A Reflection on 2023 & Hope for 2024

A Reflection on Life Lately

Making a Comeback in 2024

This is my first post after taking a break from blogging. A lot has happened since my last post which was published in 2021. I learned what it was like to transition from being a mother of two toddlers to having three children. I experienced some health struggles in 2022 and 2023. Two of our children have started the journey of going to school. So many joys and challenges. So many blessings to be grateful for and trials to learn from. I truly believe God never gives you more than you can handle. There is purpose in suffering and it helps you grow closer to God. I have been so blessed to have had and still have an amazing support system including my husband, Kenny, my children, family, and friends.

Sharing My Diagnosis

I have gone back and forth for several months about if I wanted to share my diagnosis through my blog. Obviously Kenny, close family, and friends have known, but I’ve decided now is the time to share it with the rest of the community. In December of 2022, I finally was given a diagnosis. I have a form of Irritable Bowl Disease called Chron’s. I have also dealt with SIBO and most likely IBS. I never expected to be diagnosed with a disease as a 36 year old. It felt like my world got flipped upside down starting in May of 2022 and it was very overwhelming. While I am in a better place now and starting to heal, I realize that this is something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. Currently, there is no cure, but there are several promising treatments.

I hesitated sharing my diagnosis because I don’t want to be looked at differently. I am the same person but different. I am not my diagnosis.

That being said, Chron’s is my new reality and part of my life. I am working on accepting and embracing this change. Writing this post is a way to help me heal emotionally. I need to share this instead of bottling it up and hiding it. Everybody handles seeing or hearing the diagnosis of a chronic illness differently. Some choose to be more private about it and that is perfectly fine. I thought that was what I needed to do but after thinking about it and praying about it, I have decided that I am ready to be more open about it. I am hoping that in doing this, I might be able to help someone out there that has been struggling.

Word of the Year

My word of the year for 2024 is acceptance. I have come to the realization that accepting God’s will is the true path for me. Sometimes I want to question Him and say, Why? This doesn’t make sense. This isn’t fair. Why is this happening to me? There is absolutely nothing wrong with questioning God. He expects us to do this especially during times of trials and suffering. We are after all human. We need to ask God for faith. I am in a much better spot now but often times worry about when the next setback will come. I accept that another one will probably come at some point but that God will get me through it. I will also learn something from it.

Continuing with Blogging

I am excited to continue on with my blogging journey. I feel like now is finally the right time to start back up again. I am going to continue to blog about the topics I have blogged about in the past, but also possibly dive into some other topics including chronic illness. Stay tuned for 2024 blog posts! I can’t wait to have you along the ride with me! Happy New Year!

I Want to Hear From You!

If you are so inclined, feel free to share your word of the year, New Year’s Resolutions, and/ or hopes for 2024. Any reflections on 2023 are also welcome!

Praying for you,

Marie

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6 Comments

  1. Love your theme word of the year and glad you’re back blogging. Happy you made a comeback and wishing the best! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

  2. Congratulations on your comeback! You’re going to hit milestones this year. I can relate to your condition. I’m also treating GERD. I’ve been for a year now. I pray God miraculously heals me. My word for the year is LIMITLESSNESS. Thanks for your prayers.

    1. Thank you so much! I am praying for you and I love your word of the year!!

  3. May God bless your perseverance, as you get back into the blogging world, amidst your new challenges! Prayers for healing too!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words and prayers! Praying for you also!

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