This year in review brought to you by the number 9 and the word hope.
The year in music, my music playlist, has seen some truly epic songs this year. There is a song that was released this year by a band called Art Of Dying. I won’t get into the secular/Christian music thing…but I will say, again, that I believe that Christ will speak through wherever and whenever He chooses. The song is called “Get Through This” and the chorus says, “If I can get through this, I can get through that. If I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”
Truer words I have heard before yes…but these are also true.
I mean this screams Philippians 4:13 to me.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.
Yes, Lord. While I do prefer a simple way of expressing certain things, after all, Einstein said If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself, I do like this Amplified version of the scripture.
The year has brought so many things that we may wish we hadn’t have experienced. Or maybe we wouldn’t change anything. Because through the trials our faith is strengthened. In any given situation, we always have a choice. Whether to be optimistic and hopeful or crabby and bitter. The year has brought more good. More joy. I know I don’t only speak for myself.
This has been the year of finishing what you started, has it not? You finished that book! You. finished. writing. a. book. You wrote those short stories. You drew closer to God. To family. You…were published perhaps? Yes, indeed. This year has been one of the most amazing and still unbelievable years…honestly in a very long time. It is the year that I have written the most, had a few of my stories published in the online children’s horror stories magazine Underneath The Juniper Tree, and the year I found my agent, Bree Ogden. For the New Year, to reiterate, I will do. Embrace those mountains you conquered. Hold them dear.
My resolutions. My list. Write harder. Sing louder. Love stronger, and allow God to do what He will do in my life. Be the husband, father, brother, son, and writer…He called me to be. In all things give thanks and remain faithful and joyful, and hold the fact that I am more than a conqueror, in the palm of my hand.
For you can do anything through Christ who gives you the strength.
Again…you defeated _______Insert your battle here.
There is a cause I am supporting. It is Hope for St. Jude’s. You can find more info here: Embrace Hope.
If you could make it through 2011…you can make it through anything. 2012 is the year of fulfillment. Be ready, and be blessed…
…it’s the Year of the Dragon, after all.
Happy New Year to you all. Christ is in the business of renewal.