Good bye to 2018. It was I think a year like none that have gone before. Here are 10 things I learned in this last year.
My year started with Ben and Megan selling everything they owned so they could travel the United States and find a homestead to live and raise their family. The first thing I learned that as Corrie Ten Boom said, “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
That day as they drove down the driveway was the first opening of my hands in 2018.
My heart sings as I know how much these guys have accomplished and the things they have seen.
Our next big blessing was getting to stay in Tucson and welcome our 10th grand baby and our sixth grandson to our family.
The second thing I learned in 2018 was my heart always has room for one more. I think I learned that I have never realized how great the gifts God has given and how I can only think most of the time, “Why me?” Lord? How as He told Ron so long ago, ”
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
The third lesson I learned, is God has plans for all of our kids and their families. I must let them live their lives the way God has called them to live. These two William and Makenzie are always keeping me a little out of breath as they spend so much time in airports doing the work I used to dream about one time long ago.
When ever it is we can finally get together, I sit just spellbound at all the Lord is doing in their life and how much they do every day.
Once again I had to open my hands and let another one go to follow the path the Lord has him on.
The fourth thing I learned is that I am not God! He is always good. He keeps trying to get me to trust Him. Every single day. As I try to learn every single day, Our lives are His. Our times are in His hands. Not mine. Peter is now in another country so far away from home. I must trust God even more and keep my hands open every day.
The fifth thing I learned is being a mother never stops. Every day until Jesus calls me home I will be a mother. I will be a grandmother and of course the best job that makes it all possible a wife. My life is not about me. Its about serving my family and in that I find the greatest joy.
The seventh thing I learned in 2018 is that I have such special friends that God has given to me. My daughters and my daughters in love. They are precious to me and having them in all in my life is so important. I go to Bible Study on Thursday mornings.
I only go for one reason. I get to hang out with my daughter Emilie. Of course the Bible Study is nice too.
The eighth thing I learned is crying in the shower is the best place to be when life becomes so overwhelming and I know that I must do what God is leading them to do every day. I never wish to go back in time. I never long for the days when I could keep them in the house. I am very proud that they are reaching and touching and being ambassadors for God in a way I never could have done. I always wanted to be a missionary. Now, I see how God is using each of them in the way that only He could see.
The ninth thing I learned in 2018 that prayer can move mountains. Big mountains. When I pray though, sometimes God answers bigger than I had prayed. Ron was able to move into a job that he has wanted for years. I just had this prayer I was praying for his work. God really did the impossible to give Ron the desires of his heart.
Finally to the tenth thing I learned in 2018 it was that my time frame isn’t God’s time frame. Being patient and waiting and watching and keeping my mouth shut is very important. Our son Elliot and his wonderful girlfriend I hope will get married, but of course. God’s timing will be perfect. So I will wait. But the yard is green and pretty. Just perfect for a wedding.
This is my list of 2018, I wish I had kept better records. These were the high-points.
I wish you a very blessed New Year