It thrills my heart to re-read this short article I wrote back in 2013. Indeed, 2014 did end up being a miraculous year of my life. I met the love of my life in 2014, and that opened up a whole new way of seeing the world and health. I had already been passionate about emotional and spiritual health. My husband taught me how physical health directly ties in to those two. Please read this and know that the God of the Universe cares deeply for you this Valentine’s Day. He has not abandoned you or forgotten you. You are his true treasure.
I’m pressed for time this evening, and I have a book full of things I’d love to share…as I’m reminiscing over 2013. I’m going to try to capture all my thoughts concisely in a few paragraphs for now. 🙂
I began 2013 with the aim of seeking hope in Christ. Little did I know just how excruciatingly difficult 2013 would prove to be. I definitely think this is a year I’ll remember as being my most difficult year of life…at least I hope so! You name it, just about, and I likely experienced it…or at least the feelings that accompany it. I walked through my personal Valley of the Shadow of Death, both literally and symbolically.
But alas, here I find myself upon the dawning of a new year. And I have had countless dear people claim over me that this is the year of the Lord’s favor over me. And I whole-heartedly believe it. I can almost palpably feel God’s sense of blessing upon me as I’m embracing 2014. God has done miracles in me, around me, and through me. And He has many more in store.
Job lost everything before he gained even more than what he’d started with. Abraham lost everything and everyone be knew before he followed God into the unknown territory of Faith and became the Father of Many Nations. Ruth was a destitute widow before she met her rich and godly new husband. Jesus was abandoned and nailed to a tree before his resurrection. The list goes on and on…
Yes! I believe with my whole heart that God loves to create beauty out of ashes. He loves to shake up the world a little bit sometimes by raising up the least likely candidates to do the most incredible things. He likes to take upside down things and turn them right side up. He loves doing these things for those he loves.
Turn your heart toward the One who knows and loves it most this New Year. He will never leave or forsake you. He will never reject you. He will never condemn. His arms are open. His eyes are piercing compassion. He will make a way for you and grant you more than you could hope for or imagine. I’m living proof.
Happy 2014 New Year!!!!
My 2014 Resolution: LOL, I didn’t master last year’s, (which was to be consistently punctual), so I’ll tag team that one with this year. 🙂
My 2014 Theme: Joy comes in the morning!