I was just reading through some of the news posts Daniel posted the last few days, and I am feeling so blessed to have the privilege of writing for this blog. I think it’s been about six years now that I have been writing regularly, and I’m not sure why Daniel hasn’t fired me yet but I’m glad that he hasn’t. I keep a busy schedule, am often on the road and not always able to post, but I love being able to share what God lays on my heart. It always blesses me to hear from different ones who read my posts. I thank God for each and every one of you.
As you know, if you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, the last few years of my life have been riddled with more trials than victories (or so it seemed). I knew God was doing something in my life, and I prayed daily to be faithful, but I could not see light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve never experienced depression like I did at points during that time. This past year, I finally received some much-needed direction and a renewed awareness of God’s presence. I knew He was with me but I have really missed feeling Him holding my hand.
Sometimes Christians speak what they know to be true because God’s Word is true but I can tell you from experience that God will not leave you during your darkest trial. Everything happens for a reason and, many times, that reason is to further the work that He has begun in you.
Things in the world are not going to get better. At least not to the degree that I’d like them to. I do know who is ultimately in control, however. He is my King, and He will continue to direct the events in my life. He’ll continue to guide me over mountains and through valleys until I am resting in His arms forevermore. Hold on to that no matter what this year holds. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Make it a daily practice so it will not be difficult if you find yourself in the valley of despair. Each day, it is more vital than ever that we learn to hear God’s voice and obey.
Don’t forget to praise God daily as well. It’s easy to neglect that in the hecticity of life but many battles can be won by that simple act of obedience whether you feel like it or not.
I pray this year finds you even closer to our Savior. What a wonderful God we serve. I’m so thankful I serve a God who will never let go of my hand. I love You, Father!