As I reflect on last year, I am asking myself if I lived life to the absolute fullest? Did I love well? Was I a good steward of my time? Did I do the things God wanted me to do? Only I know the answers in my heart but I can say that I would love to grow more in these areas in 2012.
Each year we are given a gift....a fresh start! What are we going to do with it? We only have one life to live....are we living it with purpose? Are we pursuing the dreams that God has placed in our hearts? I feel that 2012 will be a year of "doing" for me. What I mean by that is...there are SO many dreams and desires that God has placed in my heart and 2012 I just need to step out and well, DO THEM! Why do we complicate it? I am thinking of the NIKE slogan---JUST DO IT!
I find myself wasting so much time just thinking about all the things I want to do for God...how much could I have accomplished with the time I wasted thinking??! So, my New Years resolution is to step out and do it. Dive in and take a leap of faith....run hard after the desires and dreams God has given me for my life. I am filled with great joy and anticipation today as I reflect on 2011 and all that God did and as I look to the future.
2011 was an incredible year for Chris and I as enjoyed our first year of being married. I will always cherish this year when I think of all of the "firsts" we experienced together. We grew and learned SO much in our relationship and our love for each other has grown even more :)
Some of my highlights for 2011 would be:
-Going on our first missions trip together as husband and wife. As most of you know, we have a heart for the Nations and this trip was so strategic and special for us a couple. I will cherish the memories always. We went to Guatemala , btw :)
-God speaking to our hearts individually (then coming together and realizing it!) about adoption and a very specific thing regarding that. To be continued ;)
-Starting our own business! We are now the proud owners of "Unity Cleaning Services" here in Bradenton, Florida! God has given us a huge vision for this company and it is our desire to build this company to support our calling for missions. SO EXCITING!
-Learning to walk through the hard times together....we have walked through a few very difficult situations with our families this year and just learning to be each other's "rock" was a very beautiful thing!
-Going on spontaneous getaways together....we have been blessed to go to Orlando a few times, and also to Clearwater Beach & Jacksonville. Even though they were in state trips, we had a BLAST together and made some incredible memories.
-Starting my photography business, "Jessica Gunn Photography". This has always been a dream of mine and I FINALLY stepped out and started doing it! :) I have soooo much to learn but I have been doing many photo shoots and we have been so blessed financially through my business already! God is good!
-God giving us the name of our ministry. I can't release it yet but let's just say, God is good and his ideas are always the most creative and the best!!! :) This ministry name reflects our heart's perfectly and we are so humbled and excited!!! :)
That's just mentioning a few things but I am SO thankful for every moment God has given me in 2011. Through the good times and the bad, I have learned incredible lessons on faith, perseverance and love. I challenge you all to live 2012 to the absolute fullest!! :) NO regrets!
The Happy Little Housewife