Wednesday, December 27, 2017

For 2018: Pulling and Stretching

2017 has been one for the books.  In my record book, this year is listed as one of the most trying, taxing, draining years I've had in a LONG time...maybe in a lifetime. This year, I've been stretched in every possible way, in spirit, in finances, in patience, etc. I know everyone likes to hear prosperity gospel around the new year like, "I'm gonna be a completely new person when the clock strikes 12!" If you're looking for that type of post, then this one is not for you. I can't speak for anyone else, but MY 2017 was the type of year that would either make a person stop trusting God altogether or rely on Him COMPLETELY. As hard as it is, I'm choosing the second option because as much as I've been stretched this year, I also feel as though I'm being pulled...toward something different, something greater. I'm not sure what that "something" is, but Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" has been on my heart for weeks now. If you've never heard of Hillsong, what rock have you been living under?! Their music will take you straight to the feet of Jesus (Warning: Don't play it while driving. It'll be hard to concentrate on the road while sobbing uncontrollably). Anyway, the poignant lyrics of "Oceans" are currently on repeat in my spirit:

Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my savior

Hillsong United - Zion (2013) / Amazon

As I listened to it, I felt led to pray this prayer. It might just be for me, but I felt like I should share it, in hopes that it blesses someone else:

Lord, I've been stretched thin this year, but now, I stretch my hands to You. I surrender. Guide me to my purpose and use me wherever and however You see fit. Where You lead, I'll follow. Tear down the borders of my trust so I can be led by You even when things don't make sense. Even if the waters You lead me into look troubled or murky, even though I can't swim, strengthen my faith and give me the courage to go anyway. Position me to move, and prepare me to go forward without hesitation. Thank You for what You've done, what You continue to do, and what You have yet to do in my life. I trust You no matter what, and I believe that every promise You've made to me will be fulfilled in Your perfect timing. In Jesus' name, amen.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited for 2018. I pray it will be a year filled with faith and new beginnings. Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. Amen and Amen.I completely understand and agree with the way that you feel about 2017. Yes,it has been a trying year,but I thank God for allowing us to be able to say that with His help we made it.I can truly say that I have learned to depend on God. He is my provider and way maker. He keeps on doing great things for me even though I don't deserve it. He blesses me. So, I don't know what 2018 holds in store for me and my family, but I do know Who holds my future. God Is Able to just what He said He will direct.
    Continue to write about what the Lord leads you to write Siobhan. He has great things in store for you and your future through May God continue to bless you.

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