness even if rebuffed, and doing all I can to lift up those who are drowning. Being right is nice, but being there is much better. God will sort it all out…
- Pilgrimages where I re-visit and pray over God’s unfolding plan (often different from my envisioned life) can be satisfying and sacred. Returning to my roots in the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains for two different speaking events (Feb and May) reminded me of vivid life-changing experiences and dreams of my younger self – some actualized, some re-directed.
- There’s always room in my heart to love another child. This year my heart burst with joy in the arrival of little Abram Justin and I was particularly grateful to be present with his family for this wondrous welcoming.
- If God has given me a message to share, He will give me every right word. But I will probably have to dig very deep… and it may hurt a bit.
- It is quite possible, and utterly delightful, to find friendship with someone thirty years younger. Especially when assigned as roommates at a significant event where prayer and strength are required.
- Yes, one can write a good book on deadline even whilst hosting a cottageful of kids and grands for the summer. Key words – grace, passion, screen porch, 5 am, coffee, prayer, work.
- People are the true gifts. Sitting next to my 92-year-old Mama celebrating the book I dedicated to her was a precious gift. Gathering yesterday (the only day all year long) with all 12 of our kids/grands was a huge gift. And sometimes random acquaintances offer the most amazing answer-to-prayer-gift; like totally upgrading my faltering website.
- If someone covenants to love me always, I cannot help but rejoice upon reaching 35 years of marriage, knowing he is a prize. Seasons change relationships, but as love deepens, I am so grateful for my faithful husband.
- It is truly humbling to hear from people who have gained life, deeper intimacy with God, and empowering encouragement from reading something I wrote. Such acknowledgements usually make me weep in gratitude and amazement that God could do such a thing through such a sinner.
- I am not alone, and neither are you. Each moment of each day, I can fully trust the presence and power of God beside me, in me, and through me.
Happy New Year, friend, and thanks for reading.
under the mercy, Lucinda
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