Friday, January 1, 2010

Just Like Everyone Else...

I'm bad at reflecting back sometimes. I'm very good at forgetting lessons I've learned. But this past year has been a big year for The Parsonage Family...and one of huge change for me spiritually.

I so don't want God to let me forget.

  • Started my first Beth Moore Bible Study in 2009. Now into my 2nd one. God has used her tremendously to help me get into His Word and understand it better. I've been so blessed by the annointing He's placed upon her.
  • Friendships grew and deepened. I may not get to see some of you often, or ever, but your presence in my life encourages me. For those I do get to see often, thank you for putting up with me.
  • I trained for a 1/2 marathon. Something I never thought I could do. Turns out, I was RIGHT! But with His strength, and kick in the butt every now and then I ran distances I never thought possible. I learned spiritual lessons through physical ones. I'm hoping 2010 has more of that in store...because otherwise my clothes may never fit again.
  • Saw my oldest son, Noah, desire to be baptized. Saw my husband get to do the honor. Realized that, more than anything, I want my boys to grow up to be men of faith...just like their daddy.
  • Decided to host an exchange student. Preparing for Julie, and having her here has been a once in a lifetime experience for us.
  • Watched friends and family suffer tremendous loss of loved ones. A good friend's son diagnosed with cancer. Watching them press on, one day at a time...fighting the good fight.
  • Unexpected blessing of finding out our family was going to grow by one more. Barfing and sickness for 18 weeks. Choroid Plexus Cyst...and the disappearance of of a healthy baby.
  • Torturing others with the "secret" of the baby's gender. A growing belly, pants that won't stay up, and the amazing feeling of that sweet little baby kicking around in there.
  • Unexpected expenses, car repairs and stuff. Wondering how it would all work out...and seeing God work it all out. Blessed.
  • Learning and adjusting to parenting as the boys get older. Trying to deal with heart issues, school issues, brother issues. Loving them more than they'll ever know.
  • Watching a ridiculous amount of football.
  • So much other stuff.
As I start this new year today, I plan on cleaning. my. butt. off. Something about January makes me want to organize EVERYTHING. This phase will end. It always does.

But while I'm cleaning, there's one thing that I just can't get out of my head...

What is too big for God?

Nothing that 2010 holds will take Him by surprise. And nothing nothing nothing is too big for Him to handle. Not even me.

With God by my side, bring on what He has in store for 2010.


  1. Simply love that last sentence! Happy New Year to you! :)

  2. I too am in the "lets get this house clean, clean, clean" mood. I guess it is time for all of the toys to be where they belong - in each child's room . . . not in the middle of the floor in every room that I walk. Little boys just don't get "Clean YOUR Room." So, this next few days will be interesting as we as a family tackle each room . . . one by one!

  3. Good stuff, Sarah! Praising God together with you about the healthy baby news! I too am looking forward to what God has in store for 2010.

  4. Yeah, when I put away all the Christmas stuff it makes me want to just run a bulldozer thruogh our house!

    Happy New Year!

  5. Yes, bring it on! No matter what comes we can know the peace and security of resting in the goodness and grace of our sovereign God!

    Happy New Year, friend!

  6. We know we're in for big changes in 2010, but I'm trusting in the Lord to bring us through!

    Still rejoicing over the baby news!

  7. Agreed. BRING IT ON.

    I am in super cleaning mode too. I'm hoping it lasts until I at least get everything done. :)

    Still rejoicing for you over the baby and the disappearance of the cyst!

  8. I'm with you on the cleaning thing. Yesterday morning I was a mad woman taking down all the Christmas decor and cleaning. I think I'm ready for spring now... all this snow being tracked in the house is driving me nuts.

    Today I just could not stop thinking that 2010 sounds like the title to a movie or a soundtrack or something. I'm believing it's gonna be a good year!

  9. I Love the ending of this post...God already knows, and nothing suprises Him! So true...and a GREAT way to look into starting 2010! Sweet blessings!

  10. Happy 2010! So good to see you guys this weekend!!

  11. I found your blog through Heather's Hodgepodge. I've enjoyed looking around and reading your heart-thoughs. I'm sure to be back. :-)

  12. You are right, 2010...He's already there. Wonderful reflections Sarah.


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