It’s January so I feel like I can still get away with contemplating the year past as I move into the year present. For me, 2018 really was a year full of both heart breaks and blessings.
In 2018 the woman whom I loved like a sister passed away. Not a day goes by that I don’t hold her to my heart and love her and feel grateful for the blessing of her friendship.
In 2018 I felt the hand of God on my life, my work, my family and my heart. This was the year that I felt God calling me to be more. To do more. To share my faith in a way that I pray is hopeful and open and accessible.
In 2018, thanks to my incredible husband, I realized a dream that I had given up on. In many ways this stands out for me as exceptional because this was something that I never thought I would have. I thought I was too old. But 2018 is the year that Absolute Faith came into my life and there will never be enough words to thank God and David for making that happen.
2018 was the year that I really understood my faith and had confidence enough in what I believed to share it with all of you. I haven’t gone to school to study ministry, but I can’t help but recognize all of the ways in which God is impacting my life in powerful and meaningful ways. Ways that include my newest comic “Light Princess” from Cave Publishing. And I can’t deny God’s power and active involvement in the selection of the artist for my current creator-owned project, The Book of Ruth.
2018 was a year that will stand out for me as a year of profound growth and spiritual and emotional development. And while I have already said that I don’t feel as if the new year marks a “new” me…today I was so incredibly blessed to be reminded by God of his love and commitment to me…a day that ended with the symbol of God’s covenant with Noah…a rainbow.
I wish I was more eloquent. I wish I had the words to share with each and every person I meet the power of God’s love. I wish I could prove his presence. I wish I had the words to make people believe. But I can share with you the message he kept reminding me of today…through devotionals and apps and song… and I can hope and pray that the Lord reaches out and uses them to touch you in some way…
“…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” Psalm 66:12
“Come to me and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10
I lean heavily on that last verse, knowing that God always sees the troubles of my heart and he will never abandon me. I pray that in 2019 you too find comfort in and shelter in the love of God.
Yes. He will help you.