This year was the worst for me personally. I thought I heard God say grow my family and I lost 3 babies. This last miscarriage in October was an especially low moment as I began to question God’s faithfulness. So I’m so ready to put this year in the books and start a new journey into 2018.
I was reading yesterday and soaked in that God delights in our praise to him. He delights in seeing Him in all circumstances. Romans 5 shares how trials in our life lead to preservance. Perseverance develops character and character gives us hope. How desperately we all need hope.
2017 showed me this life is not about what I see as best. I’m trusting that as I persevere, my character is grown. As that is grown, my hope continues and focuses on the plans He has for my life and our family.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I pray that as you embrace your journey ahead for 2018, you have hope. Life throws us challenges. Place them at the feet of Christ who is able to fill your soul in ways you never thought imaginable. He will give that hope to face whatever you may be enduring.