I feel like I should come right out and say it, 2016 has been rough. My parents have had several health issues, my sister lost a precious baby in the early stages of pregnancy and Josh and I have continued our battle with infertility (Going on 2.5 years). It's crazy how often I've had a well-laid plan, a good plan, a God-honoring plan (or so I think) and things just don't go my way. I have to ask myself, am I believing He works all things together for my good and His glory or am I choosing the creation over the Creator? Y'all, I confess my heart's burden during this period of trial, but I pray in spite of it all, I will produce the fruit of the Spirit. Not because of my work, but because of the Spirit's work in me.
Over the past several months, I have found true comfort in studying scripture. Advent season is beginning and there are so many wonderful studies available. I just started the SRT study, I read it every year and it always reminds me of my hearts true longing. If you're going through this study, I would love to connect with you. If you have been hitting bumps in the road, I would love to pray for you. It's a lonely time, but please do not isolate yourself from Christ's community.
One more thing, my sister wrote a post on her blog 'Our Joy. His Glory.' and I have found it to be a fresh reminder of faithfully serving our Heavenly Father in trial, believing in His goodness and love for His children. If you would like to read it, here's the link: http://www.ourjoyhisglory.com/2016/11/trials.html
Thanks for letting me share! Most of you are friends, both old and new, thank you for letting me take a timeout and confess to you guys. Now, here's to the cheer of the season! I snapped this pic after I finished wrapping the final gift on Saturday. I mean, Lucy. I can't help myself.