I’m not going to lie. 2015 was a tough year. One I was glad to say good-bye to. Why?
It held a lot of pain and sickness.
We experienced a ton of stress.
I watched those I love suffer.
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t all bad! We welcomed a special little boy into our family – Elijah Harrison, found out another baby will be coming into the world in 2016, and we also attended my niece’s wedding.
2015 held both pain and joy.
Every year instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I pick a word. Well, this year I had a hard time choosing between two, so my friend helped me put them into a theme (thanks, Steph!). My two words?
As most of you know, my brother has bone marrow cancer. Our family is praying for a miracle. Will you pray with us—that the Lord will touch Murray with a miraculous healing?
Our family believes that all things are possible through Christ!
Those two words can be applied to many things in life. I’m also applying them to my writing in 2016. Anything is possible . . . I must believe in myself and trust in the One who gave me the gift of writing. I also need to carve out more time, honing the craft so I can learn and strengthen it. I want God to use it for His glory, not mine!
Even though 2015 was a tough year, the one thing I can truly say is through everything God was there, lifting us up. Walking ahead, beside, and behind us. Most of the time—He carried us. He brought us joy in the pain.
For that I’m grateful and I press on to 2016.
Am I scared of what it will bring?
But I will trust in the One who walks with me.
And because of that I believe all things are possible with Him!
What about you? What’s your word (or words, theme) for 2016?
Mark 9:23 (NIV)
Everything is possible for one who believes.
Say Amen – Brian Free & Assurance (writers – Blake Neesmith, Jason Cox, Kenna West, Michael Farren)
I leave you with this amazing song. Listen to the words. Anybody seen the power? Just say “AMEN!”