I don’t think I can remember a year that I have been so happy to see end. 2011 was not our year. House flooding, church flooding, childhood memories rushing down the river, job uncertainty, financial worries, plans of foreclosure, and an unending abundance of what ifs? and where do we go from here? questions. Never in my life did I think we would be facing so many questions in our life. I will be pushing 2011 out the door tomorrow night and with thankfulness for a new year, I will be looking in anticipation to a year of blessings.
Today when I was feeling sort of down and wondering why so much has happened to us in such a short amount of time, I took out my Kindle and opened up my devotional for the day. Just what I needed to hear. Almost as if God had specifically sent it just to me….
I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen from weeping, waiting for my God to help me. Psalm 69:3 NLT
Do you ever feel tired? I mean tired of just trying so hard and yet just moving inches. Maybe you’re trying to mend a relationship, advance your career, or just trying to gather yourself emotionally. Despite these valleys in your life, don’t give up on hope. This hope is the purposefulness of your tribulations that God has planned to produce the most beautiful story about you. Be patient, strong, and trust in Him. Do not give up.
In the new year, I am believing that through all of this, God is going to use the heart ache for good and that I will some day look back on this time and understand the very purpose for the journey we have been on. I truly do believe that good will come out of it and even though it doesn’t always make it easy and there are still lots of days where I want to scream, it will be