Last year was a pretty hard year for our family.
We had a few severe trials.
As I am preparing for a new year,
I found myself a little fearful...
...a little worried about what the year would hold.
I'm usually not a worrier.
I don't like to give something to the Lord in prayer,
and take it back with worry.
I usually don't fear the future,
I trust Him for the path ahead.
I've even walked through times past where I had to take a step
and there wasn't even ground underfoot
For a few days fear and worry clouded my spiritual sight.
I began asking the Lord to speak to me through verses on prayer,
so I could trust anew that
He'll hear and answer my prayers.
I also encouraged myself that
trials are good.
Trials are not a surprise to the Lord,
nor are they out of His will.
They are for His purpose and His glory.
I've also spend purposeful time listening to music
that will speak the Truth of God's Word to my heart.
At the recent funeral of a dear friend, Becca,
another friend Jessica, from Blessed Beyond Measure,
beautifully sang "Blessings" by Laura Story.
Most of you probably have heard it.
But you might not have heard the story behind the song.
She shares her amazing testimony of the trial that led her to
write and record this song.
If that isn't enough encouragement, you can read her bio here.
This song was written as a result of spiritual and physical agony,
when she and her husband found the answers they needed
from the heart of the Lord,
they poured this out to others.
Do you think her suffering has borne a lot of fruit?
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,
so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
Hmmm....was that the Lord's plan from the beginning?
It was the plan for His Son,
to use His sufferings to minister to others in need.
It can help us look at
in a little different light.
If we turn to the Lord in all these hard things,
someday our sufferings will be used in the lives of others.
Instead of fear and worry,
I'm ready again to walk in faith into the new year.
Even if there isn't ground underneath my feet