wow. 2018 has went by so fast!!! i remember Halloween being here and then Thanksgiving went by like a lightning bolt. by the time we know it it’ll be Christmas. boy does time go by fast. like extremely fast… yes, i get it, it’s not even in the halfway point of December, but i wanted to write this ahead of time. here it is friends :: front and center on Zach being vulnerable. i hope you can feel God resonate in this blog!!!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9

let me be honest… 2018 was a heck of a ride. i learned so much about who i am and who God truly is. i battled with insecurity, making friends, worrying, and my future. some of these are struggles typical 20 something-year-olds encounter but God was truly testing me. some days it went from tears (but not often) to anger at Jesus. I was angry at Jesus for many reasons. 1. i felt ugly and every time i looked in the mirror; it backed up that opinion. 2. friends just weren’t the easiest for me and i felt God was going silent on my prayers. 3. worrying is a huge one for me — always worrying on what i can’t change or some dumb little thing. 4. my future — taking a year off college truly helped me gather my life and what i wanted to do with it, but sometimes i forgot to ask God for guidance and direction. let me tell ya though… not every day was a mess or “blah”. somedays i felt God more than others and somedays i felt God was 10 billion miles away. but that wasn’t always the case my sweet friends — throughout all of 2018 :: God was there every single day.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. — Deuteronomy 31:16

“God was there every single day” !!!! to me, that statement in itself is so powerful. 2018 was one heck of a rollercoaster no doubt about it. but my God was there when i conquered the mountains and He was there to celebrate the valleys just like He is for you my awesome pals!! in every day of this wondrous life, He is there for you. He is there when you need Him and sometimes He comes in unexpectedly answering your prayers you may have forgotten about. through the valley and through the mountains — Our God was there and He’s never left.

i just want to thank God for letting me become more vulnerable in 2018 and letting my honesty shine in this lil writing of mine. without God, it would be one bumpy and rough road. let me leave you with this one last piece of encouragement that i learned this year — not every day will turn out bad and a mess. you can’t say “2018 was a terrible year” because that’s going a bit extreme. be positive and go into every day being happy and having an upbeat attitude. like what my mama used to say :: “your day is what you make of it, you can choose to wake up dreading the day to come or choose to take the day by the rears and conquer it. you decide”. oK not exactly what she said but it was along the lines of it. BE POSITIVE. TRUST IN GOD and KNOW HE’S WITH YOU EVERY STEP !!!

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