Speaks To Me Sunday #73

1 Jan

#Hello2017 

I am a girl who maps out situations and stories. When I make plans about the future, I vividly imagine how things will turn out. What I will say, how others will respond, where we will be, how the whole scene plays out right down to the happy ending. It’s the way my mind works. It can be fun, but it can also be heartbreaking when things don’t go as planned. Especially when some of my plans are actually desires that I don’t have total control over. My stories get sunk, and I am left feeling disappointed, desperately trying to write a new one. 

January 1st, 2017 has not played out how I envisioned. I have spent some time today feeling defeated. I wanted a grand start to this new year! Wouldn’t that be a story to tell?! Well, it’s not my story today. 

And I felt bereft. Like something was taken from me. 

I was still feeling down when I got home from work, and I found a present from the sweetest husband in the world. (This is the second year in a row he has surprised me with a New Year gift… I’m liking this tradition. 😉 Thank you, Babe!) He reminded me that it’s not too late to start 2017 in the right way. (In fact, it’s never too late to start again, in my opinion.)

And truthfully… 

 Maybe the problem isn’t with the story. Maybe it’s me that needs a little change. Maybe I need to let go of my imaginary pen. Maybe I need to let the moments come as they may. Maybe I need to live in them. Maybe I need to trust that God, the most incredible author of all, will write my story… the same way he has for the last 28 years. Maybe I need to say YES to that. 

So, this year I am saying YES…

To living in the moment

To embracing the unexpected

To new adventures

To listening more completely

To releasing what I cannot control 

To loving others better

To being grateful for the wonderful story of my life, written by the creator of all things. 
What are you saying YES to this year?!

Side note: I have yet to read the book, but I’m feeling inspired by it already. I’ll let you know how it is! I love me some Shonda Rhimes. ❤ 

#SpeaksToMeSunday 

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2 Responses to “Speaks To Me Sunday #73”

  1. Tori January 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    I can relate to a lot of these feelings, for sure. The plans I made for 2016 definitely did not pan out, largely due to factors beyond my control, but I hope 2017 will be far better. This year, I’m saying yes to putting full trust in God, which I do struggle with sometimes, as well as embracing risks and stepping out of my comfort zone.

    • Joanna Hackman January 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      I love that! I feel like we are totally on the same page with our plans for 2017. It’s hard to remember that sometimes the things we want are desires… what we want but have little control over. I am just going to focus on doing my part, and trust that God will handle the rest. I know His plan and timing are far better than what I would create for myself. Here we go, 2017!!

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