What an incredible year this has been. Even though it’s freezing outside, I am sitting here in the warm sun coming through my window, and all I can think of is how amazing God is.
The beginning of the year started with a huge financial blessing and me asking God what is He preparing me for? Little did I know that just a few weeks later I would receive the news that my stepdad had had a stroke (actually a spray of strokes) in the left part of his brain. That financial blessing covered last minute airfare, car rental and many other expenses!
The whole next month was covered in your prayers and support as I helped my parents through the beginning of the recovery process.
Two wonderful things came out of that time – First, you would never know that my stepdad has had a stroke! He has recovered so fast and so well! He’s still on a journey but he is truly a miracle.
The second thing, is that during that month, I started reading Christine Caine’s 'Unexpected' devotional on YouVersion (highly recommend the devotional and the book!) This devotional was God’s perfect timing for me and a phrase stuck out at me that I have carried for the rest of the year – God is not surprised, choose to feed faith or fear. I know it’s simple, but I can’t tell you how it impacted me in that moment.
I have come up against some hectic circumstances since the first day I read that sentence, and the peace of knowing that God was not surprised about any of it, has given me the strength to persevere.
It’s been an amazing year and I (and you) have had the privilege of being a part of so many things that have touched the lives of loads of people of every age group and from so many countries!
Last week, as I was reading my Bible another phrase gripped me – It’s from 2 Tim 2:9 “God’s word is not chained.” How powerful is that?!
I want to encourage you during these holidays and as you go into next year – God is not surprised at anything that may come your way and His word is not limited to your circumstances.
He can bring peace where there is none and He can bring breakthrough into impossible situations. I’m praying this for you and trusting that this holiday season will be filled with Joy and an abundance of blessings!