While sitting and reflecting over 2016, I realized I have experienced many mountains and valleys. I vividly remember the many times I thought I would not make it through but God, as always, has proven He is faithful. While in my worship time, I was encouraged by the song Moving Forward performed byPastor Hezekiah Walker which repeats
I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead
I'm here to declare to You my past is over
In You, all things are made new
Surrendered my life to Christ, I'm moving, moving forward
These lyrics really motivated me to not run from the growing process that is taking place in my life. Now, I will be the first to admit that change is not easy but God promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). During this year my faith, like so many others, has been tested. I really have seen God mold me and reveal to me my character when things get tough. So as we come to the close of another year, I pray that you endure the process that God has started in you. No matter the highs and lows that come your way, remember to continue moving forward with God as your guide!
Have you ever said something and regretted it after you had some time to reflect on it? I can recall plenty of times when this was the case for me. When I was younger, I was really outspoken and just spoke the things that came to mind. At that time I really did not understand that I should not speak all the thoughts in my head but listen more to understand others. The Bible confirms this in Proverbs 21:23 "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."
Now you may be wondering, what is the harm of speaking all of the thoughts that come to mind?