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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Reflections

A pain-free/ stress-free/ worry-free life isn't promised. And perhaps the sooner we come to that realization, the easier it will be to accept the difficulties we will face. The hope that comes with this realization is that even though things will be difficult sometimes, God is with us.

Welcome to my final post for the year of 2020!


I hope and pray all of you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to better things in 2021. A dear friend of mine who was in town for the holidays said something to me that got me thinking about today's post. She mentioned how awful 2020 was for her and it reminded me about all the things we've all lost this year.


The truth is, as much as we are all hoping and praying for better things in 2021, there is no guarantee that things will be better. I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I also want to be real.


In last week's post, I listed Isaiah 43:2 which states: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you."


A pain-free/ stress-free/ worry-free life isn't promised. And perhaps the sooner we come to that realization, the easier it will be to accept the difficulties we will face. The hope that comes with this realization is that even though things will be difficult sometimes, God is with us.


So, as we move into the new year, I'd like you to keep Philippians 3:13 -14 in mind. It states: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."


Its hard to not be fearful about the future; but know that God has already been there and He has it all under control.


Conclusion

As the year comes to a close, my encouragement is simple, trust God, lean on Him for your strength. While it's important to reflect on things we've gone through, don't dwell on the past; but if you do dwell, look for the positives, the joys and testimonies of answered prayers and breakthroughs. And then, look forward to the greater things that are still ahead of you.


Quick Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for seeing me through 2020. While this year may not have brought all the things I hoped for, please help me to believe and trust your process. If I do reflect, let me reflect on all the good things you have done for me. Help me to not complain or become bitter even with all of the challenges and struggles I may go through. I trust 2021 into your care and hope for the best year yet. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Stay Blessed

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