Sometimes I don’t feel I’ve accomplished much in a year until I look back and record all that’s been achieved. Doing so helps me to stay motivated and gives me the incentive I need to achieve even more in the next year. I can also see the bumps in the road that caused me to go off track and what it takes to get back on.

A life-changing event can leave us feeling hopeless. The loss of a loved one, a change in family dynamics through divorce or facing a disease that consumes our lives can scream hopelessness. “How will I overcome such grief, such pain” are words I’ve heard myself whisper. As the clock tics and time passes I’m able to see a difference from where I was compared to where I am. It’s encouraging to see progress. Progress is a meter for hope. Staying in the same place as when the initial hurt began is never good and sends a message that you might need to seek professional help to see there can be a future.

I don’t forget the loved ones I’ve loss, the hurt divorce causes a family or the illness that is consuming but I do allow these events in my life to transform how I think about the future. I know time can produce hope for the future, possibilities and love. Hope for good things to come, the potential to change the world and love for God, family and mankind.

Two thousand thirteen gave me hope, possibilities and love. Whatever God has in store for me in two thousand fourteen I pray I’ll remember that He can use time to change everything.

I hope your New Year is filled with possibilities,


4 thoughts on “LOOKING BACK AT 2013”

  1. Happy New Year Karen…. hoping the new year will bring answers, comfort and closure to those who need it and Justice for all. Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year.


    1. Happy New Year to you Robin! My verse last year was~

      II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

      This year I’m adding~

      Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

      May your 2014 be wonderful!


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