This time last year, Derek and I weren't even sure we would be able to have a baby, and now I am nearly eight months pregnant with our first child.

This time last year we weren't sure where the Lord was leading us as far as Derek's career goes, and now Derek has a job as a treasurer with alot of potential for the future.

This time last year we didn't really have many married friends, and now we've been able to connect with many other married couples and build friendships.

This time last year we were trying to think of where we'd like to go with the vacation money we had been saving, and now we know that we may not get to go on a trip this year (but it's okay, because we'll be pretty busy with a brand new baby).

This time last year we were living in a two bedroom, one bath house, and now we live in a house with a brand new finished basement and double the square footage.

So much can change from one year to the next.

This time last year, Harvey was a crazy dog with way too much energy and a propensity to chew up all my things, and now . . . well, he chews up my things less frequently. And he's slightly more calm.

This time last year, I was working in a great dental office for a great dentist - and I'm still working in that same office, just with slightly less hours.

This time last year I was furiously pounding out recap blog posts and thinking up topics to write about through the new year - and I think someone pushed the replay button, because I'm doing the same thing this year.

This time last year I was thinking back over all the recent family gatherings and feeling thankful, and I find myself feeling much the same way as I look back at the gatherings of 2010.

This time last year I was dreading taking down the Christmas decorations and procrastinating as long as possible, because I love them. And this year I'm still dreading taking them down and I'm thinking of how long I can reasonably keep them up.

This time last year I was married to the man of my dreams, and so thankful to call him mine - and as I type this, I think the only difference is that I love him even more now.

So much can stay the same from one year to the next.

But even though some things can stay the same for a while, as I reflect on all the things that have happened in this past year, how things have changed, and how they will continue to change in the future, I'm reminded that nothing ever stays the same forever in life. Even those things that are fairly consistent don't stay exactly the same indefinitely.

A truly firm foundation can be so hard to find. Everything on earth is volatile and changing, even the things that seem as if they wouldn't change.

Beautiful rural areas can be destroyed through natural disasters, or they can be built up as civilization creeps outward. Relationships and feelings grow or whither. Children grow up. People can change or let you down or die. Even in my own life the things that I listed as being relatively the same as last year have changed in small ways and will continue to change in the future.

The only thing in existence that truly never changes is our Lord.

He knew we need something constant in life - and that is why He never changes. He is always the same, from one year to the next, from one decade to the next, from one age to the next. Oh, how awful to live a life without Him, searching for some sort of temporal foundation that crumbles, when the Solid Rock is ready to be found at any time!

This time last year, the Lord was sovereign, He held the world in His hands, yet He still cared about my worries and problems, enough to give me peace and assurance when I needed it. And He hasn't changed at all.

May this year be full of good changes for you. But more than that I pray that this year your life would also be anchored by the only true constant.

May you enjoy all the changes that life brings this year, but in the midst of life's uncertainty may you also come to the Solid Foundation that is only found in Christ, Who alone is unchanging.

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Anne said...

Love this post! I also am dreading taking down my Christmas decorations and wondering how long I can leave them up before people think I'm crazy :)

Unknown said...

This is so great! I am so excited for you 2 and your little one, Can't believe how fast time flies! :)

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Great post!! How amazing to see where God has taken you this past year!

Melanie said...

Love your post! There is so much truth in it too..its good to look back and see the good things that have changed about our lives..and the good things that have just gotten better! Great outlook!!

Amber said...

Great reflections! Can't wait to see what the new year holds for you, friend! :)

Jessica said...

What a great post and a great reminder! I am so thankful for the only constant in life, too :-)

Ashley said...

Such a great reminder that God really never changes! He is always loving, forgiving, leading, no matter what. That's so encouraging in life, because, as you said, so much just keeps changing. Thanks Callie!

Unknown said...

Lovely post Callie!

Emily Powell said...

It's crazy how much your life can change in a year!

Julie S. said...

It is so incredible how much things can change in a year- seemingly, a short amount of time. And how crazy will it be to look back in another year! :)

Fair Maiden said...

Great post! Just so you know, you're not the only one wondering how long you can reasonably keep up your Christmas decorations. :) And mine have been up for 6 weeks already! I'm just not ready to take them down yet. They're so pretty and "cozy/homey".

cait said...

I love this. It's so neat to think of all that changes in a year...and all that may happen in the upcoming year! What a great reminder, too, of the one constant in our life.

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