Hard Lessons I Learned in 2019

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Can you believe in just a few hours 2019 will be over? It has been undoubtedly a long and difficult year. 2019 was definitely a roller coaster ride with twist and turns, ups and downs and unexpected bumps beyond what I could have imagined. As for the start of the year, I was hopeful that it would be a year that everything would fall into place. But it was not the year I expected at all, it was just another version of the years before.

However, as the year comes to an end, despite everything that has happened or what hasn’t happened yet, as I heard my Apostle say, I am hoping against hope. Maybe you can relate. Maybe for you your life has been unpredictable, but that is how life works. That’s why we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The lessons we learn in the midst of challenges are all a part of the purpose and plan in which God has for us.

Here a are a few lessons that I learned in 2019:

  • It is not and will never be my job to change other people
  • There are people who care deeply about me, but I can tend to think I don’t have anyone because I want approval from the wrong people
  • Don’t worry about the future. Eventually, everything will fall into place in God’s perfect timing
  • Pain is not my fault, but healing is my responsibility
  • No matter how much someone mistreats you, never mistreat them back no matter how much you may want to (Luke 6:27-36)
  • You won’t grow and things won’t change until you make the effort to be different (James 2:14-26)
  • Don’t allow yourself to be treated like a doormat just because you have a physical disability
  • Have the encourage and self-respect for yourself to stand up for yourself against people who continuously violated your boundaries and disrespect you
  • Don’t settle for mediocrity
  • Nothing will be the same in a year (this too shall pass)

If it were not for the failures, setbacks, disappointments and difficulties you would not be the person you are right now. So, even through the challenges and irritation, believe it or not, it helped you to grow into the person you were destined to be. No matter how big or small the changes were, the only thing that matters is the effort you have put in for your healing and improving yourself. 2019 was indeed a hell of a ride, but it was a ride that helped you get to your next level; the level you are ready for because you’ve mastered the level you are currently on.

What are some great lessons you learned this year?

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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11 thoughts on “Hard Lessons I Learned in 2019”

  1. I learned the importance of being who I am in Christ regardless of what others are doing (even other Christians). It pays off because people will see the difference in you, and can see you are a genuine Christian.

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  2. I learned I am to please God, not man. When I truly understood and acted upon that in faith, the Holy Spirit was able to navigate my spiritual endeavors into glorifying God. I feel so blessed aiming to please God, not man.

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    1. Thank you for sharing Ms. Tangie!

      That is a powerful lesson! God did not create us to be what somebody else wants us to be. If we are going to be all we can be in the Kingdom, we have to refuse to be defined by others.

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  3. These are some wonderful lessons from 2019. One thing that comes to mind for me, is that the crushing of the Lord though painful, works godly sorrow, repentance and complete dependence on Him.

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    1. Thank you for reading! No one wants to go through the pruning process. But, to get to the place God wants to take us we must be able to stand in the “evil” day. The crushing times are necessary and they are processing times.

      Thank you for sharing and your contribution this post! God bless and be encouraged woman of God!

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  4. You learned some very important lessons in 2019. Thank you for sharing them. I especially related to, “Don’t worry about the future. Eventually, everything will fall into place in God’s perfect timing.” That is so important. It’s also important to remember that even though we need to be responsible in aiding our healing process, we cannot heal without God’s healing grace. Ultimately He is in charge there, too. Let Him be!! I learned in 2019 that life involves many twists and turns – and I need to let Him lead me through. I’m not in charge, He is. Let Him be! (BTW, I love your “handle” of “Precious One.” One of my husband’s nicknames for me (the one I like best) is “Precious.”

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    1. Thank you for your response Ms. JanBeek! Everything is according to His timing! Sometimes I can lose sight of this by becoming anxious but then the Holy Spirit reminds me of the scriptures, “do not worry” My Heavenly Father knows what I stand in need of, as I trust Him and I focus on Him and His Kingdom, He promises to take care of me!

      We definitely need God’s grace in our weakness and for helping us in our healing process but we have to be willing to release those issues to Him. A lot of times we say we want God to heal us while refusing to let go of the pain.

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