The Year of Grace…2017

“Bruh, what is you doing?”

Those are the words that I have found myself asking God this year. I know some may say “Really?” but I’m just being real. I don’t want to fall into the end of the year cliches, “worst year ever,” “best worst year ever,” etc. Every year, every day on this side of the dirt is a good day, a good year. But as I reflect back over this past year, I will say that 2017 has been the “Year of Grace.”

In everything that has occurred in 2017, there has been two scriptures that has kept me. “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered A LITTLE WHILE, will himself RESTORE you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

There were definitely times when all I could say was “Bruh.” One storm after another. Just when one storm was over and it began to feel as though things were coming together, life quickly said, “Girl, quit playing.” Boom, something else happened. Just allowing life to happen seemed to be easier. I guess one would call that quitting.

However, I realized that each day I was blessed to see, I got through whatever was going on. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 says, “Three times I PLEADED with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may REST on me.”

After all that I have endured, here’s what I learned. First, God sometimes has to break you down to get your attention and to get you to the place He needs you to be. Secondly, during every storm God supplied EVERYTHING that was needed to survive the storm. And in that, He had to REVEAL and REMOVE every “-ship” that was no longer needed for the place He’s leading me. And thirdly, God’s love and grace is so sweet. I’m not going to lie, prayer seemed to be pointless, “Why bother?” But I was QUICKLY snatched up and found myself saying, “God, I was just playing. See what happened was…”

All in all, 2017 didn’t out do God. God has been a keeper of me. Thank you Lord for my portion of your Grace!


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