By Briaina Webster

As the year comes to an end, a lot of us will start to reflect on all the negative. Why is it when we reflect over our lives or start writing out new year’s resolutions, we ponder on all the negative? A few weeks ago, I applied for various jobs and speaking engagements. A couple of weeks later, all in the same week, I got responses from most of them. Monday I received an email saying another candidate was chosen for the job. Tuesday I received notification that my speaking proposal was not accepted. I was a little bombed, but I didn’t let it steal my joy. I continued to thank GOD for His blessings and told Him how much I trusted Him. Wednesday I got an email notification that my application was being moved to the next level for a position I REALLY wanted. Then that Thursday I received an email that my speaking proposal had been accepted for a conference I REALLY wanted. If there’s one thing I can say to you as you’re reflecting over your year and preparing for your resolutions, is to reframe how you see those negative experiences. In all things give thanks! In one week, I received two yes and two no, but the yes were for the things I REALLY wanted. We must remember we are GOD’s children, and not only does He know what’s best for us, but He will also give us the desires of our hearts. Just keep trusting, never doubting, never wavering when things go bad. In all things, including the hard things, give thanks! Reflect on the following scriptures this week.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

James 1: 2-3
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience.


  1. Thank you, Briaina, for this inspiring testimony as a devotion . I’m reminded of Psalms 23: 4. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me”. In life we Will go through questionable challenges but we can hold to the two words, ” Walk Through” knowing God’s Holy Spirit is leading the way. Truly “In all things, including the hard things give thanks” is an excellent New Years Resolutiin.


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