Happy 2017! First, I want to thank you for reading along. This blog has been a huge blessing to me this year and I am praying that the new year brings even more blessings, using Always A Clothes Call as a vehicle for me to engage with you all!
My prayer, for all of you, this year is that God would show you the love he has for you. Romans 5:8 says, ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. This is one of my favorite verses and a great reminder that even when our circumstances change, God never fails. We often begin the new year with great enthusiasm and optimism, however, that can quickly fade when we are faced with trials and tribulation. A few days ago I read something a Christian friend posted on Instagram and it really stuck with me. She said, we seem to always want to get out of the valleys as fast as we can, anything to feel safe and comforted again, but in the valley is where God teaches us about himself the most. We want to run to the mountain tops and breathe the fresh air of redemption quickly, but sometimes slow is good. Sometimes dark valleys are necessary parts of God’s plan. Isaiah 42:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Even though the valley seems dark and I may not see the end in sight yet, I can rest in the truth that Jesus never withholds any good thing from us, refining us making us stronger and His mercies are new every morning.
I am not big on resolutions, simply because I can never keep them. Instead, I try to pray about a word that God would help me embody in the new year. This year God has impressed upon me the word Joy. Even in the times when I am stressed, annoyed, and frustrated I hope that I can be joyful in all circumstances this year. The bible says in Philippians, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain”.
I encourage you to think of a word that you hope to remember this year. Post that word on a sticky note, on your mirror, in your car, or in your notebook. My hope is that these words would, for each of us, reflect back the glory and grace of Jesus Christ because in Him I have every reason to be joyful!
Thank you so much for the continued support and love you have shown for me and this blog. I genuinely could not do it without you!