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.
The battle is not yours but God!!!! The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now. You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy. When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face. I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀ I knew people would hate me.⠀ I knew this life would be hard.⠀ I knew I needed to be on guard. You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.
Wow! I can't believe that the last time I posted was on Memorial Day. This summer is flying by. I really hadn't intended to take this long of a break. I just wanted you to know that I hadn't forgotten about you. Truth is life has been crazy and rough. I know, you are probably thinking "here we go again". Yes, I admit that it has been my go-to phrase lately, but I'm not looking for attention or wanting you to feel sorry for me. If I am honest, sharing this part of my journey and story with you makes me feel very vulnerable. It’s scary sharing personal parts of yourself with others. Truth is God has been working and speaking into my life and I just had to share it with you. Many of you know that I struggle with chronic health issues. It’s a part of my life that I share about from time to time. Living with these health issues has taught me a lot. There are so many stages that I’ve gone through. There are so many questions that I have asked God over and over again. I’ve been sad, depressed, hurt, and angry. Questions I’ve demanded an answer that never came left me even more confused.
2018 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER! This past Thursday was the day to observed with others a time to pray. Even though it's a recognized day that doesn't mean we shouldn't be praying every day. • I believe that prayer is an important part of life. • I believe that we should pray no matter what. • I believe that no prayers are too much for God. • I believe God wants to hear from you. As I reflected and thought about National Day of Prayer this year, it means more to me than before. From the beginning of the year, I’ve said that I want to have a more intentional prayer life. It's important to me to have meaningful and deep conversations with God.