As with Feather your Nest Fridays it is important to consider the whole year just as it is important to consider the week that has been. If not it all goes by in a blur! How can we appreciate what we don't stop to even notice?
Over the next week I am going to write a series of posts and set the scene for 2019. At last I can get back to blogging as I did before we were moving. Usually I have set some themes each year. I am really excited to do this again.
One thing I noticed this year is how much I know now to always listen when you feel prompted. It took me a long time to learn this. Earlier in life I had many times when I had a strong feeling about something but I would think "oh don't be silly" and try to ignore it. This always ended badly! Eventually I learned NOT to do that. This had caused some pretty major disasters before I learned my lesson.
Now I recognise the strong feeling or prompting is a whisper from God.
Four years ago now I first had a really strong prompting to set my empty cellar to good use and stock it as a pantry. And so I did. We started on a journey and I wrote that up in my Pantry and Preparedness series. This took me on a course of learning so many new skills! I have loved it!
Perhaps a year ago I felt prompted again. Suddenly I saw that I could improve our preparedness a lot more and we had the opportunity to move back to the family farm. It all fell into place incredibly.
My heart was readied and it took renovating and selling our Adelaide house (huge amount of work)
moving ourselves, renovating a messy farmhouse, starting a new garden from scratch, and establishing a homestead. All with a wedding in the middle!
We have so much to be grateful for. That prompting turned into a huge adventure.
I know many other Bluebirds also felt a prompting to get more prepared, stock up, move to improve their position. So many of you are on a similar journey!
Now you do not need to move to build up your home. Many people have a kind mini homestead in the city. We can bloom where we are planted!
The important thing is to listen if you feel prompted. Never ignore a feeling.
If you get an opportunity make the most of it. Grab it with both hands and recognise it as a blessing. This might be a bucket of apples came your way! It might be you found a major bargain. It could be anything but if something good comes your way then make it into something wonderful.
Literally, if life gives you lemons, you can made so much! One person with a bucket of lemons will waste them. Another will make many delicious things plus gifts and even cleaning products! That bucket of lemons will equal a couple of hundred dollars by the time she has finished with it. I guess it is like that with pretty much everything.
So if 2019 is like a bucket of lemons what are you going to do with it?
We cannot control everything. But we can control a lot. Our daily habits, weekly shopping, all our homemaking and cooking, the atmosphere in the house... so many things we have a lot of influence over.
We also have the opportunity to change, learn new things, implement plans and start anew. There is nothing like a review and a new plan. Like seeing an opportunity with fresh eyes!
So today is just about appreciating how far we came this year. It was a significant year, maybe one of the biggest of my life.
What are the things that you feel grateful for?
Have you felt a prompting or a realisation that you need to change something, learn something, implement something?
Tomorrow we will focus on the new year. Today I just wanted to be thankful for the awesome year that is closing.
Have a very Happy New Year! xxx