“I love the person I’ve become, because I fought to become her.” ~Kaci Diane

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Think back ten years ago, five years ago, even just one year ago. Who were you then? What were you doing? What dreams, goals, and aspirations did you have? Are any of them true now? Was there anything that came up that was not part of your plan?

I believe that last question is an understatement. Most of what I had in mind one year ago, much less ten years ago, has drastically changed. Life threw curveballs at me left and right. It was just one thing after another. Before I could fully accept one thing, here comes something else! I was happy, sad, angry, depressed, lost, confused, hopeful, afraid, all not necessarily in that order. I had to adjust, had to adapt to the rapidly changing pace my life had turned into. I desperately needed the love, encouragement, and strength of my family, closest friends, and God most of all, to keep myself going. I had fallen away from God at the time, but never once did He give up on me. All that has happened in this past year alone is proof of that.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Never has this verse been more apparent to me than it is now. He knows what’s best, knows the paths we should follow, He opens doors I never thought were even possible. All the challenges that I’ve faced have shaped me into the person I am today. The mistakes I made, I’ve learned from them. I’m stronger because of them. I still have a ways to go, but I know with God’s help I will get there. God has a way of bringing out the best version of ourselves if we will just open our eyes and hearts to what He’s showing us. Take a leap of faith and trust that there is a light at the end of this road.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” (Ephesians 1:18).

“Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.”

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