This past year has been filled with changes. As you recall we moved back from Ohio in June. In September I resigned from my job after spending much time in prayer. My job was taking up precious time with my marriage and family. Eventually my job would have consumed me. As I have mentioned before my wife and I have installed filters over time. Those filters block anything that could quite possibly hurt or threaten our family. We let the good in and keep the poison out. The filter caught my job and didn't allow it through. It is a time of lots of questions right now, but we trust God that he will provide in all ways especially giving us direction. In May I lost my step mom, one of the people that was instrumental in putting our marriage back together. Not only that, but reuniting a family that had been all but destroyed. This Christmas our entire family celebrated it together. Something that hasn't happened in nine years. We had a wonderful time and it was obvious how God has healed every one of us.
As I was getting ready this morning I was thinking about the verse that best represented the past year and the next year to come. This verse is the old faithful.
Jeremiah 29:11 -
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
If I could give last year a theme, it would be rebuilding. It was a time of rebuilding for our marriage, our family, and many friendships that we had lost touch with. I am thankful for God's grace in our lives over the past year. The many blessings that God sent our way. I am thankful for God's timing in our lives over the past year as well. Yes there were times where we were impatient, but God always came through at the right time.
This next year we have already been making plans. I read something early today about setting goals. Goals need to be that of all shape and sizes. The key being not to have a lot of BIG goals. My wife and I have several this year. One is too carry the momentum we gained from last year into this year. Another goal is to put ourselves in a better position financially. Another goal is to be even more family oriented than we were last year. And the list goes on. But most importantly our goal of doing, saying, and being what God wants us to be is a must. We never want to stray from God and his will for our lives. I really feel like this year will be a year of spiritual renewal and God calling us into a deeper relationship with him as a family. There are a couple of verses that I like...
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We anxiously await to see what God reveals to us in the next year. I believe there are plans that will be far reaching beyond what we ever thought. We may not know what our words or actions might do, but we do know that as long as we are surrendered to God's will, we will experience joy and blessings of having a time of renew with God. I believe when I am writing about 2014 in a year, that I will be writing about how God blessed us, renewed us, and used us according to his riches and glory. This song is my theme this next year.
Blessings to you and your family this next year!!