In 17 days, we will be living in 2016.  Another year is about to be history, and a new one is on the rise.

As I reflect back from this day to January 1, 2015, I have all different kinds of memories: good, trying, sad, etc.  It’s been a tough year for me and my family, but we couldn’t have gotten through it without the Lord.

I think about my three surgeries I have had this year.  Through the many tears, pain, and fear, God has been faithful in carrying me and my family through each door.  I don’t regret one bit of these trials I have been going through, because God has brought some amazing things out of them.  I’m so thankful for my two toy boxes (one that is at Nemours & another currently being worked on), and God has shown me a different side of myself that I never thought I’d have…which is the gift of giving.  It’s a trait that is very difficult to have in this greedy and selfish world, but I don’t want to receive anything if I don’t give first to others.

There have been some fun times this year as well.  From getting to see my favorite band, For King and Country, four times (I know, that’s a lot for one year), to getting to spend time with my family at our annual vacation spot in Ormond Beach, it’s been a blast.  I’m also thankful for the money my parents put in to getting annual passes for Disney for this year.  It was so much fun getting to go (even though we have been a million times prior to the passes), and it was just something to get away from town and have some fun.

Now, enough of myself, and on to giving you, who is reading this, some encouragement for this upcoming new year.  I urge and encourage you to take God with you into 2016.  I can’t say how much He has done this year because He has done so much.  You won’t get through life successfully if you don’t let God lead the way.  Even though it may take you out of your comfort zone, allow God to drive the car and take you to places that are way better than the places you would take yourself.  Please don’t wait 5 years until you realize how much you need Jesus in your life because 5 years may be 5 years too late.  Make the choice today to surrender to the Lord.  Your life won’t be easier, but you will have someone who knows exactly what you are going through and can help you.  Jesus was tempted and tried in all the ways that we have, yet He did it without sinning.  Don’t leave Him in 2015.  Take Him with you into 2016 and years beyond that.  You won’t regret it.  You just won’t.

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