Faith to Endure
"He gives us hope to endure in darkness."
This year has undoubtedly been one that we will never forget. As I reflect on every month so far, I can see God's protection, grace, mercy, and love over my life and those of my family and friends. It's been a roller coaster emotionally, physically (gaining about 15 of these corna pounds), mentally, and for some financially with the ups and downs of the economy, politicians, and of course, FEAR. God's word says, " That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. People are growing further away from God and have turned their backs on Him, not seeing that He's still in control. They are constantly looking to the politicians to fix the world. God's word says,' " Many plans are in a man's heart, but the purpose of the Lord will prevail. It is our job as His creation to seek the heart of God continually. This requires creating a relationship with Him and having faith that God will perform the things His Word says. My confidence has significantly increased this year despite distractions, darkness, and uncertainties. One thing I have learned and focused on is being faithful and setting my heart on His laws.
However, distractions did come, and I did get thrown off course. During this time, the voice in my head would tell me I am alone, and no one wants to hear what I have to say or what I have gone through. It seems as though during this time, I isolate myself even more. Thankfully I can say this time I did consecrate myself to the Lord. I made sure I sat at His feet to allow Him to heal me of issues I've dealt with in my life. One of them was not seeing myself as the woman that God created me to be—having this huge desire, which has always been to speak to young women that have been abused, rejected, abandoned, and have no self-worth. But, if I didn't have the FAITH to see how God sees me, how could I share my story. He began working on me and showing me how he truly sees me. I've struggled with seeing God like those that have abused, abandoned, and rejected me. He began showing who I am in Christ. Despite my experiences, I am adopted, accepted, and loved by Christ. He had me on a FAITH walk for 2020. I am sure all of you can attest to this. One way or another, God has kept you in your right mind and protected you from something. I would see so many people posting on Facebook asking for 2020 to be over. Why, if you haven't learned the lessons that set out to shift and change you. Then you're going to repeat and take that test again instead of breaking some cycles. This year helped us by revealing another level of God in our lives, helping to draw us near Him with the numerous distractions that we as a world have endured and shape us into who God has destined us to be.