2022…wow. For me it was filled with extremes. There were some truly pain-filled moments…like super painful. Yet, there were some unbelievably amazing, “God, I can’t believe this is happening” experiences. All took place in 2022. I honestly would have been fine with 2022 being more smooth sailing, calm, and even boring, but God had other plans. So, no, I really would not want to repeat this year! 😂 However, I am humbled and amazed at how God allowed the pain to bring about some truly good things.
Sometimes it takes being hurt and completely dependent on God to make new decisions and choices that open doors to some of the best things.
Even if a painful situation happens to be caused by another’s poor choices and behavior, God will cause all things to work together for our good if we trust Him.
I know how hard it can be to walk by faith. Hopefully, 2022 taught me how to become a little better at that. 😊
The things that hurt this year:
-harsh words and actions of others
-realizing those who you thought were your friends, weren’t
The things that healed this year:
- my part-time job as a speech therapist in early intervention
- learning that others actions are a reflection of who they are and that those actions have nothing to do with me as a person
- Watching God, situations, medicine, and better choices truly change someone for the better, even when it seemed hopeless to me.
Whether you are hurting, healing, or hunky-dory, I pray you are able to sense God’s very real presence in your life in 2023. He is the only one who has truly been with you through it all- the good, the bad, and the in between. He’s led you right to where you are. Others may say they love you, but Jesus loves you much, much more. There is no end to the depth of His love and it won’t let you down. Jesus is a faithful friend who won’t fail you even when you have no idea how things will work out. Trust Him. Walk by faith even if it isn’t easy in 2023. God can and will work things out for good for you if you hang on, persevere, and keep pushing forward. You’ll be a stronger, better you as a result. May you always know that where you are is right where God meant for you to be at this time.
Never forget you can and will do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
I pray your cup overflows with blessings and Jesus’ love surrounds you today and every day of the new year.