I have started and scrapped at least two other year-end reflections.  I get a third of the way through and decide that I didn’t have anything worthwhile to say.  So, not wanting to waste anyone’s time I’m going to do it a tad differently this year.

I’m always seeking out new material to help keep me on true north.  It’s always been the case but for years (decades even) I never knew where to look or what to look for.  For the past five years or so I have been gobbling up books and bible studies to help keep me focused.

Here is a reflection of books and bible studies I’ve read (or finished) in 2017 that I highly recommend.  There are more but not all are worth mentioning.  Links to these books are provided within.

Here are the items currently on my bookshelf that I’ve been reading.  Some of these books are so heady that I can only digest a little at a time, thus, they’ve been on the shelf for months or even a year.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my favorite happenings of 2017.

  • Sedona with my cousins (under the absolute worst circumstances but the most reverent homegoing ceremony I’ve ever been part of.  You can read about it here.)
  • Getting this guy
  • Shrimp and Grits from the Charleston Crab Housereflection
  • Canoeing in Congaree National Park (with no guide and snakes everywhere)
  • Elk at sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park (except I forgot my good camera for the trip!)
  • Selling my work at my first arts and crafts show (you can also read about my arting experience here)

2017 was a great year.  Life at middle age has settled into a new “normal” for me.  Some parts I adore, others need some tweaking.  God has blessed me abundantly with the people he’s placed in my path…  I pray for my warriors and supporters daily.