(By Jennifer Leclaire) In his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, British writer Charles Dickens opened his books with words that I can relate to: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I don’t know about you, but that describes my 2016. There were tremendous breakthroughs, but there was also tremendous warfare. There were many new kingdom relationships formed, but some were also lost to spiritual combat. There were many new doors of opportunity, but there was also tremendous pressure! I’ve learned we do more spiritual growing during the hard times than we do during the easy times—and God is faithful.

Every year at this time I look back on the last 12 months. I take account of the good times and the bad times—I thank God. And then I declare that the coming year is going to be my year! As part of this process, though, I am also careful to leave the past in the past. I know if I want to freely walk through the divine doors God is setting before me I need to leave the pain of the past season behind. See, I take God at His Word: READ MORE