By Andrea Merrell
While many are making resolutions for this New Year, I’m busy reflecting on the events of 2022 and what God has done in, through, and for me.
This past year was a tough one for me, especially health-wise.
But God—my always faithful, ever-present healer—brought me through every sickness,
test, and procedure. After twenty-five years of chronic back pain, I am very
close to being pain-free due to a simple injection—something only my heavenly
Father could have arranged the way He did. My lesson? Keep praying, keep standing
in faith, and never give up.
After attending the funeral of several friends, I’ve learned how fleeting life is and how we should show our love and appreciation to the people in our life while we have the chance.
Being hours away from my daughter and not seeing her for almost a year, made me realize the importance of family. Not being with her for Christmas showed me how families should always be together whenever possible, loving each other and making memories.
Watching a dear friend suffer a heart attack and then go through open-heart surgery showed me how precious our friendships are and how we should treasure them. We should pray for them and have their backs at all times.
Through every situation I faced in 2022, God proved time and again that when I can’t, He can. When I don’t have the answer, He does. When I don’t have strength, He gives me His. I know that I can experience His peace in the midst of any storm and His joy no matter what is going on around me. I can trust Him to take care of me and provide everything I need. I can count on Him because He is concerned about every little thing that concerns me and promises to perfect it in His way and in His time.
What I learned in 2022 is that God is good—all the time—and His goodness will pave the way for a blessed and prosperous 2023 as long as I keep my mind and heart focused on Him.
Happy New Year!
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