On New Years Eve last year God gave me a word: Robustness.
the quality or condition of being strong and in good condition.
the ability to withstand or overcome adverse conditions or rigorous testing.
A year ago I assumed I had already walked through quite a bit of adversity and that I would immediately be feeling robust.
I was wrong. This past year brought challenge after challenge. Brad and I sat the other night and talked through the seasons of the past year, and there were very few periods of time in between really difficult and strange times.
But, in those hard times we came to a place of resigning our lives completely and totally to God’s will. To His plan for our lives and not our own desires, and as I look back over this year I see a robustness forming in my life that can only be gained by walking through fire.
Over and over again I’ve had to remember what God has called me to, and decide that no matter what people say about me, no matter what others might think, no matter how insane or stupid it looks, no matter how much it doesn’t make sense. that I will keep on following the path that God laid out for me. It’s my path to walk and no one else’s.
I’m certain that someday there will be earthly recompense for some of the injustices we’ve faced in this season and I look forward to that day knowing that through all the pain we did our best to look only to Jesus.
For every person that has beef with us, I know we have many more who are praying over us and rooting for our family. Isn’t that amazing?! God has provided so much even when it feels like much has been taken.
I don’t know if God will give me a word for this year. Even so, I am hopeful for the upcoming year knowing that all we’ve learned in 2022 has made us stronger and wiser.
I’m ready for you 2023.