Today marks a milestone for me. I have finished my goal of taking and posting a photo a day for an entire year. But more than that, it marks one of the most significant years in my life. A year ago today I left Belgium and returned to southwest Georgia, back to my family and the small towns where I grew up.
It has been a year full of new beginnings, challenges, and adjustments. And it has been a year full of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. He has provided for me above and beyond what I could have asked or imagined, and He has shone Himself strong. His mercies really have been new every single morning. He has been my refuge and an ever present help in times of trouble. I can trust Him.
I’ve learned so much this year, and I feel more like myself than ever, if that makes any sense at all. One of my discoveries has been the joy I find in taking photographs and sharing them. As I’ve written before, this photo project has been a way to look outside of myself. I’ve looked out and up. And as I’ve done so, I’ve seen beauty in the mundane, and I’ve grown more thankful. I’ve also truly appreciated the kind words of others as I’ve shared my pictures. I really believe this project has played quite a role in my healing this year. (Thanks again, Will, for encouraging me to tackle this project and for your encouragement and advice throughout.)
As this project ends, I suspect it’s another beginning. I have no idea what’s ahead for me in life or with my new hobby, but I have a hopeful heart. And a happy heart.
Glory be to God,