You might have read some of my “What I Learned” posts here recently. I enjoy linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, reflecting back on what big and small things I’ve learned each month, and reading what others are learning in their lives, as well.
This month, Emily is encouraging us to look not just at December, but at what we learned throughout the year 2015. We’re breaking it up into four categories: Habits & Rhythms, Finds & Favorites, Work & Ministry, and Soul & Spirit. If you’d like to join in, that’s great! Be sure and leave a comment here so I can come and read what you’ve learned!
What I Learned in 2015
Habits & Rhythms
* Weekly meal planning makes the week go more smoothly. No more 5pm trying to decide what to cook – it’s all on a dry-erase board on the fridge. Knowing what I’m going to cook for the week makes grocery shopping a bit simpler, too!
* Travel, change, adaptability, and suitcase-living has become a way of life. We are so transient in this season – one home in the summer, another in the winter, back and forth on the weekends, lots of traveling. It’s a great season, though it definitely requires flexibility and patience! But we are enjoying it, and learning to live more simply because of it.
Finds & Favorites
* The board game Carcassonne. We just discovered this little wonder last week. It’s somewhat similar to Settlers of Catan, but WAY better (in my opinion)! Just the perfect combination of chance and strategy.
* The phone app Cord is a fun way to chat with friends and family. Record a 12-second-or-less voice message, then send it off like a text. It’s quick and easy like texting, but you get to actually hear your loved ones’ voices!
* I actually enjoy comedic sitcoms on TV. For a while there, I thought crime shows (think Bones, NCIS, etc) were the only genre of television I liked, but since Brett doesn’t like crime shows, we’ve had to find something we both enjoy watching. It’s nice to have something funny and light-hearted to enjoy while unwinding in the evenings.
* Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, by Sara Hagerty. I’m serious, ladies; this book was life-altering for me. A friend gave it to me after my miscarriage, and it was perfect timing. Sara challenges her readers to pursue a deep communion with God while waiting on His perfect timing in every area of life.
Work & Ministry
* Just because I can work from home instead of going to the office, doesn’t mean I should. I realize in hindsight that I kept myself fairly isolated during the summer camp season this year. My new position in communications made it easy to stay in the apartment and do most of my work from there, but it wasn’t the healthiest choice on my part. This next camp season, I plan to spend more time working in the camp office with the other administrative ladies.
* Blogging. Starting this blog at Be Still Waiting Heart has been a good new thing – as well as a learning experience – this year. I want to see it grow and become a better ministry to other women. For now, it’s an exercise in patience and diligence, continuing to write and share my heart while the readership slowly grows.
* Trials bring great ministry opportunities. I’ve experienced this more this year than ever before. From the challenges of a new marriage to the loss of a baby, the things we’ve experienced this year have opened wide doors for conversation and encouragement to others.
Soul & Spirit
* Trust, trust, trust. The future is out of my hands, and that has been as clear this year as it’s ever been. God just keeps on reminding me that He holds my tomorrows, and all I can do is trust Him.
* Everything in life comes down to the two Greatest Commandments: Love God and love others. We can weigh every choice by this criteria. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.
As we say farewell to 2015 and welcome 2016, why not take a few moments to look back and see what God has taught you, what things you’ve discovered, and what were the highlights of the year for you? What good things will you carry from this year into the next? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
Happy New Year!