This earth-shattering news broke me. I cried out to God for answers and felt no immediate response. In this time of waiting, the Lord was shaping me. He brought me to my knees and filled my heart with hope and a peace unlike anything I had experienced. About a month ago, when I received the worst news yet, God strategically placed me among two friends who lovingly lifted me up and reminded me of the Lord’s purpose.
We've all experienced hurt at some point in our lives. Before we can ever begin to heal from those hurts, we must recognize the pain we've felt. Although dealing with our hurts may be difficult, God is waiting for us with his arms wide open and ready to walk with us through the process.
As 2017 draws near, there are a number of ways to intentionally cast vision and seek the Lord's heart for the year ahead.
There are many ways to look back over the last year and remember what the Lord has done. Our encouragement this week is to take some time after you review the year to set up your own altar in remembrance and gratitude for 2016.
Be encouraged to delve deeper into all that gratitude holds so that perseverance, character and hope become more and more alive within you!
When we choose gratitude in the difficulties of our lives, we are promised hope. And hope does not disappoint.