Friday, December 31, 2010

Faith Builders.

2011.

It seems so futuristic to me. Isn't it still 1996? Where does time go? I was just playing with my Rainbow Brite doll and Teddy Ruxpin like yesterday. Am I really a 27 year old mom and wife?

Wild.

This year is going to be a big one. Lots of big changes are rapidly approaching our little family. Change is good and necessary, but can also be frightening and unnerving at the same time.

Enter the peace of God. What would I do without it?

Surely I wouldn't survive.

2011 holds lots of things:

In February or March, we will know where Husby matched in the Residency Programs.
In May, he graduates from Medical School.
In July, he begins residency.

Depending on where he matches, we will either stay planted right here, or we'll pick up and move out.

Big things. A faith builder.

In May, Levi turns two. TWO. How is that possible? How is my newborn baby going to be two this year? This year he has learned to walk and talk and jump and play and hug and kiss and love and so many other things. What on earth will he be doing a year from now? How is he growing so quickly literally before my very eyes? He continues to learn and soak things up. I pray daily I'm doing my part in leading Levi to Christ in all things.

Big things. A faith builder.

I will learn to balance life as the wife of a resident. I'm sure it won't be cherries, gumdrops and candy cane kisses. But then again, neither was being the wife of a medical student. But I was, and we came out even stronger than before. I couldn't be more proud, more confident in or more unbelievably grateful to my husband. We joined hands and jumped in this thing full force .... together ... and the Lord has blessed us.

Big things. A faith builder.

There are monstrous things facing us right now and the Lord continues to pour His peace all over and through us. Because trust me, without Him, I'd be a bundle of nerves! When I look forward to these situations and changes approaching us, I can't help but look back at the past year and see what huge things we conquered.

....

We survived Levi's first year of life! We helped nurture him and care for him the absolute best that we could. We made him feel loved and safe. We gave 100% to parenting this precious little child. And by the grace of God, he has flourished!

A big thing. A faith builder.

We sprouted a new branch to our marriage that we hadn't ever experienced - parenthood. And it has brought us even closer as we learn to depend on one another and God as we press forward each and every day. I simply can not imagine doing this without my love. Through the laughter and through the tears, my husband is my glue.

A big thing. A faith builder.

Husby prepared for and completed three sets of Boards exams and successfully passed each one beautifully. The first one was scheduled the day after I went into labor with Levi (oops, sorry Husby!). The second one was smack dab in the middle of an extreme period of busy-ness for our family. The third required a trip to Philly. They were an enormous weight to carry around on top of his rotations, husby'ing, daddy'ing and other life responsibilities ... and he came through with excellence.

A big thing. A faith builder.

We've survived awesome rotations and terrible ones. There were months that I went days without seeing Husby and there were months where I saw him all the time. We have survived numerous trips, dinners and interviews for different residency programs, trying to seek out what God wants for us. We have spent many nights discussing pro's and con's and going to the Lord in prayer together.

A big thing. A faith builder.

Life is full of faith builders. When I look back at the past year and I see the awesome ways the Lord has brought us through, I can't help but feel excitement rather than anxiety when looking forward. The verse that has sort of been the "theme" to our marriage (we even used it in or wedding program), is 2 Chronicles 16:9 - For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

He has searched for us. We found Him. And He has us tucked away safely in the palm of His almighty hand.

What have I to fear?

Happy New Year, friends!

13 comments:

  1. You are truly blessed. Judging from this post and how positive a woman you always are this year should be better than the last, which seems to have been pretty awesome!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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  2. This is one of my favorite verses. Indeed it shows the believer the providential oversight of the Lord. The phrase "to and fro" is absolutely awesome, it shows us that God's eyes are quite literally moving to and fro looking here and there hunting for the one whose heart is completely His. To think of God scanning the earth and finding a person whose heart is completely His is so precious to me. When He does find that person, He strengthens them and in the Hebrew context here it means He overpowers them. The visual of this verse is one that is very dear to me as well.
    God operates in one realm, and that is the realm of truth. You can trust Him.

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  3. I love this, Whitney! How comforting.

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  4. Yes, you've survived a lot of things this year. With God, all things are possible!

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  5. He IS trustworthy, and I'm so glad you and D both trust Him completely. Anxious to see where He leads you this coming year! And, I'm glad I'm "along for the ride". :-D

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  6. Happy 2011! I can't wait to see what is in story for your beautiful family this year. Wishing you all the best. God bless!

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  7. Just stumbled across your blog - beautiful. Your faith is inspiring. Can't wait to read more. So nice to connect this way with other people of faith. Thanks.

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  8. After reading your blog for a couple of years, I have no doubt that you will do great no matter where you end up. While I know it would/will be hard if you have to move away from all of your family, I also think it will draw your closer as a family. And as far as Levi turning two, well my little boy turned 3 in October, and I'm looking at him going, "where did my baby go?"! I'm not a crier by nature, but this morning I was looking at Christmas pics from two years ago, and I wanted to ball. All I can say, although it has been said a million times, is cherish every single second. I know how you feel. It's amazing and wonderful to watch them grow, but it also goes by way too fast. Hope you have a wonderful new year and sorry for the ridiculously long comment.

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  9. What a post, Whitney! Your faith and confidence in your husband, family, and future are an inspiration. I hope I go into this new year with as much optimism, excitement, and joy as you have. Thanks for reminding me whose child I am.Ob

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  10. I love you, and Esterbune is right, you CAN trust Him. 'Cause you are His.

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  11. Oh I actually teared up when I read this! God is so amazing and I know you will thrive wherever you wind up <3

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  12. Whitney-

    I loved this post about faithbuilder. It was such an inspiration to me, as I felt like I too had gone through all of lifes many chapters that you mentioned. (Minus having a husband in medical school and residency) I pray for great things to come for you and your sweet family!

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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