My fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
First of all, let me wish a very happy new year 2020, abounding with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish you good health, prosperity in every way, lots of love and success in all your endeavors.
So, how was the last year for you? For me, it wasn’t easy. However, the Lord has supported me and sustained me all along the past year. Where shall I begin?
2019 was tough for me
First of all, 2019 didn’t start on a good note for me. I was fired from my job. I had a good salary. And I had to register at the employment agency, where I met the most narrow-minded people I have ever seen. I looked for a job but either I was too qualified, or I wasn’t qualified enough.
I didn’t have the financial means I used to have. The employment agency was quite mean and I had to call every month to be sure that I would receive my unemployment subside. I had some delicate moments with my bank. I even started a new business but it didn’t work as I expected. I even wondered if I wasn’t cursed somehow.
Fortunately, I never stopped looking for the Lord’s face. I had to wait for His answer. My spiritual winter never seemed to end. I applied for many jobs and no answer came.
And suddenly, in November, everything changed. I had more job interviews. In that context, I asked the Lord to show me where He wanted me to go and I promised I wouldn’t protest His decision. And He showed me a good job in a foreign country! (Actually, I stay in Europe but I’ll have to leave France to start a new professional life).
Today, as 2020 begins, my perspectives are changing. I’ll start a new job in February. My financial situation slowly starts to improve and I am motivated to do new things.
The lessons I learned in 2019
I learned many precious life lessons in 2019:
- I didn’t need superfluous things to live. The Word of God, food, water, clothes and a roof upon my head were enough to sustain me. The Lord never abandoned me for my primary needs.
- Good friends are sometimes better than your family. My friends (some are Christian, some aren’t) were very present for me and offered me lunches or a drink whenever we met. And I didn’t have to ask. I asked one of my cousin who is well-to-do and who is supposed to be a upstanding Christian to send me some money and not to forget me. He acted as if he didn’t understand what I asked him. This is something I’ll never forget in my life. You recognize who is your true friends when you have problems.
- Be patient and wait on the Lord. I’ve meditated the Book of Job last year and I realized that sometimes the Lord allows bad things to happen to you to test your faithfulness and your endurance.
- Continue to be faithful to the Lord and He will reward you. I continued to go to the Church even if times were hard. If I couldn’t go to Church, I would worship at home and meditate the Word. I also continued to tithe, despite my mother asked me to stop doing so. I was even tempted to give up tithing this month but the Holy Spirit convinced me to tithe. And guess what? I received money today!
- The Lord is really powerful. He has the power to give and to take back. He has the power to bring low and to lift up. It depends on your season. Submit to His power and you’ll understand what your destiny is about.
What does 2020 have in store for you?
If you are like me and that 2019 was a tough year for you, leave those bad memories behind. If 2019 was a good year for you, praise the Lord.
However, I have this impression that this year will be a year of restoration for many of us. It will be a year of elevation for you and me. If you had failures or if your projects didn’t go the way you expected, don’t give up.
Whether you are looking for a job, for a husband, for success in your studies or in your business, pray the Lord to open the doors for you and to open your spiritual eyes, so that you’ll fulfill His will in 2020.
And don’t forget to define your goals for 2020! Mine will be the focus of the next post.
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God bless you all!