Just like the daffodils that burst forth from the ground back in the woods, so Jesus Christ burst forth from the grave proving that you and I will also rise up one day.
He is RISEN, Indeed!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Instead of defining hope as some wishy, washy feeling, I will take a cue from Ann Voskamp and use this definition –
Part of the reason I dread the holidays is for at least 5 years, each year was worse than the last one. Major events happened such as unemployment, being rear-ended, and 2 broken washers among other issues. It’s been a fight to pay basic bills and put food on the table.
However, 2018 was the first year I can say was not worse than the previous one. So this year I am going into 2019 with hope and confidence that it will be even more wonderful than 2018.
Well time to look back on 2018. Here are the highlights and low lights of my year.
My Word for the Year was Joy.
I tried to scatter joy everywhere I went by being kind. I am a virtual call center representative and it is challenging at times to as Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Scatter Joy” to my customers. Most days I felt as though I did a good job of being kind to them so hopefully they had at least a little more joy in their heart after speaking to me.
Most of the year I made poverty wages which means I was one of the 49% of widows who make less than $25,000.00 per year – and I mean way less than $25k. (stat courtesy of Modern Widows Club)
Then as of the end of October, I received a pay raise that put me in the 51% of widows that make more than $25k per year. Yes! I can finally make progress on getting my life together instead of just treading water.
I scaled way, way back on blogging. However, views are increasing despite my slow down. Hmmm…very interesting.
My most popular post was 10 Years A Widow: Desperate Ways. (344 views, most from Facebook) Warning: This post is brutally honest. When I started this blog my goal was to provide encouraging uplifting content but I was not going to sugar-coat life or tell everyone to look at life through rose-colored glasses. I believe in sugar coating on M&M’s, and smashing those rose-colored glasses and looking at life as it really is…an adventure with lots of ups and downs that must be dealt with head-on.
Enough about 2018. It’s almost history so lets look forward to 2019. My Word of the Year and Bible Verse of the Year will be published on New Years Day.