Updated: Jan 1, 2020
Every year on New Year's Eve I like to go through my journal and my "blessings jar" that I filled throughout the year with special memories, prayers and blessings I had written down.
I've come to really love this tradition, as the unfolding of each piece of paper in my jar, and the turn of every journal page, reveals the many ways I had forgotten the Lord had provided. It typically brings tears to my eyes, and a heart full of thankfulness! This past year brought unexpected opportunities that I never would have dreamed up at the start of 2019, from my first experience being involved with VBS (Vacation Bible School), to sharing my testimony at a women's fellowship. There were also unexpected blessings like my favorite women's Bible study being rekindled, to spending more time in prayer with a good friend, and even to the Lord providing us with a big discount on an expensive medication that helps with my Lyme disease symptoms.
As with life, not all memories every year are happy ones, but each reflection offers us a moment to celebrate the faithfulness of a loving God. Along with our own good times this year, there were trials, losses, health struggles and uncertainties, but the Lord in His way and His timing brought us through them all with His wisdom, guidance, provision, comfort and healing. I hope as you look back on your own 2019, you will see His hand at work in every moment, using the good and the bad to increase your faith and draw you closer to Him!
As we thank the Lord for all He has done this past year, we look forward to the next one. I know that the New Year inspires resolutions and goal setting, but I would like to share my one and only "goal" each new year. It's a prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Colossae:
"We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that: you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God"
These 5 things wrapped up in one heartfelt prayer are my only goal at the start of each new year, and I pray this for you as well! It's a result of the work He does in us each day as we simply show up in prayer and Bible study. And lets remember, with the Lord fresh starts are not once a year, but thank God that "His mercies are new every morning"! (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Thank you for all of your support this year! God bless you in 2020, and always!