The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil. -Proverbs 16:4

The Lord has made ALL things for a purpose: His goodness and glory are revealed through ALL He has created. The Lord has made ALL things with a plan. It’s staggering to think that the wicked can and will be used for God’s glory as even this will display God’s righteousness and justice for punishing evil. It’s powerful when we realize that both good and evil are used for God’s glory. Even though….and Even if…….ALL THINGS are made for good and for God. It wasn’t enough to just say that the Lord made all things for Himself…..it is written as if it was answering our next question before we even asked it. Yes, even the wicked. Clearly, this was important to clarify.

I can’t believe we are less than 90 days away from closing out an entire decade! I can’t help but think back on the last 10 years and if I’m being honest with you, I’d rather just run towards the New Year’s Eve party and ring in the New Year and keep looking forward.

Looking back on these last 10 years is difficult for me. And I wouldn’t be surprised if looking back is difficult for you too.

Difficult because there’s been so much death and darkness.

It’s unbelievable, really. And the fact that I am still standing strong today is ONLY by the grace and goodness of God.

In 2010, I lost both my dad and younger sister just 6 months apart. In between those six months, I said goodbye to Nashville, Tennessee. It was always a dream of mine since I was little to live in Nashville and pursue my creative dreams, but after throwing a few fits [I won’t even pretend to be perfect] I surrendered and followed my husband to his hometown in Montana. After my son Ezra Brave was born in 2012, I had an early miscarriage in 2014, before losing my mom one week before Mother’s Day in 2015. My rainbow and sunshine came for me in the Fall of 2016 when my daughter Imogene Joy was born. Just as I so confidently thought that there was no more I could possibly lose, I was blindsided and devastated by the discovery of my husband’s unfaithfulness in our almost 14-year marriage. I fought hard that fall and winter of 2017 and 2018. The coffee shop that we opened together which I ran on the daily for 7 years…. was sold and closed. Being left as a single mom with a five-year-old and one-year-old- in what felt like the middle of nowhere Montana, with no family around…..was truly the greatest disappointment of my life. However, just 2 weeks ago today my kids and I moved out of the home that reminded us night after night of our heartbreaking season and into a beautiful home that we believe the Lord built for us…for such a time as this. The timing was spot on. He has and is surely turning this situation around.

So here I am…..looking back on a decade of grief upon grief with a few beautiful arrows in between, but when I put on my 20/20 glasses [you know I’ll be sporting these glittery ones on New Year’s Eve] I clearly see the grace after grace and the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Perspective is everything.

Clinging to Truth is what gets us through these hard days and helps us make sense of things that wouldn’t ever make sense on our own. I have to preach to myself daily. I’m desperate for the Lord to continue to walk me through daily consequences of a decision that I did not make for my children and I. But every day I choose to believe that YES, EVEN THE WICKED evil days of death, loss, and betrayal will not have the final say. Vengeance is not ours. The Lord fights our battles for us. AMEN and AMEN!

In Esther 7:7-8 Haman found his way to the end on the same instrument he had intended for the death of Mordecai, he was caught in his own trap against Mordecai.

The weapon against you may be formed…but it will not prosper.

Cling to Jesus in those hard, dark moments and realize that God has the power to always bring good out of heartbreaking situations.

– Kelli Trontel

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