Year of plenty

I am currently sitting in the frigid waiting room of the oral surgeon’s office where Stephen is getting three teeth extracted. The two hour long process requires my attendance, though I’d much rather be down the street at JC Penny or Sam Moon. Anyway, I’m hoping that I’ll have a good story to tell after Stephen wakes from the meds…

I had every intention of posting our Christmas photo and blogging about the highlights of 2013. Nearing the end of January, it’s seems a little overdue, so I think I’ll just share a bit about the major chapters that God has written into our story…
What a whirlwind of a year. I wish we had done a better job of documenting the adventures we had last year. The Lord showered us with many blessings, not all of them were comfortable, but blessings indeed. I think that might be my most treasured take away from 2013; the enjoyable AND the unpleasant are all blessing from the Lord. He has never actually given me what I truly deserve. Everything that He has given, allowed and put before us is at the core, an opportunity to glorify our God.
Early in the year the Lord blessed us with a new septic system that we paid not a cent for. The failed system seemed at first like such a monumental tragedy that we had no solution for. In the end, Glory be to God, the ONE who provides. And as we began 2013 with hope and confidence in trusting our provider… it was only a matter of time before we realized the gigantic theme that the Lord would weave into our year.
We are not in control. I like to think that I am from time to time, but the reality is that His sovereignty surpasses our attempts at “having things under control.” My most consistent prayer last year for myself, my family and others was that I/we would see the blessings He has for us, regardless of the appearance of our circumstances. You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you “Your face, Lord do I seek.” I had no idea how powerful that prayer would become.
There was the truck fiasco (which you can read about here), there were challenging moments with a young gal we had living with us for a while, trying dynamics within our community, all the stuff with the kids at school (which lead to the decision to homeschool again), the beginning of the process to go overseas (which obviously shifted the direction of our family), there was all that crazy spiritual stuff happening in our home (Bible verses erased form the white board in the middle of the night etc.), changes and trials within Stephen’s career, the symbolic reconciliation and emotional reunion with family that hadn’t been seen in years, the beginning of our involvement with DASH and having a family from Etruria live with us for a bit (which presented a plethora of cultural challenges and lessons for all of us)… all growing our faith and trust and understanding of God… Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead… all leading up to the fall…
When your greatest fears become reality, there are truly two directions you could go. And there were moments, moments of such pain that I could barely stand, barley breathe, my tears were dry and all that I could mutter were groans. The weight, the sorrow and fear, the doubt, it hovered over me and I understand; I understand how people never recover. I understand how a person might walk away.
By the grace of God, by His unfathomable mercy and incredible love, He drew me in. He drew us all. He reminded us of His promises and filled us with hope. The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? He had been drawing us closer throughout the year and in His perfect timing presented us with the thing that has changed us all forever. Unimaginable, unpleasant, uncomfortable, undesirable… but from the view we now have… unspeakable, yet I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel…
And He wasn’t done yet. Before the end of the year God brought several mentoring relationships into our family to help with processing and healing and growth, our favorite and adored nanny moved down from Iowa to rejoin the family (bringing with her, in perfect timing, peace and familiarity), God blessed me/us with a couple of rare souls to live life with (who bore our burdens, wept at my side, prayed relentlessly and rejoiced with such faith), Stephen and I went through Steps and experienced an incredible season of perception, redemption and recovery. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – in his own way;… …yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
And as the year wrapped up… We are headed in a new direction. We don’t know exactly where that is or what 2014 will look like for us. But we know that God is growing us… and almost symbolically, just before the calendar closed… a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I'm a Parenting and Childbirth Educator, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and working toward certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

One thought on “Year of plenty

  1. How did Stephen's procedure go? Boy, having three teeth extracted at the same time is no joke. I wish he recovered more quickly than expected! Whew, your 2013 sure has been a rollercoaster of events that tested you and your family. I'm glad that you persevered through all of these adversities. Thanks for sharing! Javier Portocarrero

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