Month In Review

Reflections – January 2018

The first month of this new year has come and gone and I’m just now beginning to settle in.  It’s hard sometimes to find your grove when you can still feel the rocks underneath your feet from past hurt and failure.  What I am learning along the way is that people aren’t perfect.  If I continue to look to man to meet my needs I will always be disappointed.  I am learning to be gentle with myself as I navigate my emotions, which fail me more often than not. I continue to press forward, rocks underneath my feet and all, knowing that He goes before me and makes my way straight.

It’s been a few months since my last monthly update.  After reading Mary’s post, I remembered how much I enjoyed writing these.  From now forward, these posts will be a place where I can share my reflections from what has transpired the previous month, as well as what I’m reflecting on going forward.


Here are my January reflections. Enjoy!

Loving: Watching Dr. Quinn – Medicine Woman on Amazon Prime. I love this show!

Planning:  Getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation in June and our 30th wedding anniversary in August.  I can’t believe I will just have one child left in high school after June. They grow up so fast!  We are hoping to get away to San Diego for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.

Reading: During the month of January, I read When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker.  Another Kindle freebie, this book reminds me a lot of the movie PS I Love you. I enjoyed reading it. I also started reading Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.  This is right up my alley with my One Word “Simplify”. But really, there is so much needed heart work captured in this book. Really enjoying it so far.

Listening to: New albums by Corey Asbury and Kristene DiMarco. Loving them both.  Definitely on repeat all day long.

Shopping for:  Stocking up on essential oils. I recently begin purchasing oils from Plant Therapy and so far, I love them. They are much easier on the pocket book.  They have an Oil of the Month subscription which I will be trying out for a bit.

Excited about:  My new journey in scripture writing. I’m in Psalms and it’s been such a blessing so far.

Singing:  “You never give up on me.” I’m sure this line is written in a lot of songs, but I’ve just been reminding myself of this truth.

Learning: To be gentle with myself.

Wishing (Praying) for: A dear friend going through family struggles.

Here is one of my favorite photos from Instagram last month:

Second grandson. 7 months old. Eating like a champ. Isn’t he the cutest!

How was your January?

Sharing over at What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer

16 thoughts on “Reflections – January 2018”

  1. Mary Geisen says:

    Love everything about this. Thanks for sharing a link to my post.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for reminding me to reflect back. I pray you have a beautiful weekend.

  2. ~Karrilee~ says:

    LOVE this! I was just thinking how I have been missing those What We Learned posts I used to write! Maybe I will jump in and play along! Great list… and I don’t have that new Corey Asbury CD yet but I know I’m gonna love it!

    1. Barbie says:

      Girl, you have to get it. It’s pretty awesome!

  3. June says:

    What a cutie! I’m glad you’ll be doing these reflections posts again, Barbie! Sounds like you have some milestones worth celebrating coming up this year – so exciting! I’m glad to hear you’re being gentle with yourself, my friend. May that be a pattern that remains. Blessings on your weekend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much June!

  4. Rebecca Jones says:

    He’s a doll alright. And you’re right, be patient with and gentle with yourself, grow in His love.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for stopping by Rebecca!

  5. Karen Sebastian-Wirth says:

    What an amazing practice to recap the month? May I borrow your categories? Loved it! And enjoy that precious little one!!!!!

    1. Barbie says:

      I don’t mind at all! Would love to read your recap posts!

  6. Gayl says:

    I love this, Barbie! I’ve thought about doing an end of the month recap but just haven’t gotten to it yet. I loved your categories, too. I might borrow them like Karen suggested. 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      Feel free to borrow Gayl!

  7. BettieG says:

    I love your new design! I think that sometimes we need a fresh start in order to move forward to simplify and be still before the Lord. Your fresh start here is an encouragement to me as I have begun a fresh start on my own blogsite! Thank You and God Bless you!

    1. Barbie says:

      I like fresh starts and like this new home as well. Blessings to you BettieG!

  8. Susan Shipe says:

    Barbie, I hear a melody of peace in this post and for that I am grateful. Slow and steady wins the race, remember? I love you my CA friend. Dr. Quinn, I need a new series – is this the one?

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh I LOVE Dr. Quinn. Very old fashioned, like Little House on the Prairie. But I think it’s only available right now on Amazon Prime. I love you my friend!

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