Well, here I am. It’s past midnight (usually the time I get to write these blog posts) and I’m inspired:). I have so much to be thankful for this year.
The challenges of juggling work, my master’s program, mommy duties, and my relationships and friendships. When we’re going through the challenges, or as David once put it, as we’re “walking in the dark valleys” (Psalm 23:4), the only thing we sometimes want to do is simply get out and run as far as possible. I know for me, running is my first instinct so that I can guard my heart against fears and pain.
The last month has been one of prayer, fasting, and seeking lots of advice for wisdom (Proverbs 11:14). I am so thankful to God for giving me his Word. His word is really true and it’s true that when we live by his word we will “know the truth and the truth will set us free” (John 8:32).
Free from shame, guilt, fears, doubts, and so many other obstacles that we face every day. God is good. He has been my strength and has guided me when I could not see.
I was so close to making a decision that would change my whole future. I thought for sure this decision was the best thing. Until I decided to be patient and continue praying until God would show me clearly that this whole time what He was doing was exposing in me these weaknesses so that I could learn to rely more and more on Him. When I did, He gave me the strength that I needed and He opened my eyes to seeing that His plan is best (not mine).
I am grateful for His unconditional love. One way He has shown it has been through my children. They expose me because they really test my patience sometimes.
The worse in me can come out at times and then I realize my need to be humble and loving, like Jesus was and is always. Even though at times I feel I’m not being the best mom I can be, my children love me just the way I am and have been so forgiving and kind.
Another way He has shown me His love has been through my friends, particularly my sisters and brothers in Christ. They have been there giving me their best advice when I have asked and have offered their love and support.
I am looking forward to 2015, not for what the “year” will bring, but for what God will do through me in order to make a great impact in this world.
I look forward to helping my friends and family have a true and strong relationship with God. I look forward to being a better mom every day. I look forward to growing in my friendships. I look forward to growing closer to my family. Here’s to a year to give God even more glory!