Why 2014 Will Be Your Greatest Year Ever

The future isn’t bound by our past. {Image credit: pressmaster / 123RF Stock Photo}

A friend said something this weekend in his New Years sermon that stopped me in my tracks:

“Even though 2013 has been the worst year of my life, it’s also been the greatest year of my life. Everything I’ve lost I’ve gained—and more—in Christ.”

This from a man who lost his 3-year-0ld grandchild and brother-in-law to cancer, and another family member to a car accident. Whose niece was abducted and taken to Mexico, and who’s still recovering from that trauma. A man who’s been through unemployment, relocation, and health challenges of his own.

And it’s been the greatest year of his life? What gives?!

Even though my year hasn’t been full of the same challenges, I may have an inkling of why this is true. And maybe you do, too.

There are years that shred us, but can be years we see the most growth. . . the most impossible joy. . . the most hope. . . even in the midst of the horrible. {Tweet this} 

I’ve certainly had a year like that in 2013. A year where my struggling adopted daughter transitioned home from psychiatric treatment not because she was ready, but because the institution couldn’t do any more for her. A year when my husband made so little while growing his new business that our kids have been on free school lunches and we’ve cinched the financial belt in so tight we can barely breathe.

In the midst of that, it’s also been the year my daughter, mentioned above, was diagnosed with epilepsy, got treatment, and settled down to the point she can live at home in a family. And the year I got two book contracts after wanting to be a writer for 20 years. And the year that, even though we’ve made less than the federal poverty level in income, we are not greatly in debt. How can that be??

Because. . . if we’ll let God be great in our lives, He will be to us more than anything we could ever miss, lose, grieve, or long for.

Because. . . if we’ll trust He forgives us, we can live in peace with respect to all the mistakes we’ve made or will make.

Because. . . if we believe He is present—even if we don’t feel like He is—we will find our struggling way to God in even the tightest spaces and darkest places, and we will know the deep-down truth that we’re not alone.

When we trust who God is, no year, challenge or circumstance can break us. It all becomes one grand stage on which God performs miracles. {Tweet this}

What dreams are you dreaming for 2014? Are you willing to hold them out with open hands, and have perhaps not the easiest, but certainly the greatest year of your life?

Let’s do it!

Your friend in believing,

Laurie

Linking up today with fellow God-sized dreamers over at GodSizedDreams.com.

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  1. Judy Royal Glenn says

    Hey Laurie:) I’m Alycia’s friend. Glad she helped me find your blog! Blessings to you this year. God is good!!!! ~ Judy

    • says

      Oh how I wish I could say I trust Him with everything. . . I strive to do so and hope to do so, but I fail at that on a regular basis. Grateful for moments like these to reflect and give Him credit for the moments that seemed so murky as they happened!

  2. Kathy Bolduc says

    “There are years that shred us, but can be years we see the most growth. ” I have found this to be so true in my own life. Thanks for the reminder, Laurie! My husband and I are looking forward to 2014 as one of our best years ever, as we give it all over to God!

  3. says

    “One grand stage where God performs miracles…” Yes! So true, and I’m leaning in to whatever He gives and looking to see the miracles he has in store, and giving Him thanks for it all…

  4. Angie Ryg says

    “Because. . . if we’ll let God be great in our lives, He will be to us more than anything we could ever miss, lose, grieve, or long for.”

    Oh, after longing for similar things, I am little by little figuring out that God must be made bigger than my dreams. Thank you for this inspiring post! I am thrilled for your book contracts! And you will see my late night tweets cheering you on! 🙂

  5. Denie Sidney says

    Thank you for such heart-felt encouragement. This blessed my soul. So appropriate for the season my family is going through. Thanks again. God bless. So glad God allowed me to find you thru Not Alone.

  6. Beth B says

    Wow… this one brought me to tears… “Because. . . if we believe He is present—even if we don’t feel like He is—we will find our struggling way to God in even the tightest spaces and darkest places, and we will know the deep-down truth that we’re not alone.” Thanks for all the encouraging words you share. Love and hugs to you and prayers for blessings in the new year!

  7. says

    Yes, let’s do it! Such an inspiring post, Laurie–both that man’s story and yours. I admire your strength, your perseverance, and your perspective. And I’m so happy for you about your writing journey and your two book contracts. I know how hard it can be to be a writer sometimes, and I couldn’t be happier for you! Big dreams, and big things, to come!