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Climbing Mountains and Looking Back

The past few weeks have been very busy for me, so inevitably, some things got pushed aside, like writing my weekly blog post. But I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile. I’ve gotten the chance to climb, or see, several great views from a mountain top in the past month. And it reminded me of something that happens throughout our lives.

When you start climbing a mountain, it’s hard to know how far it is to the top. You don’t know how long it will take, how steep it will get, or how many breaks you will need along the way. But as you get closer, you don’t want to turn back. You think of all the miles you’ve come so far, all the pristine views you’ve already seen, and you just want to see what it’s actually like on the top. And it helps when someone coming the other direction tells you it’s worth it, and encourages you to keep going.

Well I think life can be like that sometimes. We all go through seasons in life when everything is just hard, and sometimes you just feel like giving up. It may be illnesses, job loss, uncertainly, changes, inconveniences, or a number of other things. But it’s hard, no matter what it is and it can seem like there’s not a point to it all. But when you choose to trust Jesus, that He is working in all of the circumstances and He is taking you to a better place, you keep going. You persevere.

It may take weeks, or months or years. But one day you’ll get to look back on all that’s happened and see that God was doing something amazing. And even though it was hard and you felt like giving up, you can see that it was worth it. It’s like how it feels when you finally get to the top of a mountain. You can see some of the challenges you faced on the way up but you also get this amazing view that you couldn’t get from the bottom. And all those hours of climbing feel worth it.

The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is a good opportunity to stop and try to look back. You may not feel like everything’s great and you are on the mountaintop. But it’s good to stop and think about where you are, and where you were when the year started. What have you seen God do in the past year? What are you grateful for?

I got to do a lot of traveling this past year, which I’m grateful for. I got to see literal mountaintops and spend time with friends and family. But I also went through some hardships. Life isn’t easy, and there are days that just suck. But those hardships showed me how God will take care of me and how He’s placed people in my life to help and encourage me. I know God was using those hard times to grow me and He has a purpose for them and for me. And I’m looking forward to where He’ll take me in the new year.

So anyway, here are a few pictures from my mountaintops from the past year. I hope they remind you to persevere and keep going today, trusting that God is going to get you where He wants you, and it will be worth it. Happy New Year!

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2014 and Change

New Year'S Day, New Year'S Eve, Sylvester, Fireworks

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As this year is coming to a close and 2015 is fast approaching, I have been thinking back over this past year and what all has happened in my life. I think we all tend to do that around this time of year. I’ve already seen YouTube videos posted on this past year’s popular songs, and news blunders, and I’m sure that there are hundreds of other videos describing what has happened this year.

It’s been a year of change for me. I don’t feel as if I have gone through a drastic change myself. I’m still the same person. But I’ve seen big changes in the lives of the people close to me, and their changes have affected me.¬†This year I got to stand as a maid of honor by my best friend’s side as she got married, I also went to three funerals/memorials for people that passed away, visited friends in the hospital after new babies were born and also when someone had a surprising health problem, and I got to be in another wedding as my brother married my now sister-in-law. So I’ve lost and gained people and relationships and basically gone through a lot of changes.

And these changes won’t ever stop. I’m sure this next year will bring new challenges, changes, and unexpected realities. But it’s comforting for me to know that in this changing world my eternity is secure. It doesn’t change. I know where I’m going, no matter when I get there. I know who I am, and even if my current circumstances change and my position or relationships on this earth change, my eternal reality is set in stone. I am a child of the King, and into His loving arms one day I will run. And knowing Him is the best thing about my life now, and for eternity.

I don’t know what changes you’ve gone through this year, good or bad, difficult or exciting, but the one decision that has changed my life the most is entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That decision has continued to shape and change me, and it will continue to do so in 2015. So if you’ve never made that decision, I’d encourage you to think about it. As I told a friend earlier this year, “Choosing to follow Jesus isn’t something you should do on a whim. It takes commitment. He asks you to die to self and follow His will instead of your own. It isn’t easy, but it is good.”

Well I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Feel free to leave a comment if you like.

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