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If there is one thing I have learnt along my journey of faith, it is the assurance of Our God’s loving care.

He never leads us through the storms of life, whether a minor thunderstorm or a major tornado, without having nurtured us and given us the resources of faith and hope to persevere.

Sometime ago I wrote about “A year to learn trust” and I was somewhat nervous as to what it was all preparing me for. Having journeyed through the past year I now know the reason why and my heart is very thankful.

I am thankful for a God who loves so much that He prepares the way before we endure hardships and challenges. Thankful that His love nurtures, grows and enables us to come through these times with unquestioning faith and enduring hope regardless of our understanding of the situations before us.

Without a doubt I know that the closeness of faith I learnt back then has helped me to hang on to where I am today, and without it – I don’t even want to entertain the thought of where I might be.

The lesson of trust and hope is only proven when tested. It is not an easy lesson to learn, as most life lessons are not easy, but its value is beyond measure. Will it be tested again? Most certainly;  will I struggle again? Quite probably; but each challenge builds on the faith and trust gained before and I believe each time it will get a little easier.

The past year has brought both physical and mental exhaustion, financial pressures and emotional turmoil in the life of some of my children. It had the lowest moments and the highest moments in my life, it brought endings and new beginnings. Trying and testing times but also joyous and loving times.

As a new year begins there is one thing I am most certain of, God Our Father’s love and His assurance of hope. There is nothing this year can bring that He will not walk me through it and so this year is His. He is sovereign and His grace and mercy are not determined by circumstance.

In this life there are few certainties, yet this truth is rock solid and our lives depend upon it.

My prayer for this year is that I will not only endure whatever circumstances lay ahead but that I may be a witness through them of who God is and what it means to trust in Him.

May God Bless you and may you find comfort and peace in knowing you are not alone and you are loved.

James 1:2-4  “…whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”

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