1. I so identify with your hurts and longings, Michelle, and those dreadful effects of sexual abuse concerning our view of God or of ourselves. Yes, I will join you in wanting to know God more fully! I have decided my One Word will be “open.” I want to open my heart to deeper healing. I plan to have a post ready next week Tuesday with more details. I love the prayer and am praying it with you. May God show you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may come to know Him more in this coming year! Hugs!

    1. I love your word, Trudy and I can’t wait to read your post!! Thank you so much for your encouragement – you are truly a blessing to me. I look forward to praising Him for the work He will continue to do in each of us! Blessings to you in 2016! Happy New Year!

      1. Thank you, Michelle. I’m so grateful I can encourage you through this journey of healing. You certainly are a blessing to me as well. When I read your posts, I feel less alone. Let’s hold hands and together look forward to praising Him for what He will continue to work in each of us. 🙂 He has promised to get us through it all, and His promises never fail! Big hugs!

  2. Power packed message.
    I’ve pinned each photo on my Encouragement board in Pinterest. Others need this message.
    Michelle, may the Lord shower you with His favor in this new year.
    Shine on!

  3. What beautiful encouragement for the new year, Michelle. I needed this! Thank you for sharing with such vulnerability and hope. I pray that God blesses you more and more as you know Him better in 2016! My word is “abide,” and my prayer is that I know God more as I learn how to abide better with Him too.

  4. I appreciate these encouraging words here. I was just feeling down in my spirit about the Lord not knowing what *I* need, but you’re reminding me that the more I know *Him*, the more I’ll see how crazy that thought is. Of course he does know me fully, and he invites me to know him more fully too. Thanks!

  5. Michelle, this was absolutely stunning. I had one of those rough days today and such a long and worried questioning time with God. This was a blessing. Funny how a post from days ago can be so timely. Love your word Michelle! I haven’t chosen a word this year, but my heart’s cry has been exactly what you have shared. Thanks. 🙂

    1. Hey Kelly!! Thank you for stopping by and I am so thankful you were blessed on a rough day. I love HIS timing – incredible and amazing. Praying He gives you your heart’s cry for 2016! Big hugs to you!

  6. Dear Michelle, I have not been in your blog for a quiet while. It is so refresh, encouraging. it is just what I want to do in 2016 to know Him more. My word for 2016 is Focus and Joy. To Focus on The Lord and His Word. Be Joy in all things.

    1. Yanzhen, I love your words – Focus and Joy. Very powerful and I can’t wait to see what He shows you in 2016! Happy New Year to you and thank you for your kind words! You are a blessing to me, and I thank the Lord for our friendship!

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