I have been thinking about starting a blog for a long time, and I have finally come around to it. I don’t expect anyone to read it, I am mainly doing it for my own personal progress. I recently got back from a conference called SMC in Oklahoma City. It was a 3 night conference through STUMO which contained several workshops about God and 2 main worship sessions each day. This conference was such a refreshment for me. As it is the start of a new year, I am dramatically changing my outlook on life. My New Years resolution was to seek God in every decision that I am faced with. So far, that is working out great for me. 🙂 Many of you who know me know that my family could have it’s own reality TV show. (I would not have it any other way…I love my family.) At the SMC conference, I was surrounded by nothing but positivity. I mean, how great is that? Of course, I had to snap back into reality when I came home. My aunt has been fighting a tough battle for over 2 years now, and when I came home, I was quick to realize that the battle she has been fighting for so long might be coming to an unfortunate end. She is tired, she is not getting better, and she is currently in rehab. There are several other issues surrounding my family (pray for us), but I am not here to pity myself or to make my problems known. I am here to share that there is peace and joy and hope in every bad situation. Something good comes out of EVERY bad situation. A verse that has stuck with me this past week is Proverbs 3:5-6. It states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.” If it were up to me, and if I leaned on my own understanding, my cousin would be out of jail, my mom would be in paradise because she deserves it with all that she puts up with, my aunt would be on her feet decorating houses and baking like she used to, and so on. But my plan is no good. God’s plan for our lives far exceeds the circumstances of each day. Because of these hard times that my family is facing, my ENTIRE family has been saved through Jesus. God took things away from us to bring us closer to him. There is no place as comforting as God. I know that there are FAR more harder circumstances that other people are facing. My problems are so small compared to so many other problems, but, I hope that anyone who reads this that is facing a problem turns to God to find hope in every situation.