It’s a new year – 2014! I’ve had this blog for one year now, have met many new people, and had many adventures over the past year. 🙂
I have seen the hand of God countless times this last year.
He has blessed me with wonderful family interactions. This group of diverse people who have a common bond and desire to increase that bond has been there for each other time and time again. Everything from helping with moves, working on yards, digging in the mud during time of crisis, and reaching out with love and prayers in sickness to happy experiences such as birthday celebrations, new babies, and reunions. And even more individual, one-on-one experiences reaching out to one person or family to strengthen relationships.
At work we have been undergoing many, many changes. There’s a lot of stress and angst. But my immediate group of co-workers are absolutely marvelous and I find it a pleasure to work with them. And there are many others who cross my path regularly and influence my life as well as allowing me the opportunity to influence theirs’. These are some truly blessed interactions.
Church remains, as always, a pillar in my life. My calling has been the same for several years and at times, I hate to admit, has felt underwhelming. Imagine how I felt when Elder Neil L. Anderson, in the October General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said (directly to me it seemed) “We all willingly serve. Sometimes we feel underwhelmed with our calling and wish we were asked to do more. Other times we are grateful when it is time for our release. We do not determine the callings we receive.” And then, through personal revelation, our loving Father in Heaven explained to me that this calling was given as a blessing to me, and that I will be able to fulfill my desires to serve more in other arenas. And it has been a great blessing, letting me enjoy His spirit through these precious, beautiful children, increasing my talent to play the piano and to enjoy the inspired music we use, and to be able to quickly find a substitute when Beloved Hubby had last minute health issues I needed to be there for.
This is not to say that there have been no problems. But by turning to Heavenly Father, receiving help from friends and loved ones, praying for others, encouraging where I could, and sometimes simply hanging on for dear life trusting in the Lord and His goodness, the problems were overcome or passed through. Some continue and give me cause to humble myself, seek to reach out to others, and draw me closer to God.