Saturday, December 31, 2011

His forever


"God once said, "Let the light shine out of the darkness!" This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ." ~2 Corinthians 4:6

This past semester has been full of some major ups and seemingly even bigger downs. Right after I arrived back in Fort Wayne from three weeks of post-Africa vacation at home in North Carolina, Connie was hospitalized and ended up having a really close shave of it, and my Great Grandmother died at the age of 96-all within the first week. And that was on top of financial issues as well as other stuff-needless to say, I was an emotional wreck! If it wasn't for the prayers of many and the friendship of girls like Amy and Sam, and Connie's positive attitude, I don't think I would've made it through those first weeks back!
If there's one major lesson that stands out from this year's events, it is that God reigns. That is all. No matter the problems, God has already won the battle. 2011 has been a year of big changes and huge victories in my life and the lives of those He's surrounded me with, and with that has come bigger battles, bigger challenges. It's frustrating sometimes, but He keeps reminding me that they're really pointless attacks because He's already declared me to be His. Just think on this:

Now this is what the Lord says. He created you, people of Jacob; he formed you, people of Israel. He says, "Don't be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are mine. ~Isaiah 43:1

Doesn't that just fill your heart with peace and joy? And what can separate us now that we are His? Nothing! Battles will come-thats a guarantee. But He is still God, the One who set me apart for His service, and the One who wants to do the same for you. I can't wait to see what He has in store for 2012 (I will laugh if it's NOT the end of the world! :P), to see what even bigger and better things He wants me to be a part of! And I don't want to forget this lesson He's spent 20 years patiently teaching me. May God bless you and show Himself victorious in your life this year, too!

7 We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us. 8 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. 9 We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 10 We carry the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies. 11 We are alive, but for Jesus we are always in danger of death so that the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies that die. 12 So death is working in us, but life is working in you.
13 It is written in the Scriptures, "I believed, so I spoke." Our faith is like this, too. We believe, and so we speak. 14 God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, and we know that God will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before him. 15 All these things are for you. And so the grace of God that is being given to more and more people will bring increasing thanks to God for his glory. ~2 Corinthians 4:7-15 (my favorite passage this month)
My partner in 'crime' for the year <3

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