This is going to be a very open and honest post.
2014 was a tough year for my spiritual life. I dealt with a lot of different emotions and feelings towards and about God after losing Janet and we were very inconsistent in our church attendance. We got up and went to church as a family yesterday and heard a great message (honestly exactly what Bryan and I needed to hear) with a 40 day bible reading challenge. They gave us blank journals so we could write our own books this year and really dive deeply into God's word. My mom also gave me the book " You're Already Amazing" by Holley Gerth and we are going to start reading it this week together. I can already tell it's going to be great for this time in my life.
I never lost my belief in God or doubted that He was, in fact, Good and had a plan for all of this. I have just been in a place of apathy. I didn't want to think about it. I had no desire to further my relationship with Him. My feelings were hurt (because I'm human...) and I needed to heal.
I can't say that I've healed at all. Time has passed and made it more bearable. I know I need God for me to completely heal, so that's where I am. Bryan asked me the other day if I had blogged about his mom lately, and maybe some of you are wondering that too, and the answer is no, I haven't. I'm not sure why other than it just kind of falls in with all of this. I don't know what to say. Her faith never wavered and yet mine has... so I do have a post about her and how our family is coping a year later swirling around in my head, I just haven't sat down to bring it to fruition yet. It's coming, just not sure when.
Last year I gave myself a physical transformation and while I am still working on that, I am in desperate need of a spiritual transformation as well. So here's to 2015 and writing my own story.
So to go with this, my friends at Redeemed Jewelry are giving away my very favorite necklace to one of YOU. I bought this necklace last summer and wear it nonstop. I actually gave mine to Jordan at her baby shower because this song was one of Janet's favorites and I have been missing having it to wear. I told the girls at Redeemed Jewelry my story after I placed another order yesterday and they're replacing mine and giving one to one of you!
They've also activated a coupon code for 10% off of your order: CHOOSEJOY10 until January 10! The giveaway will close Wednesday, Jan 7th at 8 pm cst. I'll announce the winner on Thursday.
In order to qualify for the giveaway:
1. Follow Redeemed Jewelry on Instagram.
2. Heart Redeemed Jewelry on Etsy.
3. Repost on IG with #redeemedjewelryjoygiveaway
3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which item you would like from their shop and include if you did steps 1-3!
I'm not opening a Rafflecopter this time so the only way I will know that you entered is by leaving a blog comment!
Happy Monday and Good Luck!