I know today is the first day of 2018. However, I could not go into 2018 without first giving thanks to God for how he has brought us out of 2017. This year has been such a trying year, much like 2015, and 2016. However this year has been a blessing for us. My husband has only had one seizure this year, thank God! I still declare healing over him no matter what the enemy tries to throw at him. Financially, this year has been the hardest. Our faith level had to go up! For that I give thanks to God. It has not always felt good, but it has worked for our good.
This year my hours were cut at work. I work only 3 days week, no benefits. My husband is still not working… but God! He has provided like never before. The month of December was the most trying month. We did not know how we would pay all of our rent, utilities bills, etc. To be honest, I had some days I cried out and broke down. But the difference was I picked myself up and prayed a different prayer to God. I was reminded of the promises he has spoken over my family and I. Immediately I started to thank Him and begin reflecting back on all the times He has brought us out before. I started quoting His word back to Him and standing on it. My faith changed. I still praised him with tears rolling down my face. My husband did the same. In return, God gave us a miracle around Christmas. 1 week before Christmas, he spoke to a woman that I had met only once in my life. She called to check on me and said she only needs a number. She wanted to know how much we needed to help give us some financial relief. I gave her a number and she doubled it. Also, He has used people to give us lots of cleaning supplies washing powder, and to gas up our car. He used a lady that I work with and she had me to follow her to the grocery store and made me a buggy full of groceries and put money in my hand. To add, my husband was approved to have his medication sent to him free of charge (very expensive medication). Also, people purchased our youngest son Christmas gifts. Last but not least, a work out group that I was a part of got together and they all donated money and food.
On New Year Eve, my husband and I were giving the opportunity that I prayed for. That was to give our testimony to the church. Once we gave our testimony, someone was lead to be a financial blessing to us and put money in my hand. God is just so amazing. The thing I learned in 2017 is that God is able and willing. All I want is Him. I found out that all the material things in world don’t mean a thing without Him. I learned not to worry and to just cast ALL my cares on him, because He cares for me! His word says to seek Him first and His kingdom and ALL these things will be added to me.
The struggles in 2017 have brought my family closer. I thank God for this storm. Most importantly I thank Him for being with me every step of the way. I pray that our testimony help to encourage you on today. I want you to know that nothing is too hard for God. He cares for you and loves you. Every trail that you go through is to help you. It helps to humbles you and grow you spiritual. So instead of complaining, lift your hands up and thank God. He did not promise that every day would be easy; however He did say He would be with us. That alone is reassurance for me! We serve a God that can deliver us out, or get into the storm with us. He is a present help in the time of trouble!
Happy New Year!
Verse of meditation: Psalm 23:1-6
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.