Wow, 365/365! What a year 2019 has been. Many will say ‘she had a really bad, tough, hard year’. My response to them is 2019 has been the most incredible year of my life thus far. It is a year that I can fully say, finishing with life is more important than finishing with accolades.
Yes, I had another graduation! Yes, I excelled at work. Yes, I started my doctorate. Yes, I wrote more, I shared more, gave more, received more.
Yes, I did all of these things but the most important gain from this year is my renewed faith and knowledge of God as HEALER, MIRACLE WORKER AND THE MAKER OF ALL THINGS POSSIBLE!
My faith in God moved from ‘cute’ to ‘assured’.
Just like Job said ‘My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you’.Job 42:5 (NIV)
Suffering allowed me to SEE God. My Father God taught me how to war and roar in prayer and worship this year. He indeed revealed Himself as my Rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle! (Psalm 144:1)
2019 could have been my end, but the Mercy of God said ‘no’. I was struck with a sudden rare and fatal disease called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The syndrome kills 1 in 3 people and I was resuscitated on 29th August 2019, just 7 days after my 26th birthday. It is safe to say that the enemy picked the wrong one, because I came out so much stronger and was refined into beautiful gold.
Click on my IGTV Series: Beauty In The Beast at the bottom of this post to watch my faith-filled fight with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Complete my devotional, Beauty In The Beast: How To Suffer Well on the YouVersion Bible App or via this website!
I am still here. I am still standing. I am still full of faith. I am finishing 2019 empty of all that God has entrusted me with this year. I stepped on the devil’s neck in heels and in trainers this year and that will continue to be my stance against his schemes.
As I say at the end of every year. We have to trust God with the future. We have to lay down our plans for 2020 before the Author and the Finisher, the Beginning and the End. We have to stay close to Him to heed to His direction for us in 2020!
So Lord, we do just that. We thank you for bringing us to the end of another year; another decade in fact! We would not be here without you. Lord, give us your perspective for the year ahead.
Lord, may we have faith in the things you have promised and not our own lists of wants. Lord, may we choose you first this coming year and beyond.
We pray for your guidance and protection, knowing that we can find safety in You; Our Rock and Redeemer.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Happy New Year! Trust the Lord with 2020, no matter what your 2019 has been like!