This morning I am truly blessed for the friends and friendships I have. I am extremely blessed for those friends who have prayed with me, for me and encouraged me along this difficult journey! God has placed people in my life during just the right times. This past week has been very hard for both Richard and I. Struggling to hear God, struggling to find peace and even more so struggling to find joy in all of this. Satan has tried so hard to steal that joy, and he's come a little too close for comfort this past week. But God has been faithful and He is good. He has given me the comfort I've needed to get through each passing day. He has given my friends the words to pray, and the right encouragement to give... and for that I am extremely blessed.
I've said it time and time again... this journey is hard, but so worth every minute of it. This past week was by far my lowest. At this time, I won't go into details... but it has been harder than any of the weeks prior. My emotions have taken over, and a series of things took place that brought me to my knees. I have been broken and I feel at a place where God has wanted me all along. He has brought me to a place of complete surrender. A place where I thought I've been all along, but really, I haven't. He has been so good to me. I've never cried so many tears in my life (I feel confident enough to say that). I went into this journey knowing that this was the plan God had for us, and I still believe that without a doubt in my mind. I knew this would be hard, and emotional, but deep down inside, never really knew until I got to where I am now. God never said life was easy, He never promised it wouldn't be hard either. He called us to this life, and this is the life I have vowed to live.
I have been condemned for the honesty and candidness on this blog. I have also been thanked for my complete candidness on this blog. But to be honest, this blog is 100% real, and all about this journey and giving God all of the praise and all of the glory! Some say I tell a little too much, and talk a little too negative about the hard times we experience. But in all truth... If I all I ever talk about are the "good times", then Christianity as a whole would be a big lie. Being a Christ follower is the hardest commitment there is. And I am soooo proud to be standing here committed to serving and following Him! (sorry for the rant... just had to make that clear!)
So... that is where I am. I'm not saying any of these things to get pity, because I don't want it! I am saying these things to make it very clear what this journey is all about. He has brought me through so much in the past year and 1/2. So many make comments like, oh its only been 7 months, and only 2 of those have been the "wait time". Well yes, you're right... 7 months since we "officially" began this journey. But my heart has been here MUCH longer than just these 7 months. God is teaching and molding me daily. I have no clue what this next year will bring, but I'm so excited to see what He's going to teach me! Although this time has been hard, I'm trying so hard to trust His plan in full. My friend recently told me, "often just before the dawn, it is the darkest". I'm praying that is true. :)
Until then... Brantley