Recently reading Mandisa’s latest post really inspired me to sit back and reflect on this year and where I am in my life at this moment.

Being the humans that we are it’s impossible to avoid heartbreaks, disappointments, set-backs that may spring up every once in a blue. I’m sure if we had the ability to control those things we would, but the reality of it is that they’re inevitable. And I’ve come to the point where I thank God for every bump in the road and giving me the strength to move forward toward his plan, that’s far more greater than I could have even conjured up in my mind for myself. Because every single defeat and every victory brought to where I am right now.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I’m truly thankful for his patience with me and undying love. For always seeing me as his wonderful design, even though my actions didn’t always prove that to be so. I don’t deserve that one bit especially with my stubborn nature. I’m so thankful for the desire God has put in my heart to not only be better but put action behind it and Do better, for his glory.

Yes, of course I’m grateful for the physical blessings but I’m to the point where I love God not simply for everything he’s done for me, but just for being Him. His faithful, consistent, all powerful, loving (I can go on and on)…self.

Friends, I can tell you myself that I’m not a fan of change at all. I like to keep things simple. I like consistency (for the most part) but I’m realizing to just let God take the wheel and direct my life whenever or wherever he see’s fit. I can’t allow fear to control my life.

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ AMP)

I know here on this earth I’ll never reach perfection, but daily I’m trying to strive toward it.

I wish you all blessings and happiness in 2015! Have a wonderful holiday! Be safe!

❤️ Irene