Toward the end of 2012, I began asking God to make 2013 a
year of jubilee in my life. January 2013 would mark seven years since Michael’s
death. In the Old Testament, the seventh year was associated with jubilee
because debts were forgiven and people were given a fresh start. I prayed that
this year would be a new beginning in my life.
As the year comes to a close, I am humbled by all that God
has done in the past year. He has allowed me the opportunity to speak at
multiple events and on several radio shows and he has used Tears to Joy to encourage others and to save lives. Knowing that
God continues to use past hurts for his glory gives meaning to my pain.
In April, God blessed
me not only with a new husband (who I love with all my heart) but also with an
amazing new family. I thank God for enriching my life with great in-laws who
have welcomed Jorjanne and me with open arms.
I wondered how Jorjanne would adapt at all the new changes
in our lives, but I never dreamed that God would bring such cohesion into our
new family. This year for Christmas, Jorjanne gave Jeff a guitar pick that
said, “Couldn’t pick a better dad.” This
pick serves as a reminder of God’s goodness whenever I see it. God has truly blessed our family.
I’d like to leave 2013 behind praising God for all that he
has done this year. Join me in this time of praise by leaving a comment on the
website sharing what you are thankful for this year.