2017: Then, Now, Next

island-st-luciaHappy New Year!

This simple greeting and well-wish holds so much hope!
I hope that this simple statement reminds us to reflect where we were 1 year ago, to where we now, and where we hope to be next year.

Then:
Pretty much nothing looks the same as it did one year ago in 2016. I was still grieving heavily great loss. We lived out in the woods, had our first go at no TV (not thinking it would be permanent, but we love it now!) and had a lot of time to ourselves to rediscover who we were as a couple, without the new baby we were so excited about. We were broken. We cried out to God, and He comforted us and blessed us with “the why.” Most of the time when the earth crumbles around us, we aren’t always able to understand why and miraculously, God revealed His why to us. We are so grateful and pray that he would reveal to you the reason for your struggle as well.

This “why” changed everything for us. We had purpose and it was time to move into that.

Now:
We moved back into the city (city by Montana’s definition LOL). I have a new job in a new school, I attend a new university with a new major. I survived a car wreck involving mountain roads and black ice, and have a new car. My marriage is new and looks nothing like it did a year ago, with two whole people again! I have learned so much and have been stretched further than I thought I could handle.

I step out in faith into the discomforts of being an author every day. And every day, God shows himself in it. I have spent a year overcoming emotional eating, letting go of expectations of others, and taking God at his word. So often the grief that comes with loss includes grieving the old way of life. No, things are not the same, and to expect them to be would be a great let down. It changes you, it changed us and continues to daily. The pain of the loss never lessens, and it is significant; we never forget as we shouldn’t forget, but we embrace who the loss and the grief has molded us into being. I seek God in his word and his guidance more than ever before. It is my prayer that you do the same.

Next:
It is time to stretch out even further. Here in this website you will find the first fruits of the ministry to which Ben and I have been called. We set a launch date of January 1, 2017 almost 6 months ago and I have been trying to get it pushed back because of fear and hesitation in not being ready since that date was set.

The next step is learning more about the industry of writing. We will begin very soon (again, too soon in my opinion LOL) pursuing publishing of my first 2 books. This is exciting and scary all at the same time!
I will enter into my second semester at Liberty University holding a 4.0 GPA up to this point (it’s early in but I am so grateful for this!).
I struggle every day but remain in awe everyday at the way the Lord shows himself to those who seek him and follow him.
My biggest goal and focus for this year is STEP AWAY AND PRAY. When I don’t know what to say, what to do or how to do it, I need to step away and seek God. He is only a prayer away for all of us!

Have you spent time reflecting on where you were this time last year? Where are you now? Where do you hope to be in a year?
When we have no idea where to begin, Pray. God longs to be let near to us. If you have never prayed before,
Try this:
Dear God,
I pray _________ would be different this year. Please give me guidance and peace in this. In Jesus’ name, AMEN. Then listen and look for God.

God is the only thing we can hold to that will never let us down. When we let our requests be made known to him (pray for what we need) he promises to guard us (our hearts and minds in Jesus) with peace (Philippians 4:6-7)

This may mean that the situation doesn’t change or get better, but it is that peace, his peace, that helps us endure.

How can we help you this year? If you need someone to pray with you or for you please reach out. If you are drowning and need help being pulled up, I would love to speak with you! There is hope, there is peace and there can be change.

Visit our Prayer page or Contact Us page, we would love to hear from you.

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