Two years ago I wrote this post but when I relaunched the blog it was lost in the transfer. I'd like to take a moment to share it with you again with some slight changes. Everyone has lost a loved one sometime in their life. The pain never really goes away but does get easier as time goes on. I lost a very special person in my life. My grandma who I always called Nanna went to be with Jesus on January 17th 2016. Its been two years since she passed away but the fact of the matter is how did I accept this? How did I go back to normal days? When I will I stop crying? I'm sure if you are like me you have asked these same questions.
Today's post is going to be something a little different than normal. I thought it would be a nice change to post a devotional I wrote last year. Music plays a big part in my life as well as studying scripture so why not combine both? That's how the idea came about for this devotional. I hope you like it. If you do be sure to leave me a comment letting me know if you'd like to see more. So without further ado let's dive into today's devo. 🙂
One of my goals for 2018 is to spend more time in prayer and in spending time with Jesus. Last week I talked about what My Jesus Time looked like and this week I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart. Last week I decided to fast. Now I'm not talking about fasting from food. God has laid on my heart that I need to be more intentional about prayer and spending time with Him this year.
If there is one thing that you have learned about me you know how much I love studying the Bible and spending time with Jesus. There's nothing better then starting this new year off by making a commitment to spend time reading my Bible, studying Scripture, and opening time in prayer daily then now. Today I would like to take some time to share with you what I call My Jesus Time. I'm going to be talking about what my daily quiet time looks like and hopefully some prompts to help you get started as well. I would like to place this disclaimer that there is no right or wrong way. What I share with you is just what seems to work for me. It has taken me time to figure out what works and what doesn't work for me. What works for me might not work for you. Figure out what works best and then stick to it.
Wow! I can't believe that 2017 is over and a new year has begun. Usually I start out by saying that the new year is going to be the best one yet, however it didn't go as planned the last two years so instead I am going to say whatever 2018 brings is okay with me. 2017 was a rough year for me. Although I was getting over a time of depression and grief with the lost of my grandma in 2016 and just starting to find my way back into the craziness of life another life event happened that shaked my world. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2017. It was really hard for me dealing with all the doctors appointments and taking care of mom as well as taking care of my own chronic health issues. There were times when I felt that I was loosing myself but thank God I had a wonderful group of friends that prayed for me, supported me and encouraged me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I want to say that 2017 taught me to go deeper. Every hardship, every tear, every broken part of me made me trust God and seek Him more. It made me stronger and got me through all the nights of crying and asking why. As I reflect and prayed about what God wants me to do for 2018 I'd like to share a few of my goals and visions.