Did I Thrive or Just Survive?

As I reflect back on 2018 one thing that comes to mind is this quote. ⠀

NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE… GOD IS GOOD. HE IS ALWAYS GOOD!!!

This is what I clung to over the past year. It wasn’t easy and at time painful, emotional, and exhausting but through it all God is faithful. He is good. God was with me every step of the way. ⠀

At the beginning of 2018, I chose a word for the year. My word was “THRIVE”. The idea came from a line in a song by Casting Crowns. I want to do more than just survive I want to thrive. That was my goal for this year.

Did I thrive? or Did I just survive?

I’d like to think that I did a little bit of both. There were definitely areas in my life that I thrived in more than others over the last year. As I looked back through my goals I feel like I accomplished some of them.

One thing that I thrived in was my prayer life and prayer in general. Prayer has become a huge part of my everyday life. Over the year praying for others has become a huge blessing to me. It makes me feel good that I am helping people by praying for them when sometimes that’s all you can do. Prayer has definitely been one of the only things that have gotten me through this year.  ⠀

Thriving in the area of serving and getting more involved in church. I am actively involved in childcare and preschool at my church. I volunteer once a month on Sundays back in preschool and I love every minute of it. Working with kids is a huge passion of mine. I love sharing the love of Jesus with them. This year I worked twice a month at church for MOPs. This is our church’s program for Mothers of Preschoolers. I got to work with the 4 and 5-year-olds and it was a blessing to me. There’s something about investing in the lives of kids that just makes my heart happy.

Another area of thriving was our young adult group Anthem. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably heard me speak of it. We meet on Thursday nights as well as Sunday mornings and let me tell you it’s one of the best things that has happened to me. It has changed my life for the better. The friendships that I have made over the last year I am truly thankful for. I love that I am accepted for who I am and that I can be real and authentic with them.

However, there are areas in life over the last year that I felt like I was just surviving. Health issues played a big part in life this year. I have had ups and downs and sometimes thought I was barely hanging on. It has been rough, emotionally, physically and mentally. I’ve cried more tears then I would like to admit there were times I wanted to just throw the towel in. It was only by God’s grace that I made it through. God was right there with me holding my hand.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or even what 2019 has in store but I do know that whatever comes my way God is with me. ⠀

I’m not sad about 2018 being almost through. In fact, I’m sorta excited because next year has to be better than this year. It just has to be. I keep telling myself that anyways. ⠀

There are lots I learned this year about God, myself, friends and life and I’m grateful to have experienced everything. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the mess all taught me lessons and made me stronger. ⠀

As you take time to reflect over the past year whether it was your best year yet or maybe your worst year please take heart and remember that God is good and you made it through with His help.

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