The road ahead…

I remarked to a friend this last week that if I had seen all the things that would happen this year, I would have most likely laughed and thought it was quite the joke. I had asked her about something I was struggling with, and she was incredibly encouraging to me and shared some very specific insight and scriptures. As we continued our discussion, she reminded me that we all go through years of growth. This year has definitely been a year of growing for me. It’s almost as if a page in my life has been flipped and I am a new person, in a new chapter of life that is full of truths to be learned, discoveries to be made and adventures to be had.

I knew God was speaking to my heart, because Mama and I had the chance to discuss it at length a few days ago. As we were discussing it, amongst other things, she told me almost verbatim what my friend had said about this being a year of growth for me. She encouraged me by reminding me that sometimes, growth hurts, but it is often through those “growing pains” that we grow the most as Christians. We learn to lean more heavily upon our heavenly Father and His wonderful, awe-inspiring love and grace. We learn to trust in His promises more and more. We discover that His tender mercies continue to be new each morning, even when all hope is lost. We learn to listen, to really listen, as He whispers His truth into our hearts.

I can’t see what’s around the bend, but I know my precious Savior does. And with that truth in my mind, I pray I am listening attentively to whatever He whispers in my heart, that I am actively seeking to go wherever He leads me to go, and that I am obedient to whatever He calls me to do. <3

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“Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
    Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God.

        Refrain:
        Standing, standing,
        Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
        Standing, standing,
        I’m standing on the promises of God.

    Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.

    Standing on the promises I now can see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.

    Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.

    Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
    List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.”

(Standing on the Promises of God, by Russel K. Carter)

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