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)
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✅Faith strengthened to level ‘crazy’ and ‘authentic’ ✅Overcame death and sickness ✅Started my doctorate ✅Wrote ‘Beauty In The Beast’: How To Suffer Well ✅Held my FIRST event; Journaling To A Melody Worship Night ✅Launched my EP: Journaling To A Melody ✅Stepped on the devil’s neck in heels and bare feet (I better just trademark this phrase because t-shirts are coming)! #Finish2019Empty #ThereIsMoreIn2020 #Healing #Miracle #SJSSurvivor #YearInReview #FilledUpToPourOut #JTAM #StaySteppingOnTheDevilsNeck
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!
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A faith that is tried can be trusted. The authenticity of our faith is revealed in the trial. I don’t speak from a place of not knowing. I have the scars and the gold to show. The All Consuming Fire is bigger than the firery darts that the enemy launches at us. God is with us in the fire, He is the reason for our faith. • “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 NLT • May my life be an example of how to remain steadfast in the trials of life. • Talk is from Pure Hearts Ministry annual women’s conference December 2019. 🎥: Thank you to my sister @anitalovess_ for capturing this.