2013 was a struggle. (This is the part of blogging that is hard for me. I'm private, and being transparent doesn't come naturally.)
So it was a struggle. In many areas. But wasn't it for everyone? Didn't we all struggle with something? Mama said there'd be days like this, so I know you had at least one day this year you struggled with. I personally had quite a few.
It means a lot to me that New Year's comes directly after we celebrated the birth of our Savior. A child born to save us. He came to Earth as a child to live a perfect life that we might follow his example. He came to save us. At the end of 2013, is there anything you need to be saved from? At the end of the year I can reflect and see that I need to be saved from fear of finances, insecurity of my abilities, judgment of others.
There are some people close to me that are adamantly opposed to any belief in God. They struggle with addiction, illness, chaos. I love these people dearly. But I see the lack of hope. When you don't Believe, you are taking all of the responsibility on your shoulders to change your life on your own. How can someone possibly have hope to heal mental illness themselves? Or alcoholism? When we believe in God we can truly rejoice in the thrill of hope that He is in control, our Prince of Peace, THE MIGHTY GOD.