Happy New Year
Happy 2018 everyone! I feel blessed to be alive on today, January 1st 2018. January of 2017 was extremely rough. I had oral surgery, and then a week later I cut through my flexor tendon. On January 31, 2017, two days before my 21st birthday, I had surgery to repair my flexor tendon. I was out of work for 12 weeks and could not use my dominant hand at all, BUT God. I kept asking God to help me to be more patient, and that is exactly what He did, so be specific in your prayers. He took away my ability to do certain things, in order to show me that it was okay to accept help. He took away my ability to write, in order to strengthen my memory. He took away my ability to use two hands in order to remind me that I needed to slow it down. I am thankful for how 2017 started, because as I look back over the year I can see just how far I have really come.
2017 was a year of lessons, but I am confident that 2018 will be a year of blessings. God humbled me in 2017. He broke me down, but built me back up stronger than ever. He took away my temper, and gave me patience. He took away my nastiness, and gave me a heart of joy. He took away my shame, and showed me His grace. God is faithful! I know that the enemy has been busy, and I know that you want to give up but KNOW that the tide is turning. Your test is turning into your testimony. Your pain is being turned into promise. Your tears are turning into joy. How do I know? I am so glad you asked. Psalms 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Then Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and an expected end.”
Continue to P.U.S.H! Pray until something happens. Just because it did not happen in 2017, that does not mean it will not happen in 2018. Think about where you were last year at this same time. You were probably still believing God to do some things from 2016. Did He not bring it to pass? See, each year can be looked at as a prerequisite. We can call 2017 the test, but 2018 will be the testimony. I am believing God with you. Hebrews 10:36 says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Continue to pray and continue to push. Be encouraged!