Wednesday, December 24, 2014

change hurts. change beautifies. // personal


To my dear [unknown] Readers, 

I snapped this photo the other day when the first snowfall of 2014 happened. It was steady, beautiful, and peaceful. There's just something about it...maybe something even magical. As I stood there watching, I felt the cold flakes fall on my face and melt in half a second. My nose was turning red and my hair whipped around me from the wind, but I didn't care. I stood there watching this scene, and remembered that just a few days ago I stood in this exact spot. But instead of snow, the sun shone brilliantly and a warm breeze blew the orange and red leaves across my feet. I remember closing my eyes and breathing in deeply, knowing that soon, snow and cold winds would come. Yet still it would be beautiful. 

As I continued to think of the passing seasons from Autumn into Winter, I naturally thought of the passing seasons in my own life and the change I felt deep down. The kind of change that is inevitable. The kind of change that sort of slaps you in the face and makes you really realize that time is so short, and so precious. 

I originally typed "this past week has been one of those weeks...", but I began to realize that this year has actually been one of those years. 

Here we are, Christmas eve 2014. 

2015 is just around the corner and so is a whole new year of adventures, of joys, of tears [both happy and sad], of new beginnings, of new stories, of new lives, of new chapters. I can't say this doesn't excite me, because it does. But I can't say I'm not terrified at the same time. 

I believe everyone has a sentimental side to them, whether they want to believe it or not. ;) More than any other time of the year I get most sentimental + reflective when I'm standing on the other side of the door to a whole new year. January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd comes and goes. The first week comes and goes just as quickly, and sure, nothing huge hits then. But when you're at the end of your year and are able to look back...you see things in a new light. You're able to see how you grew, how you learned, how you changed, and how wonderfully God worked every situation for the end purpose of your good and His ultimate glory. 

This post is meant to share my heart and to encourage my readers to reflect on the things I mentioned above. It's to encourage even myself to face head on any type of change you're dealing with in your own lives. The thing about change is that all to often we dread it, sometimes even ignore it. Yet what I'm slowly realizing is that change beautifies. Change sanctifies. Change throws us onto God's grace and helps us to see our own weakness. When change comes, we realize we can't face it alone, so we run to the One "who does not change like shifting shadows". [james 1:17] 

Whether your year is ending in joy or sadness, remember that to all those who believe in Jesus Christ, we. have. victory. We always have, and we always will. Thanks to Him to sent His only son to die on that cross for our sins. 

In order for us to realize the depth in the Christmas story, we must have a sense of our own sin. We're only able to see the vastness of Christ's love until we realize how much we don't deserve it. Every one of us will pass away, and in the end...every one of our knees will bow and every one of our tongues will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. [romans 14:11] Where will your heart be when that happens? 

I know I kinda skipped around on this post. But still I'd love to hear your thoughts, and I'd love to hear your heart. One of my business goals this new year is to connect with my readers and hear YOUR stories. Whoever you are, please don't be shy. :) 

So merry Christmas! And wishing you all a wonderful new year full of beautiful a d v e n t u r e s. 

Much love,

//sierra

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