During the holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the tasks on our plates. I love the winter months, but this year has been a hard one for me. I started out strong, and then somewhere along the way lost my drive. I got very depressed and problems kept piling up around me until I felt like I was buried alive with only a straw to breathe from.

I hit my valley. We all do. Life is full of them. But what do we do when we hit one?

I had two choices: 1) Lay down and cry or 2) Get down on my knees and pray. Sometimes God brings us to these low places so that we have to seek Him first. I had been depending on myself for the answers and just going about my business not worried if my plans aligned with God’s. Looking back at other valleys in my life, they all stem from me thinking I know what’s best.

Even though I’m a child of God, I make mistakes. But I also learn from them. I can turn around and get back on the path God’s created for me. I put myself in the valley, but with God’s help, we can climb out of it.

As I enter the final stages of this year, I’ve discovered it’s never too late to finish strong.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten back into working out and eating healthier. I’m really studying God’s Word instead of just reading it out of habit, and I’m listening for God’s guidance as I plan for next year. I’m writing again and enjoying making my crafts and jewelry. I’m excited for the Christmas lights and hot chocolate evenings with my family.

It’s okay to stumble in our walk with God, but don’t let it be your defining moment of the year. Let’s finish 2017 strong and show the devil he has no power.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.


Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”