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My word for 2013 was CHOOSE. I have a choice in my reaction, my attitude, my words. I have the freedom to CHOOSE who I am following and how I am leading those that follow me. Lots of choices all day long. I learned throughout the year to not take those choices for granted but to use those choices to glorify HIM in all that I do. At the start of 2013 I was hopeful for the things to come. Whatever those things were I was certain that God would lead us and not fail us. What I did NOT expect was for my nice, happy little, comfortable world to be turned upside down. Through a series of events it was clear to us that our time in Indy was over and God had a new plan for us in South Florida. Now honestly we are still figuring out what exactly that plan is here in Florida but that is besides the point. We are here. The changes we have endured are countless. New school, new jobs, new house, new neighborhood, new sports, etc. Some big, some small. All hard. All have taken a brave attitude to face. I have seen a brave face from each of us Barelas. I have seen a love that has grown stronger in our marriage, a true friendship that has developed between our kids, a bond within our family that is priceless and a God that doesn’t quit. Yes, 2013 was full of curveballs and I have no idea what to expect in 2014. To tell you the truth I don’t want to think about it too much. But I do know that as a family we are stronger than ever and I have a feeling God is just getting started here.