2016 was a year for the books.  I'm not entirely sure which books, or where to place it, but it was definitely noteworthy.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In 2016 my husband ran for office.
In 2016 our daughter's life was spared, in not one, but TWO car wrecks.
In 2016 our son's car finally gave out.
In 2016 our sweet cat, Monster-Mash, died of a heart attack.
In 2016 our family faced great heartbreak in more than one relationship.

On the other side of the coin...
In 2016 I fought breast cancer and won.
In 2016 my husband won, not one, but THREE elections, making him our county's next Court Clerk.
In 2016 our daughter's life was spared and God generously replaced all of the cars we lost.
In 2016 our family learned about forgiveness, love, difficult decisions and how to move forward while hurting.

So, perhaps you see my dilemma...what book could possibly hold all of this, and what title would I give it?
The year we survived?
We did much more than merely survive.
We held onto the mighty warrior that is our God, and allowed Him to guide us through the storm, the desert and the valley...all at once.

We learned that He is faithful.
We learned that we are weak.
We learned that with Him all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

And, we learned that life will happen when you are ready for it.  Life will happen when you are not. Life has an agenda that may or may not be in line with yours.
Better to go with God...than without.
Only He knows what lies ahead...


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