The Urban dictionary defines the “Christ Year” as “being 33 years old, the year Christ died, a year of adventure, growing wisdom and, fulfilling prophecies/promises,” and I cannot help but get excited by this!
I recently celebrated my 33rd Birthday and from the way things have been shaping up, I 100% believe that I am stepping into some new adventures and fulfilled promises! Thank you Jesus! The past 3 years have been really rough to say the least; I went through some things that caused me a lot of pain and heartache. But I am grateful for every moment because I learned to ‘die to self’. I learned that my life is not just for me but that I was placed on this earth to fulfil a purpose and a plan for God’s Kingdom.
Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would have been in a position to be fighting for my marriage after my husband practically moved on. But God! He told me to “Go back, try again and not quit!” At the time I couldn’t understand why but I had to be obedient and trust that He sees the bigger picture! I had to stand on the Word and His promise that He “has a plan to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust me, it was not easy but I can safely say that this is the year for resurrection!
Last year, 2017 for my birthday my husband was in another country, with another woman! It’s hard to share these things sometimes because it’s embarrassing! I imagine people saying “what’s wrong with you?” “Have you lost your mind?” “Why do you still want to be with this man?” And trust me, I asked God those same questions several times, but like I said, He sees the bigger picture. He knows that there are lives to be changed and saved, generational curses and strongholds to be broken and ministries to be built! Glory to God!
A few days before my birthday I was discussing possible plans with my husband and the fact that he was not there last year came up and he was like “But I am here now!” That statement spoke volumes to me in terms of where our marriage is heading etc. but I believe it also speaks to other people’s situations. Jesus wants you to know that you may have been hurt in the past but, “He is here now!” You may be on the verge of divorce but, “He is here now!” You may be in debt but, “He is here now.” You may have been single for 10 years but, “He is here now!” Your children may be heading down the wrong path but, “He is here now!” And once He is here we know that anything is possible!
Before my separation, God was not the center of my life or my marriage so things kept slowly going downhill. Once I gave up control and started living for Him, everything changed! Now, my husband also wants to live for God and do things His way! He says things to me like “God is the head of my life and I’m the head of my household so I know what I need to do.” (I can’t remember his exact words but something like that). He also quotes scripture to me and sends me prayers and video clips from sermons and people talking about God! If I didn’t live it myself, I would have found it hard to believe, but God!
I am in no way likening myself to Christ but I really feel like, the past 3 years was my crucifixion and this 33rd year is my resurrection! I’m ready to live in my purpose and do what I was placed on this earth to do! I’m ready for adventures, increased wisdom and fulfilled promises! I give thanks and praise to the Almighty for everything that I have been through because all glory and honor belongs to Him! I’m walking into my ‘Christ year’ like…Hallelujah, Praise be to God!!!
It is my hope that my story can help inspire somebody else. This life is not easy but remember God “never leaves us nor forsakes us!” (Hebrews 13:5).
Just doing my Father’s work!