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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Resilience Through a Window: One Year

Hi! Happy 2018!  So much has been happening and I haven't made time to post on the blog (brace yourselves, there may be a deluge of posts and thoughts in the next few weeks).

| I wrote this post the beginning of January.  However, we were traveling and I didn't have time to figure out uploading all my pictures into video.  After spending the better part of two days wrestling with technology, I decided to just post a few pictures from the year and figure out the video as a treat later. Enjoy! |

I can hardly believe that it has been a year since I started taking pictures through my bedroom window (almost) every day.


For those of you who missed it, you can read that post here.


It was a fun project. I might keep doing it. I might change it a little bit.  Either way, there's something pretty wonderful in choosing to discipline yourself to do a small thing every day for a whole year.  I did forget occasionally, and sometimes I just took the picture to take the picture, but mostly it became a part of my daily routine.


Over the past year, we intentionally spent weeks at a time studying and contemplating and looking for each of the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control for those of you who don't remember).


Each morning, as I looked out the window, I saw pretty much the same scene.  However, over the year, I began to be more aware of the almost imperceptible changes in the seasons.  I started to feel more connected to a sense of the rhythm of the seasons and the life that is lived in seasons.  And it was interesting to see how taking that simple picture every morning facilitated a deeper understanding of the Spirit's work in my life and heart.


We realized how these character traits take time to develop in us, that we don't become patient overnight, that we may experience a season of joy or kindness followed by a season of seeming inability to find joy or kindness anywhere around us.  We had to admit that even though we may think we want the Spirit to change us and transform us, we honestly weren't terribly active in facilitating that work in ourselves.


So what do you know? This small task I took on to actively work against anxiety turned out to reinforce the concepts of change and transformation that we studied throughout the year.


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Jojo!! I love seeing how God meets us in the midst of our obedience & in the middle of our crazy - he never fails. Thank you for your words! ❤️