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The Past Four Years // Of God’s Faithfulness

Five years ago, if you had asked me how I’ve seen God work in my life, I’d have no clue as to what you meant. In fact, I probably would have though you as crazy to ask me such a question. Thankfully, the Lord has taught me a lot since then, of which I am very thankful. No, it hasn’t always been easy, but without all these trials, I don’t think I’d be where I am today (spiritually speaking).

2017: The year started out (what seemed) bad. On January 2, my grandma was sick. At my eleven years of age, I didn’t realize how sick she was. Lacey and I stayed at our cousin’s house that day while our mom went to see our grandma. (Hint #1: when your mom doesn’t take you to the place you go almost every week, there’s something wrong.) Later that week, we went to our grandmother’s house. Little did I know that would be the first, the last, and the only time that year I’d see her on earth.

That Friday, we were at Walmart when my uncle called. We left immediately and my mom called my dad’s sister to come babysit us. When my dad got home later, we found out our grandma was taken to the hospital. To make matters worse, that Saturday our dad was sick and we missed church. Two days later, my mom came home and told us our grandma was dying.

This was one of the best/worst memories of my life. But you know what? Sometimes it’s the worse things that bring you closer to Christ. And technically, it wasn’t bad because, while I don’t have my grandma here on earth, I know I shall see her one day in heaven.

Even though 2017 started out “bad”, it got better! That May (my FAVORITE month), we got to go on vacation. (We hadn’t gone on vacation since ’13, and this is our most recent vacation.) This was not just any vacation, though, this was to the beach! Us girls had never been to the beach until then. The way God made a way for us to go–it was a way only He could work out.

Photo credit: my dad

2018: January of 2018, my dad’s boss tried to fire him. When that didn’t work, he cut his hours to 30-something hours a week. Daddy got a new job at Toyota on Jan. 31, but the work was too hard on his hands (to this day, his hands still have a few problems). On March 24, he got a new job at a construction place.

We also moved in the middle on 2018. We sold our house faster than we could find one. Somehow, we ended up getting this house, the one we’re currently living. No one like this house, and no one knows why we bought it.

Two weeks before Christmas, my dad got laid off. Even during those hard time, God still provided. We all learned a lot that month. We never went hungry, all the bills somehow got paid, no one got hurt even though we didn’t have insurance, and, miraculously, Lacey and I were able to continue piano lessons.

2019: My dad was still laid off. He got a job at the end of January. And he still has the same job to this day. (Random sidenote: my journal doesn’t have much to say because I was pretending it was my blog….LOL) In February, I started my blog (on blogger).

2020: The year of ultimate trust. I think you all know why. If I had been in charge of the world, we wouldn’t have had COVID or lockdown. I grew more spiritually in 2020. 2020 taught me a lot of things–trust, contentment, gratitude, to name a few…

I’m very thankful COVID hasn’t bothered us or our church, and that we haven’t gone in lockdown again since then.

2021: The year just started, but so much has happened already–a family at church had a baby, another family at church had a loved one die, I started this (new) blog, and one of my closest friends now lives across the ocean. Only God knows what this year will hold, and even when it’s hard, I’m going to trust in Him. He’s seen our family through all of these trials, and I know He’ll see us through whatever else is to come. He’s been with us even during the hardest trials.

The day I’m writing this (Feb. 5) marks my 15th year in the US. I’m very thankful God pulled me out of one of the worse countries for Christianity and brought me to the US. Otherwise, I may have never learned of the Gospel.

-Lilly-

P.S.

If you’ve never kept a diary, I suggest you start now! I wouldn’t have remembered all of this had I not wrote most of it down in my diary. Not to mention, you can really see how the Lord’s worked in your life when you look back at in in the future (Lord-willing).

21 thoughts on “The Past Four Years // Of God’s Faithfulness”

  1. This was such a lovely post, Lilly! I love looking back over my numerous journals and seeing God’s faithfulness in my life. I can identify with not having a ton of money, but being okay with that because God provides. I haven’t always liked having to watch expenses and not get anything you want, but seeing the hundreds (literally!!) of times God has brought money or food or other provisions through people is so amazing. We can trust our marvelous God! He always provides.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed, Grace. I’ve never liked (and still don’t like) having to watch expenses, but it’s taught me a lot and I have become wiser with money because of the experiences. It definitely helps determine your needs and wants! I’m so thankful we have a God Who always provides for our needs!

  2. Wow! That was very interesting! I am very thankful for all of the ways that God draws us closer to Him (even when it’s painful). I try to write in my diary often but it doesn’t usually happen! 😂 Thank you so much for posting this!

    1. Glad you enjoyed, Abigail! Yes! Thank you for being such a good friend during all these trials. You should start journaling more often–it’ll definitely be a blessing in the future!

  3. This was such a beautiful post, I loved reading about how you’ve grown over these pat years! It’s so special to be able to look back and see that even though things were hard, there was so much good that came from it all!

  4. This was an interesting post! It is a blessing to see through journal entries how God has worked in lives. Which reminds me: I recently read “Ann Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma”, by Sharon James, and that book included journal entries by Mrs. Ann Judson which were encouraging!
    I enjoy journaling… although my schedule consists of “whenever something exciting/memorable happens”. Thus, my consistency varies dramatically… and 2020 was a year in which I wrote a lot. 😉

    1. Thanks for reading, Leona! Oh, that book sounds really good! I used to journal that way, except I’d forget and go months without writing…

      1. Yes, that’s the way it goes for me sometimes… xD Maybe I should make a goal to journal weekly! I’ll have to consider that…

  5. Aww i loved this! I feel the same way…. i would never remember anything if i hadn’t written it down or posted it on my blog 🙂

  6. Lovely post Lilly! ❤ I love looking back and seeing how God has worked in my life, even when at time it felt everything was going downhill. It reminds me of what James 1:2-3 says, "Count it all joy by brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance."

    Love your blog Lilly! God bless!!

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