What a difference a year makes

I hope everyone is looking forward to the holidays! I sure am! I don’t have my Christmas tree up yet, but I do have quite a few presents bought and waiting to be wrapped. That’s a first for me! I’m usually a Christmas Eve shopper.

I’m in such a good place right now and so excited for the bright days ahead!

But, I know the holidays are hard for some of you! Even last year because of what I was going through at the time, I didn’t even put a Christmas tree up or wrap a present. Gift cards and gift bags came in handy! 😜 I usually put up 5 trees and decorate the halls and walls and every where else I can find a spot!

I’m only sharing this to say, what a difference a year makes!!! We have so much hope in our Lord and Savior and if we give our hurts over to Him, He can and will completely heal us of all of the them and bring a joy that is indescribable!

I look back on my journey and though it was awful at times, He never left me and was there every step of the way! I became who I am because of what I went through and learned to trust and love God more and more every day.

It was one step at a time and one day at a time. I’m so thankful that His mercies are new every day. He gave me the strength to keep fighting to face those days and take those steps even when I didn’t feel like it! He can do it for you too!

I recently talked with a friend who is experiencing hurt and it reminded me of the grueling process of how I got through painful times and how far He’s brought me.

One of the things that helped me was reaching out to those that I knew would listen and keep me in their thoughts and prayers! Early on it was hard for me to muster the words to pray for myself! But, we are to be the body of Christ. I’m so thankful for those that were His hands, feet and listening ears for me!

Songs also helped! I’d play them over and over and turn them into prayers, crying out for my situation. When you let your hurt and the true healer collide, He will bring you comfort and one day heal all the pain. His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11) What hope we have in Him!

If you’re hurting today, listen to the words of this song! They helped me!

God is so good and He’s right there waiting with His arms wide open to heal our hurts. Love, prayers and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thank you for letting me share! 🙂

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