January 2, 2014

Best of 2013: The Posts

I'm snuggled up with a blanket and staying warm near our little electric fireplace as "Winter Storm Hercules" begins his crawl into Northern Virginia. Snow is falling out my window… so beautiful and peaceful and lovely. My children went back to school today but not a one of us would mind if school gets cancelled tomorrow. Oh how we love a snow day! And a long three day weekend is always welcome too, even when we've just had almost two weeks off for Christmas vacation.

It's January 2nd and we're off with a bang into 2014… a new year full of promise and potential.  I'm curious and excited to see all that God has in store and I'm sensing good things… really good things.  I'm looking ahead with hope and prayer, but still taking time to reflect on the past year and savor all that I learned and experienced.

Several of the blogs I follow have been doing "Best Of 2013" posts and I thought it would be fun to join in.  It's always good for my heart to look back and remember.  So, without further ado, I give you a retrospective of my year in blogging…  my top ten most read posts.

This might be one of my most vulnerable posts this year.  It took me hours and hours to write… so hard to put to words what was on my heart. I almost hit delete on this one and yet it ended up being my most read post of 2013. Clearly, God was up to something. 

This post was inspired by a homeless man we met on the streets of Washington, DC on Thanksgiving Day. God used that poor, dear man to make me all the more aware of my own poverty 
and of how much I desperately need Jesus.

A post inspired by my girl… her cute, quirky ways and the funny things she says. It's astounding how often God uses my children to speak to me, to heal my heart, and teach me more about myself and him. He so gently and beautifully parents me as I parent them.

Oh how God continues to draw me up and call me out and challenge me to walk in the authority and strength he's given me. I found more courage in 2013 than I had in 2012 and I hope and pray
for the grace to be even braver in 2014.

This post was inspired by an adorable video I discovered on YouTube and an even cuter little girl. It's proof that out of the mouths of babes comes great wisdom.

Written just days before we moved into our new home, these were my thoughts on the then craziness of our lives. All these months later, I smile as I look back at that time,
glad that the move is behind us and grateful for how far we've come.

 My very first post in the series "What I'm Listening To" and one that's near to my heart since it's about our children… how they fill our home with song and put our lives to music. It's also about how God uses music to speak to my heart and draw me near to him.

I originally wrote this post in the summer of 2012 but sensed I should revisit it, linger in its words for a bit, and post it again. It's funny how God often takes me back to my own writing to teach me and remind me of what's true. I should probably read this post at least once a week.

A post about grace being the standard and not perfection… about going easy on myself and not demanding and insisting that I be everything. These have been encouraging and helpful words along the journey of becoming.

One of my favorite posts because it's brutally honest and real and a bit embarrassing as well. Oh that my words would be sweet like honey each and every moment of the day!
Jesus in me, help me with this...

Looking back, it's been a wonderful, heart-wrenching, life-stretching, enjoyable year of writing. I can hardly believe I'm entering my third year of blogging. I'm so grateful for this space to chronicle my journey, write my story, and spill out and process the many things God continues to teach me and craft in my heart. Thanks for taking the time to read, for hearing my heart, for your comments and encouragement. This can sometimes be a quiet place where I wonder if I'm making any sense and wonder what my voice truly sounds like to you, my readers. Your kind words inspire me and encourage me to keep at it. I'm grateful. I'm looking forward to another year of writing and I'm anxious to see what God continues to do with the words he gives me. This space, this blog, is all his and it's my deepest desire that he would use it for his glory and to touch the hearts of others.



  1. Hi there!!! Hopping on over from Instagram! So thrilled to find your beautiful space here. : )
    I blog too!
    Have a cozy Friday. : )

    1. I'm so happy you found my space here, Billie Jo, and I'm glad to know you're a fellow blogger too! I enjoy following you on Instagram and will love reading your blog as well. Enjoy your tea today and stay warm! Hugs…

  2. I am so happy that you did your best of 2013! I can't wait to sip on some tea and catch up on your beautiful posts! Thanks for linking up to us with our weekend lovelies! You're the best, Jenny! So glad that we crossed paths and have become IG BFF's! :)) xoxo, Sara

    1. Me too, Sara, me too... I love how God crafts friendship so beautifully and mysteriously. You're a precious friend! Much love to you and your beautiful family! XO

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