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Looking Back to Move Forward

By December 31, 2014June 24th, 2019No Comments
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As I reflect back on 2014, one word stands out to me. Challenge.

  1. Built an addition to our house and now have multi-generational living which is not a big deal in any other culture other than here in the USA
  2. Moved from full-time work to independent contractor work
  3. Began work with a business coach
  4. Started a blog for the first time which also meant publishing my own writing through this venue
  5. Dealt with several personal growth issues

Challenges. All good.

But there’s another word that jumps out as well. Opportunity.

  1. Began living in a multi-generational home
  2. Trip to one of my all-time dream locations
  3. Started a blog
  4. Began work with a business coach
  5. Dealt with several personal growth issues
  6. Moved to independent contract work

You’ll notice that these lists are almost the same.

Challenges provide us with opportunities if we so choose.

Opportunities allow us to grow, to expand our knowledge, to improve, to experience a dream. Or, if we choose, the challenge will cause us to stumble, to get stuck, to shrink back.

In 2014 each challenge stretched me, sometimes to the point of breaking. Yet, thankfully, in each challenge, my heavenly Father provided His strength and wisdom to take the next step.

And, I’m thankful.

I learned that:

  • When I am weak, then I am strong through Christ  (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)
  • I can do all things through Christ  (Philippians 4:13)
  • Each day has something extraordinary tucked in it
  • Perfection isn’t my goal
  • Good enough is good enough
  • Facing challenges (fears) is better than running from them
  • I have much to learn and learning is very good

So, as I look forward to 2015, there are challenges AND opportunities ahead. And I’m thankful.

I’m thankful that:

  • My Heavenly Father is with me every step of the way
  • My sweet husband is with me every step of the way
  • Pain doesn’t mean debilitation
  • Every day I’m given is an extraordinary day
  • I only need to take the next step
  • Each challenge provides an opportunity to learn and grow

I’m still working on my goals for 2015. One of them is to face down and deal with an emotional issue I’ve refused to face. But, dealing with the acute pain of this issue will result in great dividends. I know that now.

As you set your 2015 goals, or resolutions if you prefer to call them that, join me in seeing your challenges as opportunities.

Happy New Year! May it be filled to overflowing with extraordinary moments that take our breath away.


  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.

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