Looking Back in Order to Move Forward

Hi there and welcome back!

Today’s post is a little more personal but hopefully relatable. I hope this encourages you to reflect on your life.

Last year I shared on my blog what the Lord had spoken to me about prosperity and the significance of that in my life. Walking into this year I wasn’t really seeking God on a “word” for my life, but just because I wasn’t looking didn’t mean He wouldn’t show up.

I was visiting a local church one Sunday because a co-worker invited me; I really wasn’t in a “church” mood, but I knew I needed some encouragement so I went. This was towards the end of January so I figured I’d missed all the sermons on New Year’s “resolutions” and determining “your word” for 2019; but I’ve learned – just as I am sure anyone who walks with the Lord does – you can’t run from God and He will always meet you where you are.

The pastor recommended we create a vision board for how we want our lives and relationship with God to look at the end of the year. As I was taking notes during this sermon the words “build” and “re-commit” came to me; I knew this was not just for me but for my husband as well. Feeling uplifted, encouraged and hopeful I came home and created our family “vision board”. I’d never created one of these before but I had in mind what I wanted it to look like.

I began to study and search for scriptures that supported the words spoken to me. img_9926

As I got further into my study I realized there were specific areas of our lives that needed building and strengthening. So I added an extension with areas to focus on throughout the year.

And just as there were areas of focus on building, there were specific areas we wanted to focus on re-commitment.img_9927

So here we are in October… and as of lately I’ve been feeling discouraged and definitely struggling while our lives are in transition. I decided to revisit our family vision board and reflect on the good things that have happened and what I’ve accomplished this year.

I realize that building takes time. One of our main focuses has been to build a solid foundation of faith for our family knowing that we wanted kids early on. I am grateful that we without a doubt agree that Christ is the only foundation upon which we should build our family. Along with this is acknowledging that we have to live out this truth every day; committing to a consistently honest and open relationship with Christ. We can’t preach to our children one thing and then turn around and live another. There are many things that I’m intolerant of but hypocrisy is definitely at the top of the list.

Another specific focus this year was recommitting to past dreams and goals. I started this blog in 2017. I knew then that I should be writing but I couldn’t quite find the courage nor the endurance to stick with it. I am very happy to be writing again and proud of myself for sticking to it. Again, I hope that this blog offers encouragement and self-reflection; but this is also an outlet for me.

Overall I can see a significant change in our lives now in comparison to the beginning of the year. Obviously, with a child due in 4 weeks and the changes that come about with pregnancy a lot of our perspective has changed.

I’m glad that I took the time and looked back on this to see how far we’ve come. There’s always room for improvement and advancement and the year is not over yet! I’m still praying for growth in family relationships and continuing to pray for prosperity throughout our lives.


Let’s Chat: What word from the Lord are you holding onto? What steps have you taken to live that out?

Until next time…


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3 thoughts on “Looking Back in Order to Move Forward

  1. God has always shown me that He would be there for me & protect me. Even as a little child, He was there. I didn’t realize it at the time.
    God is faithful!

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