Happy new year, one and all! I genuinely hope you all were able to celebrate with loved ones and joy-filled hearts. For those of you who are normally filled with dread during the holidays (like I sometimes am) I pray that you find peace with whatever may be hurting your hearts still. For others, you may have had family in the hospital, or someone passed away unexpectedly. I pray for healing for you and your families as well. May you all find joy in knowing your loved ones are called home or will be healed.
I must say, what a year it has been. I’ve gone from stressed to blessed. I have had quite the year of growth spiritually, which has helped me emotionally.
Let me just be honest, but my year was rough! Nothing I couldn’t handle, but I can tell you I was ready to give up and just quit it all.
First, there was too much stress in the beginning of last year. My boyfriend almost left us and almost took a job in another city. I almost killed myself. My son almost committed suicide, and was hospitalized for intervention. My daughters struggled emotionally. Work was unbearable because my coworkers tried to keep me miserable. Stuff was rough!
So, I broke down. Asked for help. Cried for days… Weeks… Even months…
I received the gift of Jesus. The present that only someone who truly loves beyond all the dysfunction and doubt you might have in your mind can give. I received prayer and love and support and things began to change.
My boyfriend chose to stay home and grow with us spiritually. My kids began to behave for the most part. I began to feel the depression slip away from me and no longer felt hopeless. Life became tolerable and then it became enjoyable.
Now, I can presently say that my life is better than it has ever been.
Why? Because of God’s presence in my life.
This new year is going to be better than last. I expect that I will have tests of faith. It comes with the territory. I expect to be blessed in ways that people will know that we have been by our Most High God. This year, I expect to be right with God in such a way that there will be no denying that I will be a walking testimony of how the love of God can change people to be even more amazing than they could have imagined.
My past? Gone. Dead. That woman is no more. That woman was not who I am today. Let’s just say, I’m glad I still have people I’ve know for many years (when they knew that other woman) so they can testify that I’ve changed. They can see the transformation.
All these people and their “new year, new me” resolutions are small steps to a bigger picture. Getting right in life for me was getting right with God. I wouldn’t be here today had it not been for someone caring enough for my life, my soul, and the status of my family by introducing me to Jesus Christ.
This new year is the precursor to the greater life I expect to have. My expectations are through the roof into the heavens of what my family is about to accomplish.
I expect financial stability. I expect an engagement in my relationship. I expect children who are on the honor roll. I expect my home will be stocked with food, light, and most of all God and all the joy He can bring. I expect to build a deeper relationship with God which will connect me to my future spouse and my children. My expectations are at an all time high. I expect my health is going to be at 100% at all times. No time for settling for a worst-case scenario. Time to expect greatness and blessings so rich you have to carry it all over in 2016!!!
What is your present like? What are you going to change this year? What do you expect to happen for you?
I expect blessings in all your lives. From the small to the very large. God will bless you! Believe that. Declare it. Claim it for yourselves, your family and friends.
I expect you all to take a moment and say goodbye to last year and all the bad that died with it. I want you all to claim victory in your lives and believe it so you can walk with that pep in your step. You got that million dollar check waiting to be cashed at the end of the year. You have it already just gotta keep doing the right thing and making plans to make use of it!
Happy New Year everyone. May your year be so blessed you can only stop and say, “That’s God.”