Monday Musings: Best 12 (13) of 2012

I like to gather 12 or 13 pictures to represent my year. This year, I went through my photos and found 13 pictures that perfectly represented the year 2012. Enjoy.

IMG_4793I have so enjoyed getting to know this girl better this year!

DSCN1104February- Went to see wicked

DSCN1207March- kind of boring, went to see the Hunger Games with some pals

IMG_1472April- Easter in VA with these guys

379195_311839158901828_100002272390229_714745_385664044_nMay- FABULOUS trip to MN to see these besties

IMG_1797Dear Edwina- June- the only major event

528678_490213164340814_980649278_nJuly- PHC camp, met some great friends

IMG_2220August- mission to Reading with some adorable kiddos

251678_351413164944978_1462577148_nSeptember- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)

IMG_2434October- went to see Newsies!

IMG_5113November- some beautiful, fun friends

380624_438774706177222_1994553832_nDecember- A Christmas Carol (Ensemble, Fred’s Wife)

251025_381085328644428_353689989_nDecember- some great youth group friends

This year has been such a blessed one! I like to find an area of growth, an area that needs work, and an area of blessing for each year. This past year, I grew in wanting to know God more and my faith, etc. I need to work on my kindness, thinking before I speak, and not being self-righteous/judgemental. I’ve been hugely blessed in the area of friendships and opportunities. I’ve hung out with so many people and gotten to know so many amazing friends. I pray that these friendships continue to develop and grow deeper in the Lord this coming year.

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Monday Musings: Oh, my.

Oh, my.

Christmas Carol was so amazing. My heart is just so full of gratitude and wonder at God’s love and the really, really great people I’ve got as friends. I’ve tried and tried to express how I feel with words, and no words come! I’m speechless at God’s provision and the love he’s given me for others, and others for me. I am so, so, so, so, so, did I say, SOOO thankful!!

I’ve had a hard time, some of you might know. (Read my first blog post.) My life has had some painful change and I’ve really struggled. I’ve been lonely, friendless, left out, cried so many tears, been bitter and angry. But never once did I ever walk alone. Never once did God leave me on my own. He has provided SO much for me.

I just realized yesterday that I have never felt what it is like to have such true, deep, loving friendships! Now that I know what that feels like, I hope I never forget the pain I’ve felt. If I forget what it feels like to be excluded and lonely, I won’t be able to reach out to other people. I don’t want to be a person who forgets to love the lonely. I want to love everyone, because God loves them more.

In the end, Lord, you are the one who matters! Thank you so much for the love and grace you have given me! Please bless everyone. Thank you for the love you have given me. Thank you for filling my heart with YOU. Oh, God, you are so great and greatly to be praised.

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