2015 has been a great year for me not because I earned a lot of money nor have I bought most of the things that I wanted to have, not also because I was able to accomplish all my goals or have lived a luxurious life. It has been a great 2015 for me because God never left nor forsake me in the midst of so many trials and difficulties that I had to face.
When we have no money to put food on our table and to feed our kids, God provided in so many ways we cannot even imagine how He can orchestrate things to happen so we would be provided for. Truly, as He promised in Philippians 4:19:
When I feel so desperate with our financial situation with so many debts to think about, God calmed my heart and my mind even when I feel discouraged and disappointed with myself for not being a good steward of His money. God continued to give me peace that I could not really comprehend how He enables me my heart and mind to have His peace and joy. As He promised, in Philippians 4:7 “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
When I am loosing my temper and patience with my husband and my kids, He reminds me how patient He is with me with every failures and mistakes that I commit every single day. He humbles me down, takes away my pride and I don’t know how He makes me ask forgiveness to my husband when I disrespect him and to say sorry to my kids when I hurt their feelings when I shout and get mad at them for simple mistakes that they do. God is patient to remind me how wrong I was and reminds me of His love and the kind of love that He wants me to have and provide to my husband and kids. As He teaches in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
When I start to worry of what’s going to happen next or what the next day will bring, God gives me an assurance that He will take care of my tomorrows and what the future holds for me because my life is in Him, my time is in Him so I don’t need to spend my time worrying about what’s going to happen next because I can choose to trust in Him who knows what is to happen next. After all, He knows my future as He has planned it even before I was born. I have kept His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 in my heart which says:
When I feel a little bit anxious and envious when I see other people’s life so happy and successful, God redirects my attention to Him gently reminding me that if I have Him, I have everything that I need. Its a struggle to be content with what God allows for me to have when I always get the feeling of wanting more of what other people has. Yes, its a sin within my heart that tests my character and my attitude towards contentment in life. A great lesson that I will forever hold close in my heart which the apostle Paul has also learned is that “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” Philippians 4:11-12.
I had a great year last 2015 because it was a year where God taught me to trust in His care and provision. It was a great year because God taught my restless heart to rest in His plans for me and in what He has prepared for me to do knowing and believing that He will fulfil His purpose in me. God taught my weary heart to keep calm and embrace His peace that passes all understanding.
2015 was a year where God showed me miracles after miracles while our family was struggling financially, He kept on showing His grace and glory in every difficult circumstances that He allowed for us to go through. God wanted me to see how sovereign and powerful He is in my life and I am left in awe and wonder of His presence in my life.
This is why my 2015 was a great year, because God was with me all the time and He made sure that I felt His presence in my life in every moment of it from the time I woke up until I slept at night.
To Him be the Glory forever and ever!
To God Be All The Glory!
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