This year's Christmas involved so many memories I couldn't possibly write that long of a blog post about it. Instead, I'll just leave these photos below to give you some idea of my Christmas.
My Christmas was spent with family- both mine and Jon's- and it has been the best Christmas of my life thus far.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well!
It is funny, isn't it?
From the time we are 2, we want to be like our older siblings or cousins. Then we get to that age and we no longer get to stay at home. It isn't what we thought it would be.
From the time we are 10, we want to be able to wear makeup and be like those cool teenager girls who look like they are having so much fun. Then our faces break out and we no longer like the sight of our natural face without makeup. It isn't what we thought it would be.
From the time we are a teenager, we long to be like the people in their 20's, because they look like they are so independent. Then we get to that age and realize how hard having a job & the struggle of paying bills. It isn't what we thought it would be.
In the course of our lives, we are always wanting to be in that next chapter in our lives, because, for some reason, we believe that our future selves have things more figured out than we do in the present. We never take notice of the season we are currently in.
Lately I've been really looking at this in my own life. Because although it is good to want to progress in life, if I am not taking notice of the season I am in then how will I ever get to where I want to be?
Right now, I am working a full-time job in a business that I can move up in, but have no desire to do so. No, what I want to do involves years of college to achieve- a social worker- and I still plan on going (You can breathe now mom). However, these past few weeks I've noticed that I've grown impatient and honestly a bit depressed because my life is not what I envisioned for myself back in high school. Yet, God reminded me of the last time I grew impatient with His plan.
I had been sick and it felt like with each passing day it just got worse and worse. I lost a ton of weight and I had no energy to do anything for days. I cried out to him for over a year, people got in prayer circles around me, and I slowly lost faith. I lost faith in the one who gave me purpose because I felt as though I had no purpose.
Which brings me to my life now, I had started to lose my faith because I didn't feel like I was fulfilling my purpose. Yet, just like last time, God is right there reminding me that He has big plans for me and to trust in him.
So yes, I am working in a travel agency when I want to be working on my degree to be a social worker. My heart is to work with kids and help them through some tough things they go through in their lives. So, get this, God knew that and has placed me in a ministry in my church called 412 that deals with 5-7th graders. Every Sunday I get a chance to sit down with them and listen to them as they tell me things that are going on in their lives.
Needless to say, as I was going through those impatient and depressed feelings, God had to remind me that He has me exactly where He wants me to be. And I... I will find rest in knowing that His plans- no matter how many times I doubt them- are far better than mine.
Sometimes you just have to be content in the season you are in until God calls you to the next.
I am so glad you stopped by. I cannot wait to hear from you!