And just like that, we are at the end of 2017! I feel as if time is just running a marathon through my fingers; and if I don’t hold on to each moment, I will lose it. This is what 2017 has taught me. I’m learning to capture every moment and cherish them fiercely before it passes me by.

On Saturday evenings, I tend to lay out my children’s clothing for church the next day. For my daughter, we pick her outfit together. She’s almost 8 years old. And her sense of style is changing. So, my choices for her sometimes miss the mark in her eyes. Last week, she agreed to an outfit I had chosen. Well, Sunday morning came and she walks into my room and plops down on the ottoman at the end of my bed. I’m trying to figure out what is going on inside her mind. I ask her what is wrong. And that is when I have my first preadolescent experience with her.

The horror!

No. It really wasn’t that bad. She had tried on her outfit and did not like how it looked on her. She spoke to me in a panicky voice, as if it was the end of her world. And in that moment I knew my baby girl, my little “honey buns”, was no longer that small child who just wanted to get messy with art and fun.

The resolution for my daughter’s issue was pretty simple. I told her to pick out another outfit she’d be more comfortable with. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all resolutions to life’s problems were that simple and easy? And as we are at the end of this year, those thoughts of New Year resolutions come to mind. I’m really not one to make resolutions, because I sometimes feel as if these resolution statements turn into a trend and wear off within a couple of months. But, I’ll tell you, my hope and desire is that I make every single day count. With time, I cannot go back and retrieve it. Therefore, I want to cherish it all.

2017 was one heck of a year. There are so many life lessons that I’ve learned. With 2018 around the corner, I know that the molding and purging God allowed me to go through this year will only ensure that 2018 will be a year of continued growth. My home has already set certain goals we want to achieve within the next few years, and 2017 was definitely the stepping stone that needed to happen for us to get the ball rolling towards these goals.

I’m not sure if 2017 was a great year for you or not. What I do know is that your mindset will determine how you choose to go about with what you’ve lived this year. Remember, every experience we face can be that very catalyst that is needed to push us forward. And with God guiding our every step, it becomes that much more clearer to gain life lessons through all we’ve gone through this past year.

My prayer for you and I is that we continue to gain momentum and proximity to God’s own heart. May we keep the focus of being under His covering and be the light in all we do. And if 2017 was not our best year, then we put it all at His feet and allow His wisdom to inundate us for 2018. We don’t know the length of our days, but we can make the best of every moment that is given to us. May we choose to embrace each and every day that we live to see in 2018.

Amy Velazquez
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