2012 was truly a year of joy. It wasn’t easy-breesy or without sadness, but throughout the tapestry of events and emotions, I truly had a deep and constant sense of joy that I haven’t known before. This joy was a resolute knowledge based in my understanding of a good God and in thankfulness for His presence with me in the midst of everyday, in the midst of loss, and in the midst of goodness.
In January, I started a job after months and months of searching and waiting and talking out my trust issues with God. I found joy in answered prayer, provision, and a sense of calling.
In February, Adam and I moved out of my sister and brother-in-laws house into our little house in the ghetto. I found joy in being able to host small group, friends from out of town, and friends in town. I found joy in hospitality.
In May, our little house in the ghetto was robbed. In the midst of the mess of robbery, I found joy in the knowledge that my God is my Protector and my Provider. I found joy in knowing that things are things, joy that neither of us were harmed, and joy that life went on mostly as normal.
Also in May, I took a summer job at my Church in their local missions department. I spent the summer coordinating volunteers, planning service projects, and dreaming big about how our Church can effectively serve our community. This summer I found deep joy in my vocation.
In June, I said goodbye to my grandfather who went to be with Jesus after battling cancer. I found joy in God’s comfort, and joy in the knowledge that he was with His Jesus.
In July, I celebrated 8 years of marriage with Adam. I daily find great joy in our community, our teamwork, our service, and our love.
In August, my grandmother came down to visit my sister and I and fell. I got to spend amazing, priceless time with her for three months while she rehabbed to the point of being able to travel home. I found joy in learning from the wisdom of another.
In December, I turned 30. I’m finding joy in being more comfortable with me.
Also in December, we bought our first home. I have been so busy moving I haven’t had time to write about it, but don’t worry, that post is coming soon in 2013. Through this little house, I have found great joy in accepting God’s blessings.
Throughout the year, I found joy in hanging out with the college students at my church. I found joy in feeding them, having coffee with them, listening to them, and watching them grow.
I found joy in writing this year as I shared some of the things dearest to me. I wrote a letter to my female Christ Followers and to my mom friends. And some friends and I wrote letters to the Church. I also wrote about healthcare and taxes and Christ-followers and I even got an article published.
This year, I continued to find joy in community. I’m never at a shortage for a listening ear or a dinner mate or a challenging conversation. I know this is rare, and I am deeply grateful for the gifts of friendship that bring me such joy.
This year, as in years passed, I have found deep joy in working. I love contributing to my family and my world through my work. I find great joy in knowing my calling and seeing my gifts and passions work together to do good in the world.
2012 has been a beautiful and joy-filled year. I look forward to a new start and a new tomorrow with 2013.
What characterized 2012 for you?
Could you sum it up in one word or one theme?
Happy New Year, friends!