Four things I learned in 2013.

Last sunset of 2013.
1. I suck at loving people. Being intentional, taking time to know people deeply & intimately, etc. I just suck at it. I'd say if there is a thing I learned the most or learned the best (if that even makes any sense), it would be this. That being said, I can probably say this is an area I have really grown in these past few months, but more than that I can say this is an area I will continue to grow in for the rest of my life. & I'm perfectly okay with that.

2. Hell hath no fury like a woman who is deprived of her coffee... & I'm just going to leave it at that.

3. I don't always have to be ready. During November & December I was really starting to panic a little bit about the coming year. I was in no way ready for what was ahead &, because of it, I was downright scared. But lately I have been so sweetly reminded that I don't have to be ready for this next season of my life, because He is ready. He walks before me & leads the way. I simply have to trust Him & follow in obedience.

4. The Lord's plans are always WAY bigger than mine. I'm getting ready to return to Nica again (one week & four days!). This means that in a span of twelve months, I will have been to Brazos de Amor four times. Let me just tell you -- that is NOT the way I planned it twelve months ago. After leaving the first time, I assumed I would be back to Nicaragua in one year (a trip in Jan 2013 & then another in Jan 2014). & well, that's just not what happened... But I wouldn't have it any other way. His plans are always so much bigger & better, always. He is so worthy to be trusted.


Samantha Shepherd said...

I love how you ended with "He is so worthy to be trusted." AMEN. Praise Jesus for His faithfulness. Looking forward to reading more of your blog this year!

Gennean said...

#3... yes yes yes!

Jobin Sam said...

So encouraged to hear how Father is working in your life, Rylie- from who you are now to who you are becoming. Thank you especially for the #3&4 :) He is always ready and never in a rush- what a perfect patient God

Natalie said...

A hearty amen to numero 3!