by Dani Catherine
I turned 28 on April 15th, and to be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Why would I, a girl who loves celebrating (and birthday cupcakes!), not want to celebrate another year down and a new age? Well within the last month, circumstances have happened that have left me heartbroken. I have been left with a lot of questions. And coming up on a new year, I found myself asking God “Why isn’t my life the way I had dreamed of by it now?”
My faith started to become dim.
So I asked myself a few questions; what was I truly having faith in? Was I putting my faith in the dreams I created? Was I putting my faith in the love that was lost? Was I putting my faith in something else rather than God?
Truth is, I was.
It was a wake up call to discover that I was truly putting my faith in something other than God.
In Hebrews 11:1, it says, “What is faith? It is confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.” This verse encourages me to put my faith in the invisible things of life and not the visible. It encourages me to move my confident assurance away from self-centered principles to the deeper pieces of my soul.
Although things aren’t how I thought they would be, I believe that God is using all this messy stuff, the difficulties that don’t seem to make sense- for something greater. For something more than I could ever ask for! (See Ephesians 3:20).
As I have walked through this season of life, storms have come. But, one thing I must do is persevere.
I know it is hard. I know the anguish and hopelessness that you may feel during seasons of difficulty, but hold on to Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Don’t let go of the assurance that Jesus Christ has for your life. His promises are greater than you can imagine. Stay strong, keep on and persevere.
Dani Catherine works at GFC as the Ministry Assistant to the Beautiful Ministry. Dani loves to bake, scream her head off at hockey games, drink tea, paint, snap photos and spend time with her dog Jeter!