Jumping into the new year like…. BRING ON THE LOVE! Every year I decide on a new word that will be a key focus for the next year. Last year, my word was discipline and the Lord worked in my heart to help me to prioritize putting Him first daily. Honestly, this can sound easier than done you guys. It truly takes discipline in many areas to work out a physical routine and train your mind to take every thought captive to Him. It has been a stellar journey of practicing these things…. wowza have I ever learned a ton! BUT TODAY I come to you with the theme that I feel the Lord has impressed on my heart throughout 2017 to anchor and latch onto for 2018 which is: steadfast LOVE.

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FRIENDS! It is hard to truly believe that 2017 has actually come to a close. PHEW. THAT was a doozy.  I’m going to be super real with yall that 2017 felt like an emotional tornado. Trial after hardship after pain after heartbreak I sometimes felt like I was drowning in a mess of beautiful ruins. I say “ruins” because indeed there were points in this last year where my life looked like a pile of STUFF. Some days I had no idea what happened, and I often struggled with how to make it whole again.

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Friends, have you ever had those seasons in your life when you just feel like giving up? I mean really, and truly throwing up your hands and saying “that’s it, I am through“. My guess is that many of you have been in those seasons, and quite possibly many of you are feeling that exact way right now. You know what I am talking about, those seasons where everything seems to be going exactly the opposite of what you expected. One let down after another let down soon seem like you are just in a waterfall of let downs and can’t seem to find your way up for air.

I have been finding lately that a lot of people around me are currently in this season. A season when life doesn’t go according to plan. A season that truly hurts. By the end of this blog post I am hoping to do my best to answer the question of: “how to trust again when life hurts.”

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