Life is all about perspective. I believe that to be so true. Looking back, 2016 was full of changes and life transitions for me. I changed jobs. My husband lost his and registered for college. College plans fell through and he ended up back to work. Our daughter left for college. Our son started junior high. We had to buy a new vehicle.
Each of these challenges have brought life lessons. Some, we continue to learn and grow from. Growth has been painful at times.
During my morning devotions, this verse captured my attention.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians 3:13-14
Pressing on… Looking ahead. It’s a new year filled with new opportunities. God has been working in my life. This past year has been a time of spiritual, professional, and personal growth. One area I have really grown is my trust in God.
This is my wrist.
Here is my bracelet the day I received it. At that moment in time, my anxiety was at an all time high. I needed the visual reminder to stay focused on God.
Tonight, when I realized that the bracelet was missing, it was as though God was whispering to me.. you’re okay, my child. I am still here.
I am by no means healed of my anxiety struggles, but I have grown immensely in my trust in God to carry me. Today during a situation, I took it to God, remembered what was in my circle and outside of my circle for God to carry. He placed a supportive coworker at my side. He continues to carry me every day, every hour, every moment.
With or without my bracelet as a visual reminder, I am pressing forward in 2017 trusting whatever comes my way to God as the author of my story. Every opportunity this year is another chapter in my story.
I am looking forward to whatever comes my way this year. God will never leave nor forsake me.
Look forward with hope that the same God who created the sun, moon, stars, oceans, and mountains, is the same God writing your story. Every experience is an opportunity to trust God deeper!!