It is very usual for me to become quite reflective as we go from the old year to the new. It is important to me that each year I improve an area of my life, no matter how small that change should be.
As I look towards 2018 and back on 2017 I am amazed at how far God has brought me this year. At the start of 2017 I was struggling with working full time in a new and quite demanding job, my children and myself were still suffering from a little “shell shock’ from my marriage breakdown, in short I was a barely functioning mess who was quite adept at making sure my ‘mask’ was in place before going out in public. Only those closest to me could even guess how fragile I actually was.
Romans 8:28 tells us that God can turn all those things that we experience around for good, and that is what I have seen this year. I am not telling you the following things so you can say “Oh wow how great is Kim!” NO I am telling you these things because I want you to understand that God is no respecter of persons and what He does for one He will do for others.
So at the start of 2017 I was working full time in a childcare centre as Lead Educator of a 6weeks to 2 years room (my favourite age group) but it wasn’t working too well. I had been at the centre all of 5 weeks when I was involved in a car accident on my way home from work which resulted in me being hospitalised for 3 days with a broken sternum and fractured rib. My car was written off and I was unable to work in my chosen field from January to March. Not an ideal position to be in for a single mother! However, as I was sitting on the side of the road waiting for the ambulance to arrive, watching my car be put on the back of a trailer I knew God had it all in hand and that everything would turn out better than before. And it did!
Within weeks I had been paid out on the insurance on my car and was able to upgrade to a better one. In June I realised that where I was working was not the right place for me, and left. Once I had left I was able to return to a centre which I had previously worked at and felt like I had come home. It is a wonderful place to work, filled with lovely Christian women who love and support each other in prayer. At the end of this year I received a modest compensation pay out from the accident, which enabled me to pay out all my debts, which in turn has made me debt free for the first time in 30 years! God is so good! He took that which was difficult and causing pain and turned it into something wonderful and good! I had been praying for debt freedom for the entire 27 years of my marriage and now I am totally 100 per cent free of debt! Hallelujah! Only God could do that!
So as I look towards 2018 I am excited! God has given me a glimpse of what He has planned for me for next year, and it is scary/exciting but I always aim to follow what God asks me to do, even if I do it kicking and screaming!
Precious friends, my prayer for you as we enter into 2018 is that you will leave the painfulness of the past behind, step into the future with joy, gladness and courage knowing that the God of the Universe is walking with you, fighting your battles and has given you victory over all adversity through His Son Jesus Christ!
Happy New Year and may the peace of God dwell richly within you and your loved ones.