It instantly came to my heart and my mind and I smiled all over again as my heart filled with warmth. If you have been with me this year either on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook you probably guessed it? Yup...Graduation!
As I reflect back on that incredible moment, it really captures every other moment in 2012 that had any meaning. Completing my Bachelor’s degree and attending the graduation ceremony indicated to me that:
- I COULD finish something.
- It showed me first hand that He that is in me REALLY IS greater than he that is in this world.
- It revealed to me the strength that God builds in us to come back when we have been completely torn down.
- It showed me that although I went through a deep depression, my mind still worked.
- It gave me a little more courage than I had before.
- It filled me with a sense of accomplishment.
- It gave me confidence to step into the next thing God has called me to - helping those who hurt because I use to.
2012 had so many other moments - like God graciously reminding me of why we moved here to Las Vegas and to enjoy every moment I have left with my mom and dad. When I was blessed and honored to speak at my first woman’s conference, RefresHER 2012, here in Las Vegas. Preston and I traveling together this year to see his family back East. We also had an incredible moment on our first mission trip with our choir family to Vancouver, CA...yes, this year I did LIVE AGAIN and LIVE FOCUSED and felt better than ever.
The one thing I continue to see in all of that, is that GOD IS SO FAITHFUL!
As this year came to a close, these last few months have been rough in this nation. The most recent event at Sandy Hook, in Newtown, CT broke my heart to pieces. As I watched all 20 of those precious, innocent children, and 6 incredible adults flash across that screen, I instantly felt the same break in my heart I did when I lost my 2nd and 3rd child. It is nearly impossible to recover from the loss of a child, and I can tell you I would not have healed if it were not for JESUS CHRIST. I was so blessed to know that many of the parents were believers in Jesus because then I knew HE could do His part to heal their broken hearts. It will take time, quite some time...but He will do it because HE IS SO FAITHFUL!
All of that, and more, this year, has brought me to this - I am so THANKFUL to be saved. To just be saved! I am His and I am saved! THANK YOU HOLY ONE!
There is something that is exciting me about 2013. I don’t know what it is, but it is something different than I have ever felt before entering into a New Year. I am excited about the journey Abba Father has for me over the next 365 days. Whatever it is, I want to live it FREE! I want to be freer than I have ever been...
FREE from insecurities...
FREE from idolatry...
FREE from pride...
FREE from food addiction...
FREE from negative voices in my mind
(Yea I did that; I just put all your...I mean - my - issues out there :-)
FREE! If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!
The Son has set me FREE! So FREE I will be.
Oh how I pray for each and every one of you as we enter into another New Year! There are no words to thank my God for each of you in my life. You could never know on this side of Heaven the impact each of you have had on me - I mean each one of you! I am so thankful and so grateful that I get to share His word with you in the morning and that I get to hear about your life.
Let this year be YOUR year of FREEDOM! Don’t waste time thinking on the things of this world and the “would-uvs”, “could-uvs”, “should-uvs”. Christians, we are coming to a place where we will have nothing else we can do but pray our hearts out to the One who can save us and who will give us comfort in the days ahead.
May God over run you with HIS LOVE and HIS FREEDOM in 2013!