The days of 2009 filled minds with fear, anxiety, and despair. It showered parts of the US with flood waters, rising rivers, and broken levees. It was a financial force that foreclosed, squandered, and cheated many Americans. It’s promise to be a year of change unfolded before our eyes leaving some with questions, more heartache, and ruin. Many would say 2009 was a year deemed as “the worst in years.”
2009 taught me many blessing filled lessons that has molded and changed me. It was a year that proved that God can be trusted. He carried the burden of the financial world (our piece of it at least) upon His strong shoulders allowing me to continue to stay home and blogging. He showed that only He can shed the light of hope in such bleak times especially when we are praying to make it to the next paycheck. I’ve learned to be courageous in His trust by turning down interpreting and substitute teaching opportunities in order to stay focused on my writing and speaking. How else do you explain the blurb in the Wall Street Journal about my website and being interviewed for a magazine article.
God placed many people in my life this past year. He brought two beautiful twin boys into the arms of a dear friend. Two sweet angels for me to fuss over and to squeeze. He sent me into the world of Facebook where I reconnected with a dear high school friend. With the friend came much laughter, fun, and a new neighbor…..she relocated to my community and it is a sweet blessing. Together she and I have reminisced, shed tears and shared a laugh or two only because she found me on Facebook. God’s journey sent me to Concord, NC this summer to the She Speaks Conference. There, I met 13 of the most unique and inspiring women. Each one opened their hearts and arms to me as we bared our souls in our prepared speeches. To keep them close to my heart, I continue to pray for each lady and visit their blogs and websites often. They have shown me the way to blogging success and have inspired me to be the Christian woman, wife and mother I am today. It brought my father a new beginning with a new wife and presented itself for me a new mother, two sisters, a niece and soon to be two nephews.
God’s healing powers began to work on my heart this year. He healed wounds that left impressionable scars as reminders that I am anew. He healed relationships and graced others. He has tapped open a few barred doors in my soul beckoning me to allow Him in to do His healing work. His healing love pointed out many flaws that prevent me to allow His complete control over my life. Humbling myself to allow the healing taught me that God never leaves my side and is there to carry me onward.
2009 has not been an easy year. Yet, it proved to be the most powerful year in my life. So as the countdown begins, it is time to wave good-bye to the year 2009 and to welcome another year filled with God’s hope, peace, and love.