Raw.

The day this post goes live will be January 1st, day one of 2013. I haven’t blogged in a while and this is me, back from my hiatus, ready to take on a new year. But before I do that I want to talk about what 2012 was for me, your intrepid blogger.

I am a writer, a singer, a musician, a chef, a baker, a photographer. I am a friend, a sister, a daughter, a grand-daughter, a niece, a cousin. But most of all I am a daughter of God, one who found both joy and pain in 2012.

The Christian life is not easy. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy every day of our lives. But, at the same time, God is always near. Even when we can’t see Him next to us, He is there, even when our vision is foggy, when the rain beats so hard upon our backs, when the wind howls and the waves crash against the shore, He is there.

Deuteronomy 30:8
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (NIV)

He is there when we sit in the boat upon the wild, angry ocean, darkness surrounding us and we can’t see a thing, thunder crashing around us, lightning brightening up the sky for seconds at a time, making clear to us the dangers ahead. But He is sitting at the other end of the boat, as still as a spring morning when the sun rises slowly and the dew slowly falls from a single blade of grass.

We may struggle to believe this most days. For a while we might struggle to believe in Him at all.

But He is still there, even if we can’t see Him. On the darkest days, He is still there.
It will get better, it always does. We just need to remember that, we need to remember that it is always darkest before the dawn.

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