Today was a great day. It was one of those days where the sun showed it face from morning till evening. I shared a great meal with a dear friend. We talked about life, Jesus, and spent time inspiring one another on into the places our dreams take us. Recently, I had a season where I felt my “dreamer” on the inside failed to respond. Direction, focus, and new inspiration seemed to elude me. These seasons of life have a way of creeping in without any warning --maybe a disappointment, an illness, or even death. No one is prepared when those visitors come knocking at the door. In those months of “why” and “how can I fix this”, I came to one conclusion, nothing Annie can do or say will fix the problem. I came to a crossroad in my heart. “God, either I trust you or I don’t.” In that time, I discovered that trust and faith are not always a feeling, but a choice. I found in my choice to trust, a level of strength began to grow within me that I never knew was possible. A strength so deep that I knew it was not my own. It was .a strength from someone much greater. It was from someone who had my every step mapped out .. Out of this season, I will be forever changed.
A few things have encouraged me on in this season
Relationships that bring hope and inspiration to my heart.
Surround yourself with like minded people. Surround yourself with people that will stand in faith when your mustard seed of faith seems a little too small. Surround yourself with people who will call your heart to a place of hope.
Reminding myself that giving up is never an option
Hope is discovered in a whole new light when we experience the storms of life. There is always room for hope, no matter how dark or bleak it may seem.
And most importantly, reminding myself that God loves me more than I can fathom and that His plans for me are good!
In just two days, I will be 30! Have I seen every promise fulfilled in my life? Not yet. But, I have purposed in my heart this will be a year of adventure. This will be a year of stepping into the unknown, like never before! I could have easily chosen to stay stuck in my place of confusion from this past season, but, I choose something better. I am fully and completely putting every ounce of trust in my Creator. New places, new faces, and new opportunities to share the light of Jesus with every person I encounter. If you have faced a similar season and you feel stuck, I just want to love on you and say, “You can move forward!” “You can be all that you were created to be!” And, “It’s never to late to step out!”