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My Year In Review.

Ahh, it’s that feeling of, “I actually survived another year of living.” Can’t believe it! I actually lived through a whole semester of school! I bet you can probably relate. Yes, I might have almost lost my sanity, but God gave me the strength to keep going, while at the same time striving to have the mindset of doing everything for His glory.

To be really honest, this year has been hard for me. I would describe it like being on a roller coaster. You know, the kind where you feel like you are on the roller coaster ride, but it never seems to stop?! The kind where you feel like nothing else bad can possibly happen, and then you turn around and the impossible strikes again. Then, there were the times when I would just ask God for the strength to keep going, to not give up, and to just be able to get through the day. Taking one day at a time. That is how I have felt the last few months. Through these times, I am so thankful for my family and friends, but most of all God.

My pastor recently said: “God knows how much we can stand, and will never give us more than we can handle.” That’s extremely comforting to me.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. Psalm 28:7

What has been so reassuring for me this year would be having the reassurance that God never leaves us. He is a shepherd that never abandons His flock. That’s something that got me through this year. Even when you might feel as though you are alone in a dark tunnel, God is there, you are never alone. We have assurance, hope and light because of Christ. I have learned that with God, nothing is impossible!

God wants us to know that when we have Him, we have everything. – A.W. Tozer

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I think as we go through the year, we start dwindling from the mindset of, “I’m going to focus on doing everything this year for His glory, and do a lot of witnessing at the mall.” In reality by the time March or April hits, we completely forget that goal. We forget entirely about {Him}. We start focusing on what I can buy and get, or how I can please myself. It’s just so sad to me. I see so many people that go through life living like this. They think they can find all their joy in worldly things, or material possessions. They wonder why by the end of the year they still are not happy. In reality, the answer is pretty simple.

They are not finding joy in their Savior.

The one that created them. The one that died for them. The one that gave them life so that they could live. But no, they shut Him out.

  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in Him, He is the one that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5

If we had more people that were bold followers of Jesus, think about how much better the world around us would be. That is why in 2017, I’m going to focus on being even bolder for Him. Being a person that is willing to stand up for what I believe in. God truly deserves all our glory and should be our main focus not just for a few weeks or months out of the year, but everyday, all year long.

Have a blessed and Happy New Year, friends!

Love Always, Hannah.

>>Simply His Daughter<<

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