Reflections of God’s Goodness in 2018

I’m sitting in the midst of Winter Storm Eboni as I reflect on 2018. This year began unlike any other year: I was awakened by the sound of gunshots in Dallas at 12:00 a.m. on January 1. My immediate thought was to drop to the ground, but I didn’t. I was informed that people celebrate by shooting toward the sky. My attention turned to the dream I had just dreamt. 

My first impression of the dream was that my life was about to change. I prayed for three weeks asking God what the dream meant and He revealed it all. I was to move and fairly quickly. He gave me the exact steps to follow, the timeline, and confirmation after confirmation. He gave me promises in moving forward. 

I had lived in Spearfish, S.D., for eight years and made many lifelong friends. I knew it wouldn’t be easy leaving, but I also knew of the joy that comes with obedience to God.  

After moving to Sioux Falls, I quickly connected with people at Sioux Falls First and have been volunteering there by taking photos. 

God is so good. He has been faithful. I lived forty percent of my days out of a suitcase. Until late September, I was never in the same place for more than 2.5 weeks. I have multiple suitcases. I would have one packed for a flight and have one at home packed for the follow-on road trip. I traveled to Nicaragua, England, Ukraine, South Africa and 13 U.S. states. God has kept me and everyone I’ve traveled with safe. 

A new nephew of mine arrived in early February. I finished Captain’s Career Course and was promoted to captain. I finished two semesters of graduate school. I also ran my fourth half marathon. I keep a goal of one per year. 

God has helped me with homework. Just this past semester He gave me the impression that He enjoys helping me research and draft my research papers. That makes late study nights more enjoyable. 

He has helped me understand His love for people more, and He has freed me in many ways. This year has been a very blessed and full year.  

No single scripture comes to mind for 2018. Instead, I’m reminded of the many times that God has given me scriptures for the situations I found myself in. I’m thankful that His word is alive and active.

As I look forward to 2019, I see that I hit the ground running with a road trip, training on sexual assault prevention, birthday parties, a speaking engagement, and a trip abroad. I’m looking forward to it all! 

In Him, 

Julieanne

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