2016 Reflections

What a year. My cousin posted on Facebook that she was kind of tired of hearing people talk about how bad 2016 has been- so she listed all of the good things that happened in her life this year.

It’s been one helluva year, that’s for sure! I have to say it’s been a good helluva year though. First and foremost- I got sober!

Gil sent me a message today that came up on his Facebook Memories from exactly two years ago. Back then, he and I were corresponding about my horrible situation- and I was desperately searching for God and sobriety. Isn’t that crazy?!

2015 was insane. If I had to count, I’d say I had about seven relapses that year. And then… 2016 was my major turning point. Everything started to make sense, and life changed.

I have a very LONG way to go to rebuild anything that shows outwardly (you know… like I only own a few boxes of things right now, I live with my mom, and I was just given the first car I’ve owned in a while!)- but that’s OK.

I’ve had a lot and I’ve had a little- and I have the same amount of joy no matter what!

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13

I have two Bible verses that sum up my life this year. That’s one.

So, for starters- the reflection photo is my driveway today, after the rain. The tree by the wash was reflecting in a small puddle. I thought it was cool. Something different.

Second of all, I have to end this year by saying something about my friend Gil. I just love him!! For TWO YEARS that man has listened to me, prayed for me, encouraged me, and most important- I believe- has always said that he loves me- no matter what. And that God loves me no matter what, too. That’s something I found hard to grasp at first.

He is a husband, father… AND a Los Angeles Fireman. All of that, and he still finds time to help people- like me. He even drove out of his way on August 14th 2016, to be present at my baptism. That was HUGE.

Anyway… I just wanted to take time and say thank you to him. He’ll read this eventually. 😉

I’m so excited about starting a new year, and I’m so grateful for discovering joy in writing and photography, and to be able to share these things with you all…

…and I love this little blogging community, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

So, yeah… 2016 was pretty darn cool.

Oh, and the other Bible verse that sums up my life lessons this year…

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 of course!

One paragraph sums up everything I wrote in 15 chapters!

That’s all for now. Peace and love everyone!! I have a ton of photos I will be going through, from after the rain. It’s been a great day.

 

-Just in Case My Featured Image Disappeared-

 

 

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