By April Dye, Contributor to US Daily Review.

Another year has gone by.  A year is 365 days and so many things can happen in one year, yet sometimes they go by so fast.

Last year there were so many ups and downs for my family, my friends and myself.

My sister-in-law lost her 2-year battle with cancer.  Her daughter, my niece, got married and is expecting her first baby.

My best friend had a beautiful baby boy after losing a baby girl the previous year.  She also lost her oldest daughter in a tragic accident that has impacted their whole family and all of their friends.

Another friend had a beautiful baby girl.  That baby has a heart condition and will have surgery within the next few days.

My grandmother was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s.  It has made me take the time to visit her more often.  She is my last living grandparent.

My family went to Disney World.  Both my children got chicken pox after we got home.

In life there are good times and bad times.  No one’s life is perfect or without disappointments.

I try not to focus on the bad but try to find the good in everything.  I try not to focus on what I don’t have and focus on what I do.  Do I think God makes bad things happen to teach us a lesson or to punish us…no, I think there is a devil who loves sin and wants us to blame God for all his work.

Sadly, many times the devil wins because that is exactly what we do – for those of us who believe and even those who don’t.

Start this year with the goal of looking for the good in everything.  Appreciate the good when its there and remember when it isn’t and try to find a way to get it back.

Trust in God, listen to His Word and trust Him to guide you where you need to go.  Remember that He will never lead you where you aren’t able to go.

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year!!

April Dye is a Christian wife and mother of two. She loves to hang out with family, read, watch movies and television, and her job. You can follow her on face book at Vestal Dye and

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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