Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Reflections and the New Year

Happy New Year to all of you! As I reflect on this past year and all that the good Lord and I have done together, my heart is simply filled to overflowing with love and gratitude for His great faithfulness. The Lord and I had such a sweet time together this morning and I want to share a little of it with you.
I Samuel 7:12 says, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." The devotion book Streams in the Desert continues:

"Whether through poverty, wealth, sickness, or health, whether at home or abroad, or on land, sea, or air, and whether in honor, dishonor, difficulties, joy, trials, triumph, prayer, or temptation--"Thus far has the Lord helped!""

It goes on to say: "Someone who comes to a certain point and writes the words "thus far" realizes he has not come to the end of the road and that he still has some distance to travel. There are still more trials, joys, temptations, battles, defeats, victories, prayers, answers, toils, and strength yet to come. So dear believer, "be strong and take heart" (Psalm 27:14) and with thanksgiving and confidence lift your voice in praise for:

The Lord who "thus far" has helped you
Will help you all your journey through."
This my song through endless ages,
Jesus led me all the way."

Taken from: L.B. Cowman Streams in the Desert 366 Daily Devotional Readings

I have to admit, I have a few anxieties about the new year. It's my last semester of school...where will the Lord lead me after this season? Where will He guide our feet to walk this year? What new opportunities does He have for us? What will He ask me to leave at His feet? This will be a new year filled with His new mercies and His amazing grace and faithfulness. I will choose to trust in His faithfulness...as He leads me all the way.

It's fun to look back at some of the joys and tears over the last year. He has been there through it all:

1. Driver's Education-be still my heart! Rachel is a wonderful driver. She is counting the days until her birthday in March.

2. Leaving a ministry that we deeply loved and trying to find God's place for us.

3. The delight of having a garden this year. The whole family enjoyed it.

4. The little stinker that visited our garage.

5. Hannah starting junior high-how can this be?

6. Mother of the year moments-ugh!

7. My crazy semester but God's goodness. Incredibly, I finished all 5 upper level English classes with my 4.0 GPA still in tact. He is so faithful!

8. This awesome salvation experiment that I was blessed to share with my children's ministry students and my oldest nephew.

9. Menu Plan Mondays, Tackle it Tuesdays, Word Filled Wednesdays, Thankful Thursdays, Photo Fridays and Friday Funnies...this blog has become such a blessing. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me!

May God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you in this New Year!




Homesteader in Training said...

First off I love the new look. You go girl! You have created a monster in me and making headers. I love your reflections and I am so glad that I got to "go" through them with you through your blog. Your family is a joy and I can't wait for next year to see what adventures you all have next.
Have a most excellent New Year my friend.

Amydeanne said...

i love the new look too! it's gorgeous!

i love your reflections of the past year! May you be blessed beyond belief in the new year!

Erica said...

You are a blessing as well. I am so glad to share life with you and your family. Thank you for another encouraging word today!

Karen M said...

I am soooo glad to have met your through your beautiful blog and heart for God this year. Thank you for letting your light shine in your blog.

And I love your new look too.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Kristichickadee!
HAPPY NEW YEAR... AND LOVE your beautiful new look! wreeetwrewwww!
I loved catchin up over here... and seeing all your photos!
Just want you to know what an incredible blessing you are to me Kristi! Your encouragement, your lift... and Kristi-way... delight me!
blowing you holykisses my friend!
Love Lea

12-arrows said...

My sister-in-law, who just passed away 2 weeks ago, was reading the same devotional as was her husband. They referred to it quite often during her memorial service. Now you have shared a piece of it too. Beautiful. I am going to pick it up! Thank you for sharing your heart and being transparent. May your year be all of Him.