The Year That Was

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When I was growing up New Years Eve was always spent at my Grandma and Grandad’s house with my mums whole family. We had a cricket match that we played in one of Grandads paddocks then we would head back to their place for a BBQ and to see the New Year in. Sometimes Grandad would even have his own fireworks show. It was always my favourite night of the year. There was always so much excitement that filled the place. Party poppers. Sparklers. Talking about the grade we were now in at school. I have so many fond memories.

Now that I’m older, I still love New Years Eve even though we no longer spend it at Grandma and Grandad’s. What I love about the new year now is thinking of the possibility of what’s to come. What are my goals for 2015? Where do I want to be at the end of 2015? What am I going to take from 2014? What am I going to grow in and learn from the previous year? Did I achieve my goals for 2014? There are so many questions. One of my favourite things about a new year is that people see it as a chance to try something new, to better themselves, to go on a journey. I find that people don’t want to make the same mistakes as the previous year so they use January 1 as the building block to do things even better than the year before.

2014 for me has seen two family weddings where I gained two sister-in-laws. It has seen me reach my goal of being debt free. It has seen me grow in praise and honour and kindness (things I’ll forever being growing in). It has seen my best friend get engaged too! 2014 has seen some sad times too. My younger sister moved interstate which to be honest, broke my heart a little. I’d never had someone so close to me move away before. Even in the last few months of the year there has been loss that has affected the people that I love most.

Through every good and bad, high and low, happy and sad moment that has been in the last 365 days, God has always been faithful. He has always answered when I’ve called. He’s protected, He’s lavished love, He’s shown up and to me, that is what defines a good year.

To finish, below is something that my mum wrote for the school newsletter where she’s the chaplain. I think it’s beautiful. It sums it up perfectly.

Believing your 2015 will far exceed any expectation you have. Believing you’ll be blown away by God’s kindness and love through every situation in the coming year.

“Beginnings and endings are inevitable and, ultimately, all serve a purpose. If we allow it, they bring about greater depth of character, promise, growth, achievement and possibilities. This is not to say that there is not struggle, suffering or pain; in no way do I intend to minimalise the depth of feelings we experience during these times. But, whatever your beginnings and endings have been this past year and as we approach the end of 2014, I trust and pray in it all you will experience the love, peace, grace, comfort, courage and presence of God.” – Annie King

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