Shake it off!

Am I the only one who feels this way about 2014?

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I’m just going to say it… This past year was rough. Yes, there was a lot of good in the midst of all the hard, but it was still hard. There were some unpleasant surprises, things took longer, were more painful and just generally, sucked. I think I remember asking God at the beginning of the year to teach me more discipline. Why is it that He answered that prayer and yet, I still don’t live in a fairy princess castle (ahem…that’s on my prayer list too)? In the midst of it all though, I’ve realized something.  All that stretching has produced something…growth. I still have a long way to go but I’m not where I was this time last year because I submitted to the process. The discipline, the challenges, the ups and downs, were not for nothing. I can look back at this year and say that I’ve learned a lot through this process… dare I say, I’ve even learned a bit more discipline. (Let’s be honest, I still have a long way to go on that front though).

As I was thinking over this past year, the following verse came to mind….

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” – James 1: 2-4 (MSG)

That’s a legit promise that all the tough stuff has a purpose.  God’s not mean. Even when life gets tough, He is still good. It says in Romans 8:28 that he works ALL things together for our good.  That means that even when I don’t understand why, I can still trust that there is good coming. That even the unknown isn’t really unknown because He’s already in it working things out for my benefit. One of my favorite speakers and besties, Eileen,  shared this great message entitled “Shake It Off” this past weekend.

So instead of fixating on the things that could have gone better this year, I’m choosing to leave the pain, the frustration and the disappointment in 2014. There’s good on the horizon. I just know it.

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In the immortal words of T. Swifty

“Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off”

Bring it 2015!

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Photo Credit : Erica Baker Photography

GIF Credit : Janelle Fike

Dance Moves Credit : My Mom

 

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