I know lots of folks who are saying that they are so ready for this year to be over and how this was such an awful year. I sympathize with that, I really do. We, along with family and friends have experienced heartbreak and disappointment in several different ways this year, but I don't think any of us can truly say that nothing good has come from this year.
Regardless of how devastating our circumstances are, God can use those to build us back up to serve Him in ways we've never thought before, and for that, I'm truly grateful. That's another example of how God, and God alone, can turn despair to hope if you're surrendered to Him. Even in our darkest hours, He is still on the throne and He's our shelter.
With our miscarriage earlier this year, the death of a brother, and a few other seemingly small things in comparison, this year was hard emotionally and physically. However, I'm here to tell you that God was so good to us in so many ways. Every single time I need a whisper of love from my Father, He was there. Every time I needed strength, He was there. There were times when I needed the comfort that no other can give, but He was there. There were times when we were in need and He was there for those too.
It wasn't all bad though. I've been blessed with another year of staying home with our son. Our 4 year-old Matthew has grown so much and has learned so much this year. His writing is improving daily, along with his reading. His imagination alone is incredible. I cherish the time with my husband this year as well. It wasn't easy for him at all, but we're getting through it all and I'm blessed by this marriage that we share.
Oh, and Liberty... there are so many ways I've seen God working at our church in 2010. I'm so blessed and thankful to be a part of it. My prayer is that He'll continue to guide us and that we'll all seek Him like never before.
So, in closing, while 2010 brought heartache than we're used to, I also saw God move and felt His presence in new ways. I heard Him say more than once "It's not easy, but you're not alone" and for that, 2010 will always be a dear part of my story.