Every December men and women of God cast their visions for the upcoming year as given to them by the Holy Spirit. Most are filled with hope and optimism for the things to come. The vision God has given me is positive as well but it comes with a disclaimer: In 2017 God is going to bless you with double but you’re going to have to go through some trouble to get it.

For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. Isaiah 61:7

Many have proclaimed, “God gave me double for my trouble,” and we all rejoice with them. Perhaps in naivety, some look over the intense struggle, pain and disappointment that proceeded that glory.

2016 was the best year yet for my marriage, my family and my ministry. It was the best because God trusted us with trouble.

It started in January when my 2-year old fell severely lethargic. I rushed him to the hospital to discover that he had lost 60% of his blood via splenic sequestration. I was 9 months pregnant with our “miracle” baby, my husband was 1,000s of miles away on deployment and my oldest son was dying in front of me.

I’ll never forget the look of uncertainty and worry on the doctor’s face. But, my faith in God NEVER wavered. Somehow He was going to make a way.

After a year of praying, tear-stained pillows and disappointments I finally gave birth to a healthy baby boy–Joshua. But, I spent the next four months with this bundle of joy alone as my husband was still deployed. My heart hurt for him because as great of a Marine he is, I know he wanted to be home with us.

In March, my oldest son suffered another splenic sequestration. It happened so suddenly the only thing I could do was call 911. After the paramedics arrived I ran behind them to the ambulance and outside were all of my neighbors. Their faces were filled with worry and concern as they saw my now 3-year old on a stretcher and my 3 month old in my arms. But my faith NEVER wavered. Not because God had did it before, I was trusting Him to do a new thing: strengthen me to be the mother I needed to be for two children, one of which was chronically ill and one just a few months old; all while my husband is away in a foreign country. Did I mention we are on an overseas tour of duty? So all family that could help us are also thousands of miles away.

By September, the vision God had given me for Pretty in Pink Empowerment Academy for Girls was coming to fruition. I was able to bless over 30 girls and their families. Soon the Academy spread to Germany, Japan, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Arkansas.

God continued to blow my mind when he gave my husband The Golden Boys Empowerment Academy for Young Men. He’s just getting started and there are already brothers wanting to expand to Ghana and Germany.

My husband and I went into worship and prayer on Christmas Day and the Spirit of God was so heavy and The Lord spoke so clear: “I could trust you with trouble.” This year was so tough yet so blessed because God could trust us with trouble. Trouble with health, trouble with finances, trouble with our relationship, trouble with spiritual life but we endured hardness as good soldiers. We never lost our praise, we kept God first. We believed in what we could not see and God indeed blessed us with DOUBLE on top of DOUBLE!!

2017 will be an amazing year for you, where you will learn more and more about your God. And that knowledge of God is the greatest gift. Stand strong through every trial and tribulation. Let God know that He can trust you with trouble to obtain your double.

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