“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19 KJV
I’ve been thinking about making some big blogging changes for the past couple of weeks.
The last several years of my life have been spent helping my family. We’ve gone through things I never would have expected that we’d face, but I know for certain that the Lord planned it all for our good. I cannot describe the close bond all of us share now, something that wouldn’t exist had my teenage years been spent relaxing in the sun. On the contrary, we found ourselves facing hardships and emotional storms that threw us for loops on more than one occasion.
I’m only just now realizing that the survival mode that became my “normal” during those times of high stress is not who I am anymore.
The light at the end of the tunnel is illuminating my future.
I no longer feel like I’m holding on for dear life, which was a recurring trait of mine for quite a while. I now feel like I can once again see the good in things, show gratitude for all that the Lord has given me, and warmly embrace the beautiful opportunities He is setting in my path. The plans He has for me are slowly being revealed; the darkness and fog I felt trapped in when it came to my future have fully dissipated.
Life as the oldest child in a family of seven may be hectic at times, but I can definitely see that things are getting better. We’re all learning how to work together, continually love each other, and probably most importantly, to forgive one another for each and every one of our shortcomings.
That’s definitely something that I’m very grateful for at the moment – I have multiple times every day to learn how to love again. Forgiving myself for not getting it right every time, as well as accepting the idiosyncrasies and little faults of my siblings, is a huge life lesson I would have been denied had I grown up as an only child, or with only one sibling close in age to me.
It is because of all the beautiful things that have been happening in my life recently that I decided to take my blog along on these changes.
It was about time that I updated some things around here, from my ‘About’ page (which I haven’t done yet), to the design of my blog, to my post content and the series that I write. I want Dreaming of Guatemala to be a place where I can enjoy writing about my life, what I’m excited about and interested in, as well as all the things I’m learning about my Heavenly Father.
I am stronger because of all that I’ve been through. I value the relationships I have with my parents and siblings, and I desire to love spending time with them. Everything I’ve faced these last several years has drawn me even closer to the Lord, which I wouldn’t have thought possible … but He has used these difficulties for my good.
I’ll be writing new blog series, having a here-and-there posting schedule (i.e. I’ll post more or less depending on the week), focus on new things with my content, and hopefully make Dreaming of Guatemala an online space full of light, warmth, and positivity.
Here’s to new memories!