Happy New Year, all! 2015 is upon us, new beginnings, exciting ideas, fresh inspiration, lofty goals and renewed motivation! Here we are, ready to pursue, push, reach and rush to accomplish our “better” life.

Awesome! Yes. Do it! But…

Freeze! Yes, you. Stop. Step on the break! Before we get right back to the busyness we continually create for ourselves, be still and take some time to look backward instead of forward.

Clovis is definitely crazy for weather. That’s the desert, right?! Just a few weeks ago, it was in the sixties now it is in the single digits and easily falling below zero with our lovely wind (sarcasm implied). We experience very harsh conditions and extremes here. The last couple of days have been no exception, very cold with some moisture, snow, ice and frost. This has caused some power outages, people to change their plans, vehicles not to start, an increase in sickness, discomfort physically and also some really beautiful sights!

God’s creation is absolutely captivating, causing us to stop and worship in awe of what He has done, even those that do not profess to follow Him.

As I have gone from place to place around town the last few days, freezing my tail off, (side note: I HATE cold weather. Give me eighty degrees and I’m happy!) I cant help but appreciate and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. The stage that could not have been set without the plan of the director using the harshness of the cold.

“The beauty created by the harsh conditions.” Hmmm. God had me thinking of all of the harsh conditions in my life this past year: extreme changes with a lot of valleys and mountains, wind and storms, darkness and light. All of these were difficult and yet all necessary to create beauty. Not that I know what that beauty is, but knowing that is what He is creating in me so that by my life people will be in awe and worship HIM by seeing the beauty He is capable of creating from those harsh conditions!

Think back on your year, not with regret of the past and don’t allow regret to be what motivates your future. Look back with thankfulness at the beauty created. Then, “let it go.”



To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

Isaiah 61:3

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