I would say that for me, 2015 has been a year of things falling into place. So many dreams and visions I had deep in my heart that came to be.
Of course, this was the year that the love of my life got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Isn’t that any girl’s dream come true? I won’t lie, it happened sooner than I (and probably many others) had thought. I never imagined myself engaged at the age of 22. But then, I also never imagine myself with a man like Bradley. Sure, I prayed for someone like him – but you know when things are a little too good to be true? When Bradley walked into my life I couldn’t believe that things could be so simple and that love could be so easy. That’s the best way to describe our relationship – easy. We love each other and we both love God. We want to serve God forever, and we want to do it together. It’s just that simple.
2015 was also the year that I decided to start this blog. I remember being sat in my room with shaky hands and my heart beating fast as I shared my blog on Facebook for all my friends to see. I was so nervous to see what everyone would think and say about my deepest feelings being poured out on the internet for everyone and anyone to read.
As predicted, a few people here and there probably weren’t the nicest about it. But the latter response was the one that filled my heart with so much joy. The amount of people who supported and encouraged me right from the beginning was beyond overwhelming. I still can’t get my head around it.
But most of all, this year my blog has taught me to be bold in my faith. I learned how to praise God with my writing, and not be afraid to do it. That was a really big thing for me.
It strengthened my relationship with Him too, having to trust and rely on His provision. Not only financially, but also creatively. Sometimes when I read back on a few blog posts I know that it was heaven-touched. I know that God wrote through me, speaking to whoever needed to hear.
Bradley and I also stepped into a new position in church this year. For the past six months we have been leading the youth in our church. This was something that I didn’t know I had on my heart until I found myself there doing it. I think the same goes for Bradley.
It’s a responsibility that overwhelms me at the best of times, but it’s slowly become something that I’m so passionate about. We have learned (and still are learning) how to lead the youth, not through intelligence or experience but through love. How to make ourselves transparent so that they can look into our lives and see who we really are in God. I know that we’re only at the beginning of this journey, so I’m expectant to see where God takes us with it next year.
It’s safe to say that 2015 was a big year for me, and I can only thank God for it. If it wasn’t for Him I would have crashed and burned a long while ago.
I wrote out my prayer for 2016 this morning, and I have a tiny feeling it’s going to be another great year. Not only am I getting married to Bradley, but I have the beginnings of a new dream for this blog. I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow, though.
I pray that however you’re leaving 2015, whether it was the best year of your life or the worst, that 2016 will be your year. I hope that it’s the year all of your dreams come true – maybe even the dreams you didn’t know you had.
See you in 2016!
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