What a year it has been! When I think about the ups, the downs, and the in-betweens, there’s been this overwhelming theme throughout it all — the Lord has worked and been so very present. I’m so thankful in that what has been a tough year in some ways has also been an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness. He is so good.
And I’m so thankful for you! Each one of you. Thank you for joining me for Java every week. It feels like we are truly on this journey together, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of sisters to join me. So, as the year winds down, I figured I would feature the blogs you liked the best from this past year! Let’s just sample a few sips of Java from 2016 together — maybe they will be sweeter the second time, and if you’re new to this great bunch of coffee buddies, pour yourself a tall something that is warm and refreshing, pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of inspiration… five cups, to be exact!
Let’s face it — despite our best efforts, life can still be crazy. Laundry piles up, work deadlines loom, the unanswered texts and emails are out of control, your loved ones need you… it’s just too much!
We all have things in our lives that we wish we didn’t have to deal with, and although they may have varying degrees of difficulty, we still just want them to go away. We just don’t think we can stand it for another minute.
Sadness is just part of our human experience, but God has a hope and a future for all of us, and it is a future full of joy.
We are bombarded with decisions — should I take this job? Should I quit this job?! We have endless choices — is this the college for me? Is this the guy for me? Is this the church where God wants me to be? And, sometimes, we just flat-out have no idea what to do, what to choose, how to make the best decision.
It’s inevitable that we’ll find ourselves in less-than-pleasant situations, right? Stuck on a delayed airplane, stuck in traffic, waiting and waiting in a doctor’s office, dealing with a difficult work or school situation… it happens to all of us. But when we apply the 4:8 standard to our thoughts, it changes our whole perspective!
What was one thing you learned this year? Share it with us in the comments below.