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Encouragement for a rough 2015

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Everyone has the moment you know Dec 31st when you think about all the great things that has happened and you say yes I pray for an even better year. But what happens when you can’t think of a great moment in 2015? Month after month my family has been hit with surprise after surprise.

So to that I say enough…enough of 2015 lets just move on to 2016. Below is a timeline of what has been happening in my life for 2015.

January 2015 wrong information was spread about me which caused lots of confusion and resentment

February 2015 pipe bursts in my basement

March 2015 my son get an allergic reaction to detergent breaks out in hives and rashes for one month

April 2015 daughter gets burned from curling iron on two of her fingers

June 2015 plan trip to Disney World but with major setbacks including being told that we must pay 600.00 for a car rental for 3 days and being charged for 2 hotels at one time.

July 2015 Daughter stops walking after having a 103 degree temperature she was hospitalized for 2 days stayed at home to help here get back on her feet hospital can’t explain what is wrong.

August 2015 enrolled son late to school had to pay twice the amount of money for late registration

September 2015 On our way to buy school shoes for our son we get hit by a car at a red light.

October 2015 told to attend therapy for three times a week and visit to hospital for a possible blood clot and chest pains

November 2015 visit to MRI which says that slight spine deformity

December 2015 told my insurance company that the place I was attending was fraudulent and under investigation because my test results could be false.

How did I maintain my sanity? I will not lie there were days when I said God are you punishing me for something but I had to remove those thoughts and replace them with God’s word.

So there you have it in a nutshell what my year has been like. Pretty rough yea I know but all in all have used these experiences to say that in spite of our family has held on and stayed together we have laughed cried and shouted but not at each other we have done our best to make the most of our situations.

In between the trials and stress we go out and have dinner or go to a movie or a boat ride.God has truly been in the midst of our storms he has been our peace.

[bctt tweet=”We have not wavered in our faith while Satan wanted to stop us from praising him we still praised God for who he is and what he was doing in our lives.”]

Here are some scriptures that kept me grounded

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let you hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

If you have also gone through a rough year don’t lose hope as long as you are breathing you get the opportunity to have a better day.

I leave this prayer for you

Lord, I come to you on behalf of whoever is reading this and having a hard time whether it be in their marriage, finances, health or whatever else Lord I pray they will not lose faith in you and remember that you will never leave nor forsake them. I pray that as they go through this rough season in their lives they will come out of this as pure gold and stronger than they were before. Lord remember your people all this I ask in Jesus Name Amen.

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