Determined in 2013

Last year was a life changer.

I don’t say that lightly either. So many of you shared the ups and downs with our family as we gave up our horrid eating habits.

My former bread area #jeffscrazyidea

I felt so much love and encouragement when I achieved a 15-year goal of hiking Pikes Peak.

Me beside a cool cairn almost to the top of Pikes Peak

I received prayers from strangers after they read my funny and tough moments through Fridays with Freda.

Grandma Freda and I walking through Garden of the Gods

And you let me go on and on about my family…


Jessa's after photo

Jeff & I celebrating 18 years of marriage

…and my work. Both at Family Life Services and Rocky Mountain Media Group.

 Family Life Services, Photo by Matthew John Photography

At the 2012 Laurel Highlands Jeep Jamboree

2012 also brought scary life changing perspective from the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Perspective that this world really isn’t our home. Perspective that the Lord, family and community are really the only comforts we have to get through the hard times.

Another life changer for me in 2012?  I came across some hard truth.

Truth about who I am. Stripped down. Palms heavenward.

Truth about the person who God is working in my heart to create.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”~Revelation 21:5

While I don’t know what 2013 holds, or if it will be as life changing for me as 2012, I know this one thing.

I am determined in 2013.



  1. Having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.
  2. Processing or displaying resolve.
resolute – decided – resolved – firm – decisive – set


I am determined to make a difference.

I am determined to live well.

I am determined to love much.

I am determined to create.

I am determined to inspire others.

I am determined to be kind.

I am determined to be faithful.

Determined in 2013


How about you? What did the Lord teach you in 2012? What will you be determined to do in 2013?

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