Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hello 2014!

2014 is going to be a good year!  Why you might ask?  Because I got the almond.  Haha.  It's Swedish tradition at Christmastime to have rice pudding for dessert and in the pudding is a single almond.  Whoever gets the almond will have good luck for the following year.  I have never once gotten the almond.  Well, this year, I did!  :)  Hooray!

But beyond that, I know that God is good and he will bless this year as he has blessed me in every other year.  While 2013 was a year of many trials, I have hope that 2014 will be a year of joy.  I'm not saying there won't be trials, in fact -- there already have been -- but I'm counting on God to bring joy despite those trials.  For it says in James: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)

I have hope that God will use the trials in my life to develop and mature my faith.  Right now I'm struggling with lack of hours at work, so I'm in the process of looking for a second job (if any of you know of any establishment looking for workers for the morning, let me know!).  I know that God will take care of me; I am his daughter and he loves and me.

 On another note, birthday week is almost upon us.  My brother and sister-in-laws birthdays are the 13th, my mom's is the 15th and mine is the 17th.  I can't wait to turn 26!  *eye roll*  This means I'm over the hump on my way to 30.  When I think of thirty, I always think of the movie 13 Going on 30 and the line "thirty flirty and thriving."  Haha.  But anyway.  Life is and will be good regardless of my age.  :)

Anywho - thanks for stopping by.  Much love to you all.