Challenges, Speedbumps, and Mountains

I started off 2016/ended 2015 with this facebook status:

Honestly, I’m glad that 2015 is going to be in the rearview mirror. Praying that 2016’s challenges and speedbumps and mountains will be weathered with God’s grace and strength, not my own.

And boy, what a 2016 it’s been so far.

Challenges, speedbumps, and mountains?  Check, check, and check.

I can’t give you all the details (because I don’t know all of them myself) but suffice it to say that every area of my life has been … well, for lack of any other words, jumbled up … this year.

I am facing a year of giant changes.  I don’t know yet where these changes will take me – or when.  But I do know that God is unchanging.  Unyielding.  Immovable.

I am facing a year of the unknown.  I don’t know what is going to happen in this year, but I do know that God is all-knowing.  All-loving.  All-powerful.

2016 not my own

I am facing more than a year of challenges – I am facing a lifetime.  A lifetime of things that I don’t expect, don’t understand, and won’t soon forget.  But it’s a lifetime of challenges weathered with the God of the Universe on my side.

I am facing more than a year of speedbumps – I am facing a lifetime.  Some speedbumps may throw me for a loop, while others may slow me down.  But it’s a lifetime of speedbumps faced with my God in the driver’s seat.

I am facing more than a year of mountains – I am facing a lifetime.  I will climb, and I will fall.  And when I get to the top, there will be more mountains to climb. But it’s a lifetime of climbing mountains with the Lord of Creation by my side.

I can’t do this, but God can.  And He will.  Every step of the way, He is with me.  No matter what challenges, speedbumps and mountains come my way, I will not be shaken.  I will not be moved.  Because my God is with me, and He will never leave or forsake me.  Amen and amen.


10 thoughts on “Challenges, Speedbumps, and Mountains

  1. Praying this verse for you today, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” Eph 3:20. You’re absolutely right…God can.

  2. I’m so glad we have a faithful God who will see us through those hardest times of life! 🙂 Unfortunately there will be times for sure! I’m just glad I have a Friend who cares and will not fail me!

  3. Hey Kristen,

    Very beautifully written and well said. Our family is facing many challenges, speed-bumps, and mountains as well. I love it when bloggers write openly and honestly about this, and share how they are choosing to trust God in the midst of the storms–as this always brings me encouragement and hope too. Thank you for sharing parts of your journey. I’m looking forward to hearing more about where God takes you in 2016 and am wishing you a blessed year as you trust Christ and tackle your mountains!

  4. Yes, God is more than capable to give you the strength for whatever might be around the next corner of your journey – you just have to keep walking with the King.

  5. I too am kinda glad that it is all behind me….and I am looking forward by faith to a better 2016. I know though that the same God who got me through 2015 will get me through again

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