Yet Still I Rise: Blogmas Day 12

This is it. The last day of Blogmas.

So that means this needs to be an obligatory mushy gushy post.

But I’m not that great with emotions so be patient with me.

The title of this blog post comes from a Yolanda Adams song that means a lot to my family. This song has seen my family through some major ups and downs and it is a declaration of still continuing to press on even when it seems so much easier to give up. That’s not an easy thing to do but it is an important choice to make. (If you want to listen to it, check it out here.)

How did I start thinking about this today?

Allow me to give you some backstory. This time last year, our family was stressed out and just finishing up all of the different holiday celebrations. My dad used to work at our church and Christmas time is a busy busy season for a church and last year was no different. But what we didn’t know was that in about 2-3 weeks time, we would learn that he was fired from this position. As a result, it has been a year of trusting God to provide, working through the pain, and finding healing. My life was busy and slightly chaotic between England preparations, work and school. Throw in the sudden loss of a very dear friend and you’ve got yourself a hell of a year.

Yet what got me thinking about all this was the fact that my family just had a moment to acknowledge and be grateful for all that God had brought us through in this past year. Like with all of that mess and drama, Jesus never left us nor forgot us but instead expanded my territory and provided for everything that I needed this year. From tuition, to Foo Fighters tickets to my Canadian citizenship —  He did it all. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

As we enjoy the Christmas holiday with our friends and family, I would hope that we all still continue to be grateful for the joys and the pain of where we have been. We all have times where we feel low; but still we will rise.

Happy Holidays from Me to You

Peace & Harmonies

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