Time to exhale

This past year was a year full of challenges. We stumbled and fumbled through 2005. And 2006 was a year for picking up pieces.

We started the year on our knees – looking upwards. I’m sure we could have gone lower, and would have, if the Lord had ordained it.

But I learned so many things from this year of trials. Things that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. A lot of the lessons were merely completing thoughts and feelings that I was beginning to wrap my brain around, but still hadn’t resolved in my heart.

For instance:

I “knew” that material things shouldn’t be something I made a priority. But getting that from head to the heart is easier said than done.

So the Lord took away our possessions.

I “knew” that the Lord wanted us to reach out to others more readily. But I still managed to look the other way.

So the Lord put people in our lives that needed us.

I “knew” that the Lord would walk with us through any fire. But I was quick to try to rely soley on myself.

So the Lord made sure that I had no where else to turn but to Him.

Was it worth it? yes
Would I wish the same upon anyone? only if the end result was a closer walk with the Lord.

I’ve learned that the Lord is sufficient.


It doesn’t matter the size of my home… my car… what clothes are in my wardrobe… where I went to school…

All that matters is that I seek Him more each day.

And for that lesson learned, I am grateful for 2006.
Happy New Year to each and everyone of you who stop by my tiny corner of the world.



  1. http://Barb says

    Happy New Year to you, too, Karla. I hope it’s full of blessings for you.

    I love this verse.

  2. Stopping in to wish you and your family many blessings for the new year! Love the new look!

  3. http://~Telah says

    Great post! I have lots to be thankful for in 2006. And I have a lot of goals for 2007. Hope you have a great start of the New Year!

  4. http://Heather says

    Great post Karla! I read it thinking…Wow! How powerful!! Thank you for opening my eyes and helping me to refocus on what is truly important! Hope 2007 is full of blessings for you and your family!

  5. http://~Telah says

    Even better now that I have read the whole thing…LOL!

  6. http://Big%20Mama says

    Beautifully said, Karla. I know I am so guilty of losing sight of what is really important. That needs to be my focus for 2007.

  7. http://Ruth says

    mmmm, amen! so glad to meet you karla! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well.

    SHALOM sister.

  8. http://Nicole says

    I am so glad that you could be blessed through so many trials. Happy New Year!

  9. http://Air%20Force%20Family says

    Loved your post! Happy New Year! Your new look is awesome!

  10. http://Lynds says

    Wonderful post! I feel the same for how 2006 went for us. Happy New Year!

  11. http://The%20Flip%20Flop%20Mamma! says

    Great post. These are some hard lessons to have learned…but make great testamonies for others who need to hear them. Happy New Year!

  12. http://Staci says

    Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

    Happy New Year Karla!

  13. http://Jen says

    This was absolutely beautiful…..I enjoyed it so much,..

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