A Most Difficult Year

Of all the mediums to carry thought and creativity, I find the written word still standing above the rest.

Even in digital form there seems to be a permanence, the essence of a planted flag, when we write our thoughts for all to see.


2018 has been the most challenging year in the life of my family, and for me personally. Physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. I rarely find reason to share life’s difficulties in public, and last year certainly had its share of good moments, but it has been solely by God’s grace we made it through 2018.

Many arduous lessons were learned, a good measure of them by utter and repeated failure. There is no greater teacher, and no clearer mirror, than suffering. He is relentless, never tiring, will reveal what you are made of, and what you are capable of.

The challenges are not over, but knowing what my family has overcome thus far I’m optimistic about the future. Amidst this season, I have wondered if it is time to record some of these lessons learned.

In 2015 I wrote a blog every day. 365 pages of ideas and struggles. Not sure if I can promise a daily entry, but if there’s one thing I want to do more in 2019 it is writing.

Maybe you’ll join me, and perhaps what I am learning through struggle can help you in the future as well.

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I pray you remember the lessons that time and difficulty taught you last year, and go into 2019 with clear sight, an open heart, and a renewed mind.

Stephen Robles