I was right. I couldn't.
But God did.
There were many things that He helped me do this year.
He prompted me to sign up for the conference "She Speaks" through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I prepared my talks, I went, I made new friends, I spoke... I also learned a ton!
God got me involved in the leadership team that is helping plan our church's first women's retreat (coming in February).
He also gave me a part time job as the administrator for my church.
Those are 3 big things that I didn't think I would be doing any time soon. Looking into 2009 last year, I had no idea those things were on the horizon (though I did suspect that She Speaks was).
God has blessed me in so many ways this year. Though I haven't written as much as I did the first year, I am just finishing my second year of blogging. I still have been able to write, and not just "newsy" stuff, but heart stuff too.
He has given me friendships through my blog and through Facebook that I would have never thought possible.
He helped me work through and memorize 24 verses through the Siesta 1st and 15th Scripture Memory challenge through the LPM blog. Some of them are a bit fuzzy now.... but I still have them there, and I still had them as I needed them for the circumstances I faced.
He helped me get a solo in Wausau Lyric Choir last spring. Did a major healing in me through that concert alone. And then He asked me to step down from it this year. It has made me sad, but right now, I know it would be too much and I wouldn't be able to enjoy it.
I got to go, with several miracles on God's part, with a friend to the Living Proof Live event in Green Bay this year.
Jesus has led me through some life coaching with a dear friend.... and helped me walk with that same friend through some rough times of her own this fall and winter.
One thing that I didn't accomplish was getting finished with writing about She Speaks and all that I learned there. I kind of left you all hanging there... at Part 8 I think... when I was done with all my portion of the speaking, and going in to hear Jennifer Rothschild speak to us.
I guess I will have to finish up writing about She Speaks this coming year!
There is that familiar phrase that everyone uses (almost, it seems anyway) "Life is good." It's even its own clothing label now.
Life IS good....Whether the circumstances are good or not.... and they aren't always good...... God is in them. He is good. He loves each and every one of us so dearly.
Because GOD is good.
And that is what makes life good.
Because even in the dark, in the light, and in the in-between God is there with us. He holds us, no matter how far away we push Him.... He stays there. With us.
Life is good....
.... but God is better!
May God bless you and yours this day and all the ones to come.