Hello February, when did you get here? Wasn't it just January? The past month has been rough due to getting sick with the flu twice as well as dealing with my chronic health issues. I'm hoping February will be better and I will be healthier. Right now I am still recovering but on the mend. There's so much that has been on my mind lately that I have been praying for. Our young adult group Anthem just finished up a 21 day fast and we celebrated with a Worship Night to end the month of January.
May I never forget on my best day, that I still need GOD as desperately as I did on my worst!⠀ ⠀ When I came across this quote I knew that I wanted it to be a reminder. You see, we tend to search and pursue God when we are having a bad day and then when things get better we tend to push it aside. My friends that’s not good. ⠀ We need to be pursuing and searching after GOD every day in any circumstance. ⠀
I was blessed to be able to attend Passion Conference 2019 with my church at the beginning of the month. It was not only my first time going to Passion but it was also my first church trip ever. There's so much that happened over the three days that I am still trying to process. God was definitely moving in my life as well as others there. It was a sold out venue. It was amazing to see so many others my age worshipping and praising God. It was so refreshing. If I had to summarize the three-day conference in one word the word I would choose is: POWERFUL! Between the worship and the speakers, I can personally say my life was changed. My perspective on faith was challenged and strengthened all at once. I'm not quite sure how to explain all the emotions that were running through my mind.
Can you believe that another year has begun? Wasn't it just the beginning of 2018 and here we are January 1st, 2019. I swear the year went by fast. Whether you like it or not, the truth is we have a brand new year right in front of us. Every year for the past two years I choose a word of what I want to focus on throughout the year. In 2017 I chose DEEPER In 2018 I chose THRIVE So this year, 2019, I chose INTENTIONAL Intentional? Now you are probably wondering what that means but I want to be intentional in so many areas of my life and how I live. This year I am declaring that it will be the year of being intentional.
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.